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Tillis on Hand-Washing: Restaurant Employees Shouldn't Be Required to

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Feb 2015 09:52 AM

Freshman U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis from North Carolina made a questionable comment about hand-washing this week, saying he doesn’t think it's necessary for restaurants to require employees to sanitize after using the restroom.

The Republican's comments Monday during an appearance at the Bipartisan Policy Center were captured on C-SPAN and came when the Republican was discussing regulatory reform, according to The Washington Post. He volunteered a story about visiting a Starbucks in 2010 and said his coffee companion asked him if he thought the employees should be required to wash their hands.

"As a matter of fact I think this is one where I think I can illustrate the point," Tillis said Monday. "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. The market will take care of that. It's one example."

Tillis later stood by his comments, telling The Associated Press that the company should have the choice to make a decision, but might pay a high price in the marketplace for doing so.

"Sometimes there are regulations that maybe we want to set a direction, but then let those who are regulated decide whether or not it makes sense," Tillis said. "They get to make that decision versus government."

The Washington Post's Colby Itkowitz pointed out, though, that the sign Tillis would want posted telling customers that the company has opted out of a hand-washing policy would require some government intervention in and of itself.

"Is requiring a sign not a regulation?" Itkowitz wrote.

The blog The Public Slate had a little fun with Tillis' comments, saying, "Freshman Senator Thom Tillis has told listeners at a Q&A event that he wants markets to kill germs instead of soap and water."

Mark Binker, of WRAL-TV, stood up for Tillis.

"To be clear, it sounds like Tillis fully endorses hand-washing and believes any business that opts out of the policy would soon find itself going out of business," Binker wrote. "However, outlets ranging from The Washington Post to the Chicago Sun-Times have worked themselves into a lather over the two-minute clip."



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Freshman U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis from North Carolina made a questionable comment about hand-washing this week, saying he doesn’t think it's necessary for restaurants to require employees to sanitize after using the restroom.
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