A businessmen in Exeter, UK has come up with an innovative way to handle his Chinese restaurant’s rodent infestation: build a wall around it. As silly as it sounds, we think many Shanghai establishments (and Mission Chinese) should take note. According to the local rag, Express & Echo:
Environmental health officers served a Hygiene Improvement Notice at the Thai Shanghai restaurant after finding rat droppings in “various locations” on the premises in April 2013.
Business owner David Jim was told to ensure within one month that “adequate procedures” were put in place to control pests – or risk having the establishment temporarily closed.
Mr Jim told the Echo: “When the railway line flooded, the rats went to the nearest dry land. Since then we’ve built a five-foot wall around the building to prevent rodents entering our premises again.
Unfortunately, while it may keep out the rodents, it apparently won’t keep out the restaurant’s piss-poor hygiene practices. Along with rat turds, inspectors found “rotting ‘swedes’ on a shelf in the store room; boiled rice and cooked chicken stored at room temperature, and no supply of hot water.”
Perhaps this is the restaurant that should’ve been called “Real China” instead of that other one in Leicester.
Shanghai has seen more than its fare share of rodent problems from mice in rice at local RT marts to rat being pawned off as lamb at hotpot restaurants.