TN restaurant employees caught on camera washing supplies in lake


OLD HICKORY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Restaurant employees of No. 1 Chinese Restaurant in Old Hickory, Tennessee were caught on camera this week washing rags, a grill rack and other items in a lake.

Lance Glover captured the employees on camera and followed them back to the restaurant where they were taking the items inside.

Glover says he began filming the two employees Tuesday, who were dressed in rain boots as grease filled the lake. 

“The water was all rainbowy and everything,” said Glover.

He says he never saw them use detergent, just a scrub brush. 

While he watched them dip a number of rags, a grill rack and other items into the lake he says there were four large buckets of items that they had already rinsed in the lake water. 

“This ain’t a very clean lake, so it’s pretty gross. There’s all kinds of bacteria in this water,” Glover said. 

Within a few hours, the Metro Health Department was on the scene investigating. An employee with the health department said he made sure the restaurant properly washed the items and will continue to follow up with inspections. There have been no reported illnesses tied to the restaurant on Robinson Road.

The restaurant scored an 89 on the last health report in July. 

The Metro Public Health Department’s Food Division is closing the restaurant until they have demonstrated they have completed the necessary steps to clean and disinfect the food prep surfaces and equipment.

The restaurant notified the public that it would reopen at 6:30 p.m. the same day.

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