NYC restaurant: A mouse in the display case doesn’t mean a failed inspection

Being the typical older sibling, growing up middle-sister Lisa and I used to pick on youngest-sister Julie. Whenever we watched Disney movies we would assign Julie the nicknames of the odd Disney characters, like Gus-Gus. Gus-Gus, as some may recall, is one of the mice from Cinderella. Although Julie has forgiven us for the torture, the memories clearly have not faded. She messaged me recently to tell me she has acquired a new flatmate, named Gus-Gus, pictured right (next to his Disney counterpart).

While Julie and her new pet become acquainted, a New York City restaurant recently received a passing grade on its inspection even after photos of mice in the food display case were revealed, reports

The New York City Department of Health has given Junior’s Restaurant a passing grade, after two photos surfaced on the Internet which appeared to show a mouse in a display window (picture, right, from the source).

Junior’s owner says he took immediate action when he was made aware of the problem, calling it an isolated incident.

Earlier this week, health inspectors found evidence of mice in non-food areas and issued several violations.

City health inspectors went back Thursday for a reinspection.
The full results will be available on the city health department’s website next week.


Mmmm Gus-Gus turds.

Alligator’s have manners. Do you?

Megan Hardigree (right) writes,

Research shows that people learn handwashing and other hand hygiene acts at a young age, primarily during toilet training. To support parenting efforts, the Disney Channel’s television show, “Can You Teach my Alligator Manners,” reinforced hand hygiene manners on an episode today. Mikey’s pet alligator, Al, had the Alligator Sniffles. Mikey told Al he should cover his mouth and nose during sneezing and coughing with a tissue and to wash his hands (or paws) with soap and water thoroughly afterward to prevent the spread of germs.

We can all learn from Mikey and Al. Washing hands is not only important, but is necessary to do before and after eating or handling food, before and after using the bathroom, and, especially, when we are sick or have sick-like symptoms (e.g., sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose).

Thank you, Disney, for enforcing hand hygiene in children, and their parents, including my sister-in-law, Jessica, who watches the show everyday with my niece Kolbi Lee (below)