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    Public Health Department Shuts Down WeHo Shell Gas Station for Vermin Infestation

    The Department of Public Health conducted a routine inspection at the Shell Gas Station located at 8020 Santa Monica Boulevard, in West Hollywood, which resulted in corrective action and a follow-up inspection. The Retail Food Official Inspection Report dated Tuesday, September 5, 2023, gave the gas station an 82 score and a B grading which resulted in a suspended license and an order to close the facility for vermin infestation (roaches).

    Critical violations include:

    Violation #6: Adequate handwashing facilities supplied & accessible – 113953, 114067(f)

    Violation Text: Unobstructed, accessible, and clean handwashing sinks in good repair shall be provided with soap and towels or drying devices in dispensers; and separated from a warewashing sink by a 6 inch high metal splash guard or 24 inch separation.

    Corrective Action: Provide approved hand washing cleanser and single-use towels in dispensers or drying device at or adjacent to each hand washing facility.

    Observed the following:
    Facility missing single-use towels in dispensers.

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    Violation: # 23. No rodents, insects, birds, or animals – 114259.1,114259.4, 114259

    Violation Text: A food facility shall be constructed, equipped, maintained, and operated as to prevent the entrance and harborage of animals, birds,
    and vermin, rodents and insects. Animals other than service animals are not allowed inside a food facility.

    Corrective Action: Eliminate cockroaches and all evidence of cockroaches from the facility (e.g. egg capsules, dead cockroaches, fecal markings)
    from the facility by safe, legal and effective means at once.

    Observed the following:
    1. Approximately 3 live adult German Roaches on bathroom floor.
    2. Approximately 2 live nymph German Roaches in trash can adjacent to cashier.
    3. Approximately 2 live nymph German Roaches on boxes underneath counter.

    Other violations included the improper storage of poisonous substances like cleaning detergents, bleaches, and cleaning compounds that were not stored separately from food, utensils, packing materials and food-contact surfaces. Hot Shot Roach Killing Powder and Aerosol-Hot Shot Ant, Roach, and Spider Killer were found to not be properly stored.

    Shell also received low marks for surface areas not being maintained clean. Single reach in a bottom shelf had an accumulation of debris and the sliding 2-door refrigeration unit metal track was encrusted with debris.

    “You are charged with violation(s) of the California Health and Safety Code, sections 114259.1- Vermin Infestation (cockroaches) which pose an immediate danger to public health and safety,” read the final comments on the report. “You have the right to appeal this closure within 15 calendar days by submitting a written request to the Chief EHS of the office listed on the front of this report. Failure to request a hearing within 15 calendar days of the receipt of this notice shall be deemed a waiver of the right to a hearing. If your permit is suspended a second time within a 12 month period, your permit may be revoked. Failure to comply with this suspension may result in revocation of your Public Health Permit or the filing of misdemeanor criminal charges.”

    A re-inspection was scheduled for September 7, 2023. The results of that inspection are not currently available as of the posting of this article.

    To read the full report, click on the PDF file below:

    shell8020smb

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Gelson Heights Resident.
    Gelson Heights Resident.
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    4 months ago

    As of mid-November 2023 they have been closed for around a week. Is the closure permanent? Can’t find info anywhere.

    Tom
    Tom
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    7 months ago

    It’s a gas station. Who eats out of a gas station? Especially one that can’t have more than one person in the “lobby” area at the time.

    Tell me how clean that places are in the 7-11 stip mall down the street.

    TomSmart
    TomSmart
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    7 months ago

    Several neighbors have claimed their debit and credit cards have been compromised from this place over the years

    Weho artist
    Weho artist
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    7 months ago

    If you can, NEVER use debit cards at gas stations or anywhere else you think there could be a card skimmer. Credit cards always give you more protection.

    Kiss it
    Kiss it
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    7 months ago

    Shell , kiss it!

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    7 months ago

    So gross. I would like to see more reporting of businesses that are filthy and to have gross violations identified by the Board of Health (especially restaurants). The public needs to know.

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    7 months ago

    Nasty. They should be shut down and forced to literally clean up their act. There is no excuse for this especially when the situation is so visible to their employees.

    Michael Sauk
    Michael Sauk
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    7 months ago

    One of those Shell gas stations who charge $1.00 or more than any other station. Hope they go out of business. It is an insult to their neighborhood.

    Curtis
    Curtis
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    7 months ago

    Most expensive gas station yet they can’t keep it clean?!

    resident
    resident
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    7 months ago

    I’m happy to hear this. The place is really run down.

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