The owner of the restaurant "Gastown", where the client was filmed as a towel of an unchanged rat from the bowl of soup, said it would be "impossible" for the animal to enter into food that was not observed by staff.
Contessa Choe's friend posted Instagram's indecent social media image, becoming viral, causing Crab Park Chowdery to lose 75 percent of its customers overnight. Since then, people have been discussing whether it was either a hoax from both women or a violation of hygiene in the restaurant.
Choe rejected the suggestions that set the video.
"Why would you do it?" She said. "Why would I bring a rat to the restaurant, where would I get a rat? Why would I get a rat and bring it to the restaurant and put it in a soup? That's fantastic."
She immediately apologized for swearing, but said she was frustrated with comments on the Internet and disputed her intentions, and even called her racially charged name.
"I did not even want to publish it," she said, adding her friend who had recently moved from Ukraine and had the habit of documenting everything she had experienced and to publish, no.
"This is precisely the reaction I did not want," Cho said.
Her friend, Adele or Adelaine, did not return the message posted on her Instagram account.
Owner Ashton Phillips said he thoroughly investigated a woman's request by going to great lengths to repeat the production of soup under similar circumstances, including the use of a dead rat.
"We went and got a rat because we wanted to be as authentic as possible," he said.
He said they were repeating the process of mixing and filling bread bowls and could not soak the container without noticing the rodent in the steel container, an 8-ounce container, or a container of about four inches in diameter.
"We are confused," he said. "We drowned (rat) for four hours to see if it would sail or sink, and the rat could clearly be seen there, it was floating and it was impossible not to see it." We could not release it without the part of the rat who ran. we filled the cup, this big part fell into the bowl. "
He also said that the 50-gallon steam boiler soup was cooked in was lidded and it was impossible for any pests to enter, and the other 20-liter containers were placed on brackets 3.5 meters above the floor.
While Phillips said he did not want to criticize women, he said there were a number of factors that questioned the credibility of the short video.
"There is not much reaction," he said. "If I found a rat in my soup, I think I'll be a bit exhausted." They were pretty carefree. "
He also said that women took some photos before complaining about the server. And he doubted why Choe's friend posted the photo on Instagram's account with 33 followers, one of which was not used for a year, instead of posting other photos of many followers.
He also doubted why Cho accepted the $ 100 gift certificate at the same restaurant where a rat was placed.
Cho said that everything she wants is a reconstruction of the soup and said she did not intend to use the gift and threw it. Choe (24) and a student after finishing high school in a school and a program she did not want to name, said she was tired of the attention she had posted. She said: "I hope not" when asked if she thinks she will face a lawsuit.
The soup was produced in the rented basement of the restaurant of Mamie Taylor, a business arrangement that has since ended, at the request of Mami's owner, said Philips.
Phillips said the consequences of viral disclosure caused at least $ 2,000 in a lost inventory after Vancouver city health inspectors ordered an eroded stock of up to 75 percent of daily income – 600 to 700 a day from $ 2,000 to $ 2,500 before the incident – and a blow to the reputation of the restaurant.
But he said he had no intention of suing Choi.
He said the city had ordered him to continue working in the restaurant, but he had to find a new production kitchen.
"They (the inspectors) gave us a clean health bill," and added that his kitchens always go through routine inspections of the city.
He said the inspectors once found "a small part of the rodent's activity". But it could have been an ant. Nothing that was critical. It was a minor offense. "
The Vancouver inspection records show Crab Park Chowdery with a small number of critical and non-critical offenses in recent years, but it is also common for other restaurants that are listed, from high to fast foods. The list does not contain specifics, but inspections cover a wide range of criteria, including wastewater, plumbing, garbage removal, etc. And the presence of insects and rodents is a critical breach, such as a lack of toilets or hand-culvert stations.
Vancouver Coastal health investigated Crab Park Chowdery and temporarily shut down Mamie Taylor. The restaurant was allowed to open, but the closed cellar cell where there was "evidence of rodent activity".
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