LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - A brother in Mexico with cerebral palsy and a family to support in Las Vegas. All based on earnings from a small ice cream shop.
It's enough to bring Ofelia Andrade to tears as she tries--through a translator--to explain her son's struggle.
"Her son, he's a hard worker, he's a father. He makes the ice cream for the business," said the translator. "He could be doing other things--as a drug dealer or something like that--but he's doing this for his family--this business right here--so that's why his mother is proud of him."
PiosPios ice cream shop and snacks on Maryland Parkway and Sahara got a 35-demerit C grade from the Health District after inspectors found lots of expired food.
There was expired superkale salad, and spinach and beet greens that were two weeks old.
Peach yogurt had expired in November and strawberry yogurt was from before Halloween.
Ofelia, who helps run her son's store, says she appreciates the health inspector's guidance in keeping up with maintenance and expiration dates and pledges to do better from now on.
She added that the shop had been closed for three weeks before the inspector showed up.
"When she came, that's when it opened back up, I guess," said the translator.
Other violations included a food handler who collected money, prepared food and took a customer's business card--all while wearing the same gloves.
Breaded fish was left out at room temperature.
And a scoop handle was laying in ready to eat cheese.
The Health District also placed food on hold for further investigation because it's either unwholesome, adulterated or from an unapproved source.
There was no English language on the original manufacturer's packaging, so artificial food colorings they were using could not be confirmed as safe.