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Md. Considers Restaurant Grading System

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SALISBURY, Md.- A new bill proposed by some Maryland lawmakers would grade restaurants for cleanliness and plaster those grades on their windows for the public to see.

"If you go somewhere to eat, I would like to know if I am eating at a clean restaurant or if they had bad reviews or not," said Ty Spence of Salisbury.
You would think every customer would want to know a restaurant's dirty truth. But some people say they rather not.

"Not everything is going to be perfect," said Stephanie Shrieves of Salisbury. "But it's so much easier to, more convenient to go out and eat. So sometimes you got to block that stuff out and just pretend you don't know."

One local eatery wants its customers to know how it scored during health inspections.

"We work really hard to keep this place clean," said Brittany Stewart,  who works at the Tastee Freez on North Salisbury Boulevard in Salisbury. "We are always cleaning if we are not busy."

Stewart says she washes her hands at least 20 times a day.

"This is where all of the yucky stuff goes that comes off the grill," Stewart said. "we never cook food on top of old food."

When asked how would Tastee Freez score, head cook Crystal Thomas said, "I think we would score all A's."

The state health department and restaurant industry advocates are fighting against the bill.  A task force plans to study the impact of a grading system in Maryland.

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