CH: This post and the comments are all making me a bit nauseous!! As much as I love to eat out, this is making me rethink it!!
I personally haven't found anything worse than a hair in my food...although I witnessed a heat light breaking over the french fries holder at a Burger King once and then the workers turned and scooped them up for a customer.....I, of course, pointed this out to them....I'm pretty sure they had to have heard/saw it happen...but didn't seem to care. Crazy. I passed on the fries.
I read in the paper recently about some gigantic, deadly, foreign-country spider crawling around the produce at a Whole Foods store recently...but there was some talk about whether it was really the deadly kind or just the other huge, hairy kind that isn't actually deadly....either way - HUGE tarantula-looking spider crawling around in Whole Foods is pretty creepy!
JH: Just watch the movie "Waiting" and you'll never eat out again! I can't think of anything too out of the ordinary food-wise, but I once bought a cheapie pencil sharpener and when I got it home found something disturbing. I kid you not ... there was a pubic hair inside of the pencil sharpener where the shavings end up, and the product itself was all packaged, so it came from the factory like that! I wanted to take it back, but Joe wanted to keep it to show people! He was like "when will something like this ever happen again?!"