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‘Dirty bathroom equals dirty kitchen’: Public health inspector reveals the worst restaurant red flags that indicate you should NEVER eat there – from unhappy staff to massive menus

  • TikTok user @toofar_north shared the guidelines she follows in a brief yet educational video that has been viewed more than 696,000 times 
  • Thanks to her work as a health inspector, she will longer eat at places with buffets, dirty bathrooms, too-large menus, and unhappy employees 
  • She further elaborated on her reasoning for avoiding these types of places in the comments, explaining that buffets are ‘unsanitary’ with ‘lots of germ spread’
  • The expert added that a dirty bathroom equals a dirty kitchen, a lengthy menu is a sign of ‘cheap frozen food,’ and miserable employees indicate ‘bad owners’

A public health inspector has revealed the biggest restaurant red flags to look out for when dining out, saying she avoids these types of places at all costs. 

TikTok user @toofar_north shared the guidelines she follows in a brief yet educational video that has been viewed more than 696,000 times since it was posted over the weekend. 

Thanks to her work as a health inspector, she will longer eat at places with buffets, dirty bathrooms, too-large menus, and unhappy employees.

‘I’ve seen a lot,’ she noted in the caption. 

TikTok user @toofar_north revealed the places she won't eat as a public health inspector in a brief yet educational video

TikTok user @toofar_north revealed the places she won’t eat as a public health inspector in a brief yet educational video 

The expert said she avoids buffets because they are 'unsanitary' with 'lots of germ spread'

The expert said she avoids buffets because they are ‘unsanitary’ with ‘lots of germ spread’

The expert further elaborated on her reasoning for avoiding these types of places in the comments, explaining that buffets are ‘unsanitary’ with ‘lots of germ spread.’ 

Her stance on buffets isn’t particularly shocking considering the number of reports about how they are a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, and parasites.  

There is no way to know if the people who are handling the food at the self-serving stations — including the other diners — are being sanitary. There is also the issue of the food being left out for hours on end. 

An estimated 48 million (1 in 6) people in the U.S. get sick with food poisoning each year, and 3,000 people die from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

She said a dirty bathroom is another red flag because it equates a 'dirty kitchen'

She said a dirty bathroom is another red flag because it equates a ‘dirty kitchen’

The health inspector made it clear in her video that the temptation of an all-you-can-eat buffet isn’t worth the risk. 

Her reason for avoiding restaurants with dirty bathrooms is also obvious: She equates the uncleanliness with a ‘dirty kitchen,’ which is probably a fair assessment considering her line of work. 

More than 80 percent of consumers would avoid a restaurant with a dirty restroom, according to a 2013 survey. 

However, a number of viewers didn’t understand why she would shun a restaurant just because it has a lengthy menu. 

The health inspector noted that a lengthy menu is another no-no because it is a sign the place serves 'lots of cheap frozen food'

The health inspector noted that a lengthy menu is another no-no because it is a sign the place serves ‘lots of cheap frozen food’

As for places where the staffers seem truly miserable, she pointed out this is usually a sign of a 'bad owner'

As for places where the staffers seem truly miserable, she pointed out this is usually a sign of a ‘bad owner’ 

The expert explained that a never-ending list of meal options is a sign that the place serves ‘lots of cheap frozen food,’ proving that more isn’t always better. 

As for places where the staffers seem truly miserable, she pointed out this is usually a sign of a ‘bad owner.’ 

Hundreds of viewers commented on the video, and many people who work in the restaurant industry agreed with her assessments. 

‘I learned from a health inspector that if the bathrooms are bad the kitchen is probably bad. My rule of thumb!’ one TikTok user wrote. 

The video has been viewed more than 696,000 times, and many people who work in the restaurant industry agreed with her assessments

The video has been viewed more than 696,000 times, and many people who work in the restaurant industry agreed with her assessments

‘My dad would always check out the restrooms before [dining out],’ someone else shared. ‘We didn’t understand until we got older and [he] told us the reasoning for doing that.’

Another person claimed her list covers ‘almost every restaurant,’ but she insisted that ‘there are plenty of places that meet [her] guidelines.’ 

And while she didn’t name any names, there was one chain restaurant that came to people’s minds thanks to its extensive menu.  

‘Uh oh. There goes Cheesecake Factory. Their menu is a novel,’ one viewer joked. 

‘So it’s a no for cheesecake factory,’ another added. ‘Their menus are 7 pages long.’ 

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