I was at what I thought was the BEST fried clams/seafood place in the area.
I was in the midst of making my first trek to this place for the season for out of this world clams and scallops.
It's the kind of place where you order at a counter, get a number, wait in line and pick up your order.
No frills, but visibly clean.
I was waiting in line and kitchen is open.
I was watching a line cook pull a tray of prepped portioned haddock from the fridge to be battered.
Long story short: As he was pulling it from the fridge the lid of the rubber container came off and half of the portions of haddock landed on the floor.
He sighed and bent down to pick them up while stating "the lids always come undone."
He said "I'm taking them out back" and proceeded to plunk the portions from the floor on top of the uncontaminated portions and disappeared.
My question: Why would he have put the contaminated fish on top of the uncontaminated fish if he intended to discard the portions that LANDED ON THE FLOOR.
I shudder as I have images of his washing the pieces and returning them to be prepared.
Am I overreacting? If he did this in front of customers, what is he doing outside the view of people?
Is it a reasonable assumption that is something lands on the cement floor it is discarded or am I naive?
I didn't say anything, I watched. What would you have done??