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In this situation, should I call the Health Department?


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In this situation, should I call the Health Department?

MizYellowRose | Sep 9, 2008 03:11 PM

We have a favorite restaurant that we go to for sushi in our area. For the past 15 years, we've never noticed any problems. The staff is nice--they know us and know what we like to order. Two weeks ago we went for an early dinner. While waiting for our main course, we noticed a cockroach crawling along the wall by the next booth. We told the waitress about it and she told us that the restaurant next door to them never has an exterminator in the place. She told me that their restaurant (the sushi place) sprays twice a week and every three weeks uses one of those fog bombs. However, since the place next door does nothing about the problem, it has been causing the sushi place to have a problem.

Now I'm not naive enough to believe that restaurants never have problems with insect infestations but do believe that good restaurants will do all they can to avoid the problem. I got curious and looked up both the sushi restaurant and their neighbor's health department inspection records. The sushi place has had little in the way of problems. No mention of cockroaches until about 6 months ago when the inspector saw two of them. The restaurant sprayed and the health department did a follow-up and found no problems. However, the next door neighbor has had numerous critical violations and the last report mentioned a can of Raid kept by food which suggests that they do have a cockroach problem and are not calling in a professional.

Here's my dilemma---our waitress said that the sushi place owners have told the landlord what is going on but they haven't called the health department because they don't want to get the other restaurant in trouble. I think they're being too nice and by doing so it could negatively affect their business. With all that in mind, should I call the health department? And if so, what exactly do I say? Do I tell them what the waitress told us or do I phrase it differently? Thanks for any advice--we don't want to give up on our favorite local place for sushi!

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