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Free food samples contaminated by disgusting customers

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I work in a local grocery store and in the department that I work are the most disgusting customers!!  Well, I work in the bakery and I handle the bread everyday so I have to put out bread and different dip samples.  I provide napkins,tongs to pick the pieces of bread up with, knives to spread each particular kind of dip with and people still grab the bread with their fingers and proceed to lick their fingers and try to put their hand back in the sample basket.

PLEASE USE TONGS, THANK YOU

It makes me so mad because I don't want to be rude to my customers, but I don't want people to get sick.  I tried to ask my manager could I post a sign saying "PLEASE USE TONGS, THANK YOU."  But he said it was against store policy to post signs.

These samples are free and these customers treat me like they have paid for something.  They get mad when I move the samples away so I can clean my station after they have made a mess of it - unbelievable.  Well if this is how nasty and rude they are at the local grocery store, I can't help but wonder how are they in their own homes?

the dip gets contaminated quickly

Some people even go as far as dipping their bread in the dip without using the knife provided, the end result being the dip gets contaminated quickly.  This is so annoying, after all I am just trying to look out for the safety of my other customers.  Sometimes I just want to yell at them and say "USE THE DAMN TONGS! THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE THERE FOR!!"  Why do these customers think I have them there?

Just remember this when you are next in a grocery store and there is a sign that says "Free Samples!"  Please have some consideration for the next customer who may wish to try a free sample and try not to be so disgusting.  Keep it clean, wash you hands and clean up after yourself.


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Timelord

Timelord

I wonder if it crosses the minds of your 'finger licking' customers that the last person might have done the same?
Timelord
27th Oct 11 16:50

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USA

USA

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USA
15th Aug 11 22:41

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Grumpy xx

Grumpy xx

That's why I'd never buy the fresh bread rolls you get on the shelf, that should be picked up with tongs. You never know if some snotty kid, with grimey fingers picked it up first and put it back. Ugh!
Grumpy xx
12th Jun 09 20:15

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The Dandy Highwayman

The Dandy Highwayman

Something I personally detest, people who when cooking sample the food to see how its going (yes thats okay..) but then put the spoon back in the pot again. Poor hygeine or what?
The Dandy Highwayman
17th Oct 08 14:12

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chris

chris

and going to the toilet without washing their hands freddie.....must be one of the most germ infested foods around.
chris
17th Oct 08 00:26

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Freddie

Freddie

its like when you get peanuts on the bar in a pub. You see blokes shoving their fingers half way down their throat and then back in to the bowl again/ Eeeewwwwwwww
Freddie
14th Oct 08 14:43

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Timmy

Timmy

I used to work in a shop and could never understand the good old british public. They are rude and so inconsiderate towards anybody else.
Timmy
12th Oct 08 17:57

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topsyturvy uk

topsyturvy uk

Ive not noticed free bread samples at my local grocery store to be fair and the idea of catching someones cold or other from samples would put me off. It doesnt seem to much to ask for tongs to be used. Last free samples I had were liquer last xmas and the lovely woman let me have more than one, it was rather quiet in the store, I left with my groceries with a glow I didnt go in with :)
topsyturvy uk
10th Oct 08 00:07

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