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#1 DonRocks

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:27 AM

WUSA9.com, in particular Russ Ptacek, is drawing attention to restaurants closed for health code violations.

Ugh, I can remember exactly what I've eaten at these places, too.

The reporter seems like pretty much of a bulldog in terms of investigative journalism.

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#2 The Delicious

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:36 AM

The WaPo runs similar announcements in the weekly Thursday local section. For some bizarre reason it's my absolute favorite.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:03 AM

i'm addicted to reading them too!

however, most of the ones in the post seem to be in va and md, which i find odd. perhaps the DC inspectors aren't as active, or the information from dc is harder to get?

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:25 PM

I'll let everyone voice their own opinions, but here's mine:

Bravo, Mia, for standing up to this reporter. I don't give you "props" for coming out and apologizing; I give you props for not hauling off and slugging these people when you found out you were being filmed without your knowledge. I don't care if it's "legal" or not; you were lured into a public space, and then secretly filmed for private profit. The restraint you showed is commendable.

In no way should you be embarrassed about this. If I ever abuse what little power I have to *this* degree, I want to be called out for it, loudly and publicly. It wasn't the "content" of the piece; it was the smugness behind it, and *you* were made the centerpiece of the story despite having an absolutely clean restaurant - you were portrayed side-by-side with some truly filthy establishments. Sometimes, when you're in an older building, surrounded by neighbors, you can no more keep out mice or insects than you can rain in the basement. And I'll be darned if I want to dine at a restaurant that's spraying pesticides all over the place.

If anyone wants to make the argument that this person is performing a "public service," I'll counter by saying that Ballinger, and her having been taken off-guard, was used as the headline for this piece, literally: "Chef Shoves Camera Covering Health Violations in Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring And The District." The first *eleven* paragraphs of the piece were about you. Public service, my eye. Getting caught on camera being pissed off at overly aggressive reporters isn't a "public service"; it's sensationalism in order for the reporters to earn a buck, and nothing more than that.

Judge for yourselves. Tonight, I'm raising a glass to Mia Ballinger. And sometime in the very near future, I'm going to Mia's Pizzas and giving them my business.

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Over 24 hours later, the total number of comments on WUSA9's website? Zero. So much for generating controversy. I understand that Mr. Ptacek might have his heart in the right place, but if so, then he's going about it in the wrong way.

Edited by DonRocks, 03 November 2012 - 04:41 PM.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 05:39 PM

November sweeps.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:16 PM

It wasn't the "content" of the piece; it was the smugness behind it, and *you* were made the centerpiece of the story despite having an absolutely clean restaurant - you were portrayed side-by-side with some truly filthy establishments.


"Live roaches on the counter and on a cutting board during food prep"

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:27 PM

"Live roaches on the counter and on a cutting board during food prep"


The violations had been addressed, and the restaurant was absolutely clean.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:23 PM

It's easy to get a good grade when you know the question in advance...I think the grade on the pop quiz is far more telling.
We're not talking about some mouse droppings behind the fridge. You may feel that live roaches on the counter and cutting board DURING FOOD PREP (my emphasis) isn't a big deal, but that's pretty darn icky to me, and I'm not the squeamish type.
I have no problem with you disliking the report or the reporter...I could go into an in-depth analysis of what's good and bad about his pieces...but making Mia seem like a completely innocent victim here is letting her off the hook far too easily.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:29 PM

It's easy to get a good grade when you know the question in advance...I think the grade on the pop quiz is far more telling.


This interview was a pop quiz.

If you think roaches in restaurants are disgusting, you may not want to go out much because I've got some bad news for you.

Off the top of your head, can you name all five restaurants in the report? Neither can I.

Three days later, still zero comments on the website. I'm tempted to delete this entire thread (and if Mia's asks me to, I will) because it's shining an excessively bright light on the situation, and giving this unbalanced piece more attention than it deserves.

The list of restaurants in violation is a public service.
The article about the list is self-service.

This is not investigative journalism; this is ambulance chasing.

I'm a little surprised no restaurants have chimed in, but I suspect they're afraid they'll be targeted if they do.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:34 AM

I would imagine that most, if not all, restaurants have some sort of mouse/roach issue. Yet a vast majority aren't bad enough to get shut down after a health inspection.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:20 AM

I don't have anything more to add, so I'll let you have the last word, unless someone from Mia's or another restaurant wishes to chime in.

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