Unpopular items on the salad bar never get replaced
“Stuff like lettuce and fresh vegetables gets replaced daily but the less popular or smaller items, like beans and beets, often don’t get replaced more than once a week – if that. With some of the items, like olives and pickles, I’m told to just dump the new stuff on top so the bottom layer could be months old. So vile!” – Chris P. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Ice cubes can be bacteria farms
“People do not know how rarely ice machines get cleaned inside and out. Lots of places I’ve worked will take off the nozzles and soak them in bleach and wipe down the outside every day but it’s probably been years since anyone thawed it out and cleaned the inside. I’ve seen ice machines with black mould, slime, and even cockroaches inside them. I don’t love room temperature water but I’d rather drink that than risk a nasty infection.” – Torie T.
And then most people put the lemon into their drink
“All the wait staff would cut the lemons for the day and put them in a big bowl before the restaurant opened. There was zero sanitation. Never washed the fruit. No idea who actually washed their hands. They’d roll off the table, get picked back up, and placed right back in the bowl.” – Heather H.