GOP Senator: Don’t Force Restaurant Employees To Wash Hands After Using The Bathroom


Never shake Sen. Thom Tillis’s hand. The North Carolina Republican said on Monday that he’s okay with the idea of restaurant workers not washing their hands after making poo poo or pee pee.

You see, Tillis is another Republican who hates regulations, even if it spreads germs, including E Coli.

“I was having a discussion with someone, and we were at a Starbucks in my district, and we were talking about certain regulations where I felt like ‘maybe you should allow businesses to opt out,’” Tillis said, “as long as they indicate through proper disclosure, through advertising, through employment literature, or whatever else.”

Tillis was, at the time, the minority whip of the North Carolina House of Representatives, according to the District Sentinel.

“She said, ‘I can’t believe that,’” he continued while recalling the story. “And at that time we were sitting back at a table that was near the restrooms and one of the employees just came out. She said: ‘For example, don’t you believe that this regulation that requires this gentleman to wash his hands before he serves your food is important and should be on the books?’”

“I said: ‘As a matter of fact, I think it’s one that I can [use to] illustrate the point,’” he remarked. “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,”’” he recalled, as the audience chuckled. “The market will take care of that.’”

“That’s the sort of mentality that we need to have to reduce the regulatory burden on this country,” he added. “We’re one of the most regulated nations in the history of the planet.”

Bipartisan Policy Center President Jason Grumet joked that he was “not sure” he would shake Sen. Tillis’ hand when the discussion was over, causing the lawmaker and members of the audience to laugh…

He does, however, oppose a federal minimum wage and was against raising the minimum wage for North Carolina.

The policies likely led to restaurant workers in the Tar Heel State turning up for shifts while sick.


According to Roll Call, the freshman U.S. Senator also discussed his efforts to build relationships, particularly with Senate Democrats.

“It’s really nice being irrelevant; it’s great being a freshman because you can really spend time just finding your way around,” Tillis said. “That’s what I am doing now and trying to build relationships that I think will be helpful on both sides of the aisle. … I’ve spent most of my time reaching out to members of the Democratic caucus and meeting with them one on one.”

It’s a trap! Do not shake his hand.

If you don’t wash your hands after using the bathroom facilities, I suggest you shake Tillis’s hand, or just wipe your hands across his freedom shirt. Obviously, he won’t mind.

This guy is real deep thinker.

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H/T: Roll Call.

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