A reader called into the newsroom the other day with a tip about cockroaches. She said she had dined at a South Sound pancake parlor. She said she saw roaches crawling on three tables –- and one roach that she said crawled out of a customer's crepe.
Here's what the caller said happened next: The pancake parlor manager picked roaches off the table and asked the customers if they wanted their "meals repaired." The caller told the TNT's Reader Representative that she was going to tell her story to the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department.
I checked out the pancake parlor's inspection report on the Health Department's Food Service Inspection Reports Web page. Between March 24, 2005 and May 22, 2006 (the Health Department's online records go back one year), the pancake parlor was not cited for any pest-control violations. It was cited five times for critical violations, including hand-washing and holding-temperature infractions. It was dinged seven times for lesser violations.