Filthy Restaurant

Wilmington, North Carolina's Szechuan Buffet's notorious past has diners disgusted.

In June 2007, the Health Department closed down the restaurant after an inspector saw sushi being prepared on a garbage can.

Now local NBC affiliate WECT has obtained a video that shows a disturbing look into the kitchen.

The video includes a worker stomping garlic with his feet.

Another man is seen putting flounder that fell on the floor back into a pan of food to be prepared for customers.

"They leave everything on the floor, they always say no problem," said former Szechuan Buffet employee Jose Valios.

The restaurant's managers say things have changed since the video was shot, and pointed to their health inspection score of 100.5 as proof.

The restaurant's owners claim Valios holds a grudge because he was fired after the buffet closed.


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  • by Carl Location: Morehead City on Feb 10, 2008 at 09:35 PM
    As a pest control Technician, i have seen a lot of the same but how do you report it with out being blamed for it, or can it be annonimous?
  • by Gross Location: NC on Feb 7, 2008 at 02:03 PM
    hey people don't say it makes you only think about eating at a chinese restaurant, it could be any restaurant, just b/c it's chinese doesn't make a difference.
  • by Dan Location: Cape Carteret on Feb 6, 2008 at 03:14 PM
    Re.:Bilingual education does not use any local funds . It is funded by state and federal funds. I beg to differ, State and Federal funds originat locally in my local pocket. They are in fact local funds.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2008 at 12:37 PM
    Disgusting
  • by leola on Feb 6, 2008 at 12:16 PM
    hi, that just goes to show you, you never know ,what you're eating,when it comes to take-out. it makes me never want to eat out again. a disgrace and shame!!!
  • by La Tonya Location: Williamston on Feb 5, 2008 at 08:30 PM
    That is ridiculous, after seeing that video it makes me very skeptical about eating at any chinese rest. I am disgusted with the fact that anyone would do any human being like that and act like they are serving "animals". The health inspector should have close the rest. down for good to make an example out of them. Which would send a message to other rest. owners. That if they got caught doing anything that disgusting they would lose their rights to serve anyone food.
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