Our local health system is also RELENTLESS. It weeds out the lazy, incompetent, foolish and careless.
We have 4000 restaurants in a city of less than a million. Half of those places close every year.
Side note: more than half the closed-down restaurants are Chinese. Last month the health department closed down a very popular take-out Chinese, which got its food from its upstairs VERY popular restaurant.
They were BOTH closed down AND the place is NEVER, EVER, EVER, allowed to sell food again.
I had never seen THAT particular punishment before so the place must have been HORRIFICALLY filthy.
Sigh, it's all about money, innit?
Cleanliness COSTS and some folks are just too cheap to spend money on what they consider "unnecessary" expenditures.
I never eat Chinese any more. Even one of our close acquaintances, Chinese, won't go out to a Chinese restaurant. They are too filthy. She cooks at home.
SHE is the one who said, "Never sit at a table by the wall. You'll see the cockroaches climbing up and down. Sit in the center of the room."
RE: Cleanliness COSTS and some folks are just too cheap to spend money on what they consider “unnecessary” expenditures.
Look people understand that you must meet sanitary standards when you open restaurant or a food store.
However, This particular case is just one of the countless examples of REGULATION GOING TOO FAR.
Here we have A Health Department inspector bizarrely slapped a Brooklyn bagel shop with $1,650 in fines because sesame and poppy seeds fell to the floor while the bagels were being made during working hours.
How is he supposed to make seeded bagels without SOME of the tiny goods spilling onto the ground?
It’s not as if he isn’t cleaning up.
What this inspector without common sense apparently wants is for him to clean up after each and every bagel.
To demonstrate, Gormakh, the shop owner placed two poppy and sesame bagels on a table near his $60,000 wood-burning oven, where they are baked Montreal style smaller and chewier than their New York cousins.
Look, explained Gormakh, a few seeds are always going to be dropped when you are dipping the bagel in the seeds. They dont all stick like glue.
Now imagine the seeds from 100 bagels. Any place where bagels are produced will have these problems.
The inspector argued that sesame seeds on the floor will attract mice. The problem is several inspections found NO MICE in his shop.
Now, Gormakh and his son, Max have invested close to $900,000 in larger stainless steel preparation tables in hopes of containing seed fallout and an expensive water-filter vacuum to suck up the seeds from the floor.
Try making a profit off your small business because of this...
Multiply this case hundreds of times in NYC and you begin to understand why businessmen think THRICE before opening a business in the city.