Eat at Yum’s, food from a Bum!

Photo courtesy of christaki

I’m a regular reader of BarfBlog, which is as unappetizing as you think but also quite excellent: it’s actually a blog run by food safety expert Doug Powell that talks about food safety, in theory and in practice. The kind of behind-the-scenes information they ran about the recent tomato/salmonella scare, for example, was great.

I opened the blog a minute ago to look at the most recent entries and at the top was a submitted report from one of our fellow citizens describing a disturbing event at a Yum’s location here in DC. Personally I think if you eat at Yum’s you deserve anything you get, but if you still eat at Yum’s after reading this…. well, draw your own conclusion.

The not-clean-man had placed three large, bloody styrofoam Safeway containers of some kind of raw meat on the counter. The old Chinese lady behind the counter was saying “Ten dolla! I give you ten dolla!” and the improperly-sanitized-guy said that was fine. The hipsters and I exchanged wide-eyed glances as it dawned on us that this dude was *selling* meat to the restaurant, meat that he had somehow obtained from Safeway…

Szechuan Beef Proper, courtesy of christaki

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


6 thoughts on “Eat at Yum’s, food from a Bum!

  1. Instead of “exchanging wide-eyed glances” with your fellow hipsters, you should have reported this crime to the police. Since you have no sense of community & no scruples, you make a few arch comments. Good for you.

  2. I know that the original blogger attributes this to his wife – but I still can’t shake the feeling that it sounds like an urban legend. I know, I know… since I read it on the internet, it must be true, right? Hm…

  3. I don’t know exactly who you’re addressing, Freddie, but I think I was pretty clear that I’m quoting from the blog where I found it, not reporting a first-hand account.

    I googled a bit after Jonathan commented on attribution and found that it seems to originate from a comment on Prince of Petworth’s blog. It’s also retold on Lonnie Bruner’s blog here, and, as Jonathan says, identified as being written by his wife.

  4. Freddie – Don’s pants are way too loose for him to be a hipster, so it was clearly not him who had this experience. He also lacks the proper amount of ennui. Just a small correction.

    Don, thanks for pointing this out. I have not heard of Yum’s and am now glad of that. I bet that old/gone bad meat would be pretty good stir-fried, though.