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Grab Your Purell, This Senator Thinks Restaurant Employees Not Washing Their Hands Is Totally Cool

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We’ve all seen those signs, “Employees Must Wash Hands Before Returning to Work” in just about every restaurant bathroom—even McDonald’s. And while most of us, I assume, just took it for granted that, duh, of course employees are going to wash their hands because the alternative is DISGUSTING, I guess not everybody is all about that whole hygiene thing.

And apparently, not everybody is scared of gross, post-taking-a-shit germs getting in their food, because one Senator from North Carolina thinks that restaurant employees shouldn’t be required to wash their hands after a trip to the bathroom.

Now let’s say what we’re all thinking: “Ew!

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Be careful if you ever are in a situation where you might shake Republican Senator Thomas Tillis’ hand, because the North Carolina politician declared at the Bipartisan Policy Center on Monday that businesses should have the right to opt out of washing their hands, “as long as customers are made aware of the situation” through “proper disclosure, through advertising…or whatever else.” According to the District Sentinel, Tillis makes this argument on the assumption that once people hear about employees going rogue, customers would stop eating there, thus, allowing the free market to eliminate the business.

But what if you’re on a road trip or in an unfamiliar area and don’t know the restaurant has a bad rap? What if you are just a little bit slow to the game, don’t pick up on the restaurants HORRIBLE policy and don’t realize your penne vodka is LITTERED WITH FECES?! Most food chains (cough, cough, Taco Bell) have enough unhealthy ingredients in their food that we really don't need any crazy outliers like this.

There are just SO many things wrong with this proposal, I think Tillis may not be so right in the head. And people elected him for something important!

Look, restaurants are gross enough. There are germs, refrigerator malfunctions, vermin, bugs, faulty dishwashers, and there are even angsty teen waitresses fiddling with their nose rings. And who even knows what else! Plus, according to the CDC, the “spread of germs from the hands of food workers to food” is the largest cause of food contamination by restaurant workers. So why, oh why, would we eliminate something like hand washing, which is a surefire way to at least reduce the spread of germs from hands to food, and from food to other people.

Let’s all just agree that Tillis is whacked. And let's all agree that, if we ever see him, we'll give him the ‘ol fist bump instead of a handshake.

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