If you find obviously unsanitary conditions in a local restaurant, you can call the city hotline at 1999 to complain, and they will file it with the Taibei City Dept. of Health. I was pretty PO’d at a local joint when my wife found a cockroach in her biandang, so I tried complaining this way but was skeptical that anything would come of it. About a week later I got a call from Health saying that they did a surprise inspection of the place, found multiple code violations, and ordered them to rectify these within a few days. Health said that they would conduct a followup inspection too. :bravo:
So to all those who are skeptical that the police, health dept., EPA and so on will actually do anything to solve problems, try submitting a formal complaint instead of just grumbling. I’ve found that they will often take fairly prompt action to resolve obvious problems. You don’t have to dig up all kinds of numbers; you can just call 1999 (at least on your cell phone) and they will forward your complaint to the right department.