Portland city inspectors found no evidence that employees of Marcy’s Diner spat in or otherwise compromised food served to patrons.

The diner drew national media attention last month after owner Darla Neugebauer yelled at a 2-year-old who had been crying in the restaurant.

Both Neugebauer and Tara Carson, the mother of the child, posted about the incident on Facebook, sparking an intense debate about children in restaurants and Neugebauer’s angry reaction.

Within days, the city received complaints that diner employees threatened to rub food against their bodies or spit in the food of patrons who brought kids. A complaint also claimed pubic hair had been found in food served at the diner.

An inspection by Tom Williams on July 27 found the complaints could not be confirmed. In his report, Williams said he investigated “several complaints originating from social media that were received from other states due to a recent media event at the establishment.”

The diner passed an inspection at the end of June, and passed both of its last two annual inspections, according to city restaurant inspection records.


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