Finally, Some Letter Grades!

Well, hopefully, anyway.

The Register reports that a grand jury has recommended that Orange County move to implement the letter-grading system for restaurants that are used every freaking where else except here.

I have no idea why this hasn’t already been done.  As consumers, it is our right to know the level of compliance with state standards at the places we eat. 

I think I have heard some lame excuses from people that the letter system is not “business friendly” or some such blather.  Yeah, not business friendly only to those who get anything lower than a B, or maybe even anything lower than an A. Talk about an incentive to keep your kitchen and its environs clean!  You know, other than the whole possibly sickening your customers thing, which apparently isn’t enough for some businesses.

Just think, that whole Angel Stadium rat debacle could have been avoided altogether!  Once people saw a “D” rating, I’m betting they would have just eaten before the game.

I am very conscious of the letters displayed when I eat in LA, and I can’t imagine it would be different for anyone else.

3 Comments so far

  1. Jeff Donaldson (fejsez) on May 10th, 2008 @ 7:50 am

    I agree that we should adopt the letter system also. Make the establishments accountable for their actual score.
    I feel that most places in OC are so image conscious they dont want anything in their window besides a open sign and what cards they take.
    The only drawback I foresee is a couple of my favorite hole in the wall/ locals only places might get those "A" signs, and then make them more crowded. People that were afraid of them will show up in droves.

  2. SnJPhoto (socalcpl) on May 11th, 2008 @ 9:37 pm

    I agree with the letter grades as well. To go with your other ref. to excuses, the one that makes me the most bent is the excuse that it is targeting cultures that don’t have the same "health standards" as the US. Maybe its too simple to think that if other cultures did adopt better standards we wouldn’t have some of the health issues of today. Ya…I’m an idealist… I also have to believe the market for fake letter grades is already starting up… after all, if the average person can buy green cards and drivers licenses what’s the challenge in a simple giant letter on a piece of paper

  3. Jon (oc_jon) on May 12th, 2008 @ 5:22 pm

    Oh dear. First let me say, I support the letter grades! I prefer them. One question: Are theme parks exempt? I hope not! Lets just say I know a couple of parks that will not care for a less than "A" grade tarnishing their sterling reputation. :)

    Yay for the letter grades!

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