How do you know that chicken sandwich is actually chicken and not rat meat? I mean, really, how do you KNOW? A Vietnamese restaurant in St. Petersburg, Florida has been accused of capturing rats from the roof and garbage bins and serving the rat meat to unsuspecting customers. Please don't let it be true! But how would anyone know for sure?
A television crew invaded the restaurant to ask questions. The customers loyally defended the place. But the owner refused to speak to the reporter, the cashier wouldn't allow cameras into the kitchen, and then there's the latest health inspection: 18 critical health violations. Um ... where there's smoke, there's fire?
My favorite quote: "I can't really see them doing that, seriously." No, of course you can't! No one wants to believe they eat at a rat-serving restaurant. Sure rats are eaten on the other side of the world where meat is more scarce. But it'll take an apocalypse before rats become accepted nosh here in the U.S.
Seriously, though, those health code violations are a red flag even if you don't believe the rat sandwich story. Rat droppings in the kitchen are enough to turn my stomach. And while the camera crew wasn't allowed in the kitchen, they did take a peek into that outdoor "prep" area and saw a few things that shouldn't be going on at a restaurant.
Maybe the rat-cooking story was, erm, cooked up as a way to lure the state health inspectors back for a second look? I mean, they're apparently repeat offenders. And if the owner won't go on camera or allow anyone to film in the kitchen, it must be because they have something to hide.
Do you think it's possible that this restaurant is serving rat meat?
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