Monday, 22 November 2010

Dirty Money

OK I can't resist posting this. I've just bought a bacon sarnie from the neat Turkish cafe / deli / lunch shop on the way into the office. No surprise there. The latex gloves on the hands of the two girls behind the counter are a novelty, though - and completely pointless. I didn't ask, but here's how my reasoning goes.


Money is dirty; it's covered with bacteria and viruses. You shouldn't handle money and unwrapped food without washing your hands in between. Or, like many cafes, have different people handling the cash than those handling the food.  The girls at the local deli used to do both, with bare hands until last week. I presume someone got a dicky tummy and complained to the Environmental Health, who made a visit and advised that they should wear latex gloves when handling food as an efficient alternative to incessant hand washing. 


They should also have explained that they should take them off when handling the cash. 

6 comments:

Richard said...
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manwiddicombe said...

Until recently I owned a food business. We had a complaint from a customer to our EHO that we did not wear gloves when preparing food. When the EHO arrived to investigate the complaint (as they are required to do) they examined our working practices and deemed all to be well.

The thing is if you are preparing food with bare hands you can feel when your hands are dirty and therefore need washing. When you are wearing latex gloves you can't. Latex gloves are less hygienic for food prep unless you are wearing them specifically because of a skin complaint, an allergy, or to cover a plaster over a cut.

Muzbottom said...

Since it was Turkish, it must have been halal bacon then?

Ed P said...

But did you actually eat it after observing the gloves/money? If so, how are the bugs growing?

Anonymous said...

Do you sterilize your hands after receiving money from anyone - eg taxi driver, checkout chick. Otherwise you are still at risk from filthy lucre.

Span Ows said...

gloves on Muslim girls to not touch the bacon?...struggling here...