Freshman Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) is campaigning for a curious right during his first campaign: the right for restaurant employees not to practice proper hygiene. According to the District Sentinel, Tillis does not support a minimum wage increase, or mandatory paid sick leave, but he does support a restaurant employee’s right to not wash his or her hands after using the restroom.
Everyone is so used to the signs in restaurant bathrooms explicitly stating, “employees must wash hands before returning to work,” but, according to Tillis, employees should be free to do whatever they please (even while handling food), so long as this fact is made clear to customers.
“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 said at the Bipartisan Policy Center. “The market will take care of that.’”
Tillis doesn’t seem to support unhygienic practices, but rather supports small government that meddles in the affairs of Americans as little as possible, and believes that “people vote with their wallets,” in instances like this. Demand drives the market, according to Tillis, and demand is high for restaurant cleanliness.