Look, we’re all concerned about food waste. But for restaurants, there’s definitely a line between not wasting food and getting yourself in trouble with the health department. Taking food off one customer’s table and then serving it to another pretty clearly falls into the latter group, no matter how much those chips “look” like they went untouched.
It’s an issue that recently got Michigan-based restaurant Su Casa Mexican in hot water when the mother of a former employee decided to expose the joint’s chips and salsa policy on Facebook. “My daughter … was told not to throw away the salsa, chips, etc that come back that ‘looked’ like they haven't been touched!” Kristie Bowie wrote on the social media site. “She did not feel comfortable with this so asked the owner if it was true. He said is was true so she put her notice in and worked her shift. The owner belittled my daughter telling her she had no common sense…!”
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