Social media abuzz over restaurant data

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – News 4 viewers are “eating up” our newly posted restaurant inspection database. Already well over 100,000 people have checked out the database through their computer or mobile device.

And with so many people accessing the information, it’s leading to some interesting comments.

Dave commented on our Facebook page, “Great. I ate one of the worst restaurants Saturday. You could have posted this Friday and saved me the grief of eating at a germ factory!”

Sorry Dave! But the good news is you’ll be able to check this information at any time before you go out to eat.

On Twitter, viewers shared their disbelief about some of worst offenses and shared stories with friends about experiences at their favorite restaurants.

Jeremy tweeted, “I’m just shocked. Dirty ladies’ restroom, potential pests and potentially hazardous food holding… At Olive Garden.”

He went on to recommend different ways to view the database and find critical violations.

He told a friend, “I keep wondering what places other people are looking up and finding good/not good.”

Erin, whose Twitter handle is “29andhungry,” tweeted, “Now obsessed looking up places I like to eat on this thing and debating how bad I think the violations are. Gah!”

But with the bad news comes relief, when favorite eateries are found by the health department to be clean.

“Places I like generally have 0-1 critical violations, or remedied them. Some of the offenders are just egregious and amazing,” Erin tweeted.

One thing we found mentioned several times on social media is that our viewers would like to see this taken further, and have health inspections become letter grades posted in restaurant windows, just like they do in some other parts of the country.

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