Howsweet, WOW!! A bakery that sells food that is growing mold? It is a wonder that they have not been shut down yet. It is pretty gross that they never cleaned the place. Don't they have health food inspectors that come around and check out these bakeries? What state was this bakery in? You have to keep your kitchen spotless and clean up as you go otherwise you are feeding the roaches and they would be breeding like crazy. Yuck!!!
I remember my husband telling me about Madison Avenue in NY where he used to deliver to these fancy resturants and he told me he would go down into the basement of the restaurant and said there would be rats that were huge running around the restaurant and roaches like nobody's business running around. This was about 30 years or so ago when he lived in NY. I guess that is why my husband and I do not eat out hardly ever.
I know it's so bizarre that it sounds like I'm making it up. I should explain that it was not a mom and pop bakery, but a national chain grocery store bakery department in a high end neighborhood in Houston. And yes, they had "inspections". I never quite understood it, but it seemed like they paid a private company to do the health inspections. All the inspectors cared about was that there was nothing on the floor. They chatted with the bakery manager, but didn't open a drawer or pull anything out.
And if anyone is interested, the bakery manager told me that the decorated cakes portion of the bakery operated at a loss, but doing so kept people in the store buying other bakery items like breads, cookies, pastries. It was necessary to sell cakes to keep the bakeries out of business. That why you pretty much never see a a strip center with a bakery and a grocery store. The grocery store sees that it's in the lease. They actively do everything they can to keep bakeries from being in existence. That's true with florist shops, too. There used to be florists and bakeries everywhere, like dry cleaners. but that's a thing of the past. Even though grocery stores produce an inferior product.