Sen. Thom Tillis Wants Hand-Washing Optional For Restaurant Workers (Video)


Sen. Thom Tillis  announced on Feb. 2 at the Bipartisan Policy Center that he supports not legally requiring restaurant workers to wash their hands before returning to work as long as customers are made aware of the unsanitary situation.

According to, Tillis, a Republican, said he was having a discussion with someone in his district in North Carolina at a Starbucks coffee store when the topic of business regulations came up (video below).

“I said, ‘I don’t have any problem with Starbucks if they choose to opt out of this policy as long as they post a sign that says, We don’t require our employees to wash their hands after leaving the restroom,'" recalled  Tillis. “The market will take care of that. And so, I mean, it's one example, but then let them decide."

“We’re one of the most regulated nations in the history of the planet, and I think if we go about it in a common sense way that that solves a lot of problems," complained Tillis, reported "It makes these other big problems that we’re talking about imminently more easy to solve.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends hand-washing: "Before, during, and after preparing foood; before eating food; before and after caring for someone who is sick; before and after treating a cut or wound; after using the toilet."

Sources:,, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ Image Credit: YouTube Screenshot


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