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A Very Special Back of the House: Insider Horror Stories

An online forum for wait staff called Kiss My Bitter Ass might not be the most reliable source of restaurant gossip. But this item, currently residing atop its bulletin board, is so horrifying that we had to pass it along. At midtown tourist trap Shelly's New York, according to the anonymous poster, a friend of the corporate executive chef came in with a woman of ill repute on his arm. "In the first few minutes, we see the chef of our restaurant in the back waiter station cleaning a thermometer." Where the thermometer had been isn't a story for a food blog. But even scarier is the story's aftermath: "Yes, that thermometer went back to the kitchen."

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