Of course, that's bullshit, but some dumbass libertarian type actually tried to argue this with me on facebook after the post I made about the topic a couple of days ago. Here's what I told her:
Susan, I have no doubt that all restaurants, in this hypothetical reality with no public health code, because health codes are "burdensome regulations," would definitely want to have the public perception that they are shining spotless clean. But there is a difference between public perception, needless to say, and reality, and businesses, as a matter of course, are always trying to shape public perception.'Nuff said.
But here's the reality: restaurants are ALWAYS on the verge of being filthy pits. Just always. And lots of them, which LOOK clean, get nailed by public health inspectors on a fairly regular basis. That is, restaurants break the law routinely. There is absolutely no reason to believe that the "market" would do better than the law. I mean, when these restaurants get busted, they have to clean up or shut down. So you either comply or lose your business.
It is extraordinarily naive to think that the "market" would assure that employees wash their hands after going to the bathroom. This is a recipe for a hepatitis outbreak. You clearly have no idea what you're talking about.
I mean, this guy always had something to report.