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Health Inspectors Describe the Nastiest Things They've Found in Restaurants

Updated July 1, 2019 30.2k votes 3.8k voters 133.7k views17 items

List RulesVote up the most heinous and disgusting stories from restaurants you just hope you've never visited.

When going out to eat, your main concern is probably what's on the menu, not what you can't see: the state of the restaurant's kitchen. But as this list of the nastiest things health inspectors have found in kitchens illustrates, maybe you should be a little more concerned about the folks preparing your meal and what they're doing (or not doing) beyond the dining room. 

Health inspectors, champions of the public's health and safety, at times have a pretty disgusting job, oddly similar to crime scene photographers and professionals who come into contact with skin

This rundown of gross health inspector discoveries comes courtesy of Reddit. There, inspectors themselves share the downright ickiest things they've come across. Be warned: most of these stories aren't for the faint of heart - or the light of stomach.

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    A Moth Dying Underneath The Lasagna

    From a former Redditor:

    I once went to a place that I really thought was great. I'd eaten there several times but never had the chance to rate it in any official capacity. I was having my usual lasagna, and as I pulled off the top layer, a live moth was there burning to death.

    I didn't have the heart to close them or pay for my meal; I just walked out and never came back.

    Is this disgusting?
  • 10

    Construction Dust In The Donut Dough

    From Redditor /u/JackBlackRocker:

    I could go on and on, but probably one of the worst was Walmart doing a remodel in the bakery department. The "chefs" were preparing donuts and cakes for the day while the "carpenters" were changing out ceiling tiles directly above them.

    Fiberglass insulation, dust, [and miscellaneous] nasty things were floating down into the dough and everyone carried on like nothing was happening.

    Is this disgusting?
  • 11

    Meat Being Cut With A Wood Saw

    From Redditor /u/Abide_or_Die:

    Cutting meat with a wood power table saw on the ground outside the back door next to dirty mops.

    Is this disgusting?
  • 12

    Pests Being Set On Fire

    From Redditor /u/GADCPR:

    I was a health inspector for six years in metro Atlanta. There were places [within] earshot of the [Centers for Disease Control], where employees frequently ate lunch. Some were infested with roaches and mice.

    One owner attempted to do his own pest control by setting the pests on fire. Nothing shocks me.

    Is this disgusting?