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Health Dept. mulls violation scanners

Soon, you may see why your favorite neighborhood restaurant got a “C” rating.  

Soon, you may see why your favorite neighborhood restaurant got a “C” rating.

The Health Department is exploring adding barcodes to letter grades, so New Yorkers can use their cell phones to scan and see whether a health code violation was for rotting food or flies.

The new A, B or C grades are plastered on cafes all around the city, but right now, residents have to go online to get the scoop.

Barcodes would be at the door and require only a quick tap of the phone to decide if a violation would nix dinner.

City agencies are finding new ways to use the barcode technology — the Parks Department may use codes to help people find free practice times at tennis courts in parks. They may also add the barcodes to monuments and city sculptures, so tourists can quickly learn more about their history.

And Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a similar barcode for the Department of Buildings.

New Yorkers would be able to scan a barcode on buildings, finding out instantly the construction permit and details of a project, like the property owner and what they’re planning to build.

 
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