Cindy just posted here about higher standards for adoptive parents.
(Not that what went down here is in the same league as what Cindy goes through, of course.)
I was recently surprise-inspected by the state and had the following infractions noted.
1. Uncovered/unrefrigerated food: A) Bowl of (unpeeled) bananas and apples on kitchen table. Bananas and apples purchased the day before yesterday-- they are not rotten or nasty or buggy. B) The cake I was in the middle of frosting when the doorbell rang: I did not put the cake or frosting back in the refrigerator before I answered the door.
2. No thermometer inside the fridge. (There's a digital display on the outside of the fridge that shows the inside temperatures of both the freezer and refrigerator.)
3. No safety lock on vacuum cord. (Cord was coiled and snapped in place, and the vacuum was in the garage.)
4. Licence not posted out in the open. (It is taped on the inside of a cupboard door next to the emergency numbers.)
5. Unsanitary Conditions: No paper towels in bathrooms. (We use fabric towels, and have many hand towels next to and under the sinks.)
I think there was another one, but I'm so mad right now that I don't even want to look at the forms. This is the second time we've been inspected by the state in nine months, though we had warning for the first. The visits are supposed to be random, spit out by some computer program. The insane thing is that having a bowl of fresh fruit on the table, a modern fridge, not advertising to everyone who walks in that Huck is our fosterkid, and washcloths are as big a deal (number-of-infraction-wise) as if the inspector had witnessed me slapping Huckle across the face five times. I am so angry that I am shaking.