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Restaurant pet peeves

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6 hours ago, liuzhou said:

 

Is it legal there to have no hand wash facilities in a food preparation situation? It would certainly have the place instantly shut down and the owners fined, or in extreme cases imprisoned,  in the UK.

 

At the time it may have been legal.  I'm not sure.  This was pre glove law.  The employees did use hand sanitizer I noted.  In any event I chose not to eat from there.

 

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6 hours ago, liuzhou said:

 

Is it legal there to have no hand wash facilities in a food preparation situation? It would certainly have the place instantly shut down and the owners fined, or in extreme cases imprisoned,  in the UK.

Nope

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7 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

 

I recall the best sub (hoagie, zeppelin, etc) shop in the area had the cashier making the sandwiches.  She apologized that there was no sink to wash her hands.  To me this is beyond revolting.

 

 

 

For this we need an 'Aaack' emoji.

Surely they had a toilet, no?  But no sink?

Beyond disgusting.


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17 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

"Two by two, hands of blue."

 

I feel strongly about this.  We shall have to disagree.

 

I recall the best sub (hoagie, zeppelin, etc) shop in the area had the cashier making the sandwiches.  She apologized that there was no sink to wash her hands.  To me this is beyond revolting.

 

This was before the New Jersey glove law.  Here patrons can request a glove change.  Gloves are cheap compared to losing a customer or making someone sick.

 

Your mileage may vary but I buy my blue gloves in large quantity.  And no plans to visit California.

 

Thanks for the Firefly reference.  Thought that was what you were doing earlier.  ;-)

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On 10/17/2017 at 12:59 AM, liuzhou said:

One thing that drives me crazy in restaurants here in China is that wait staff pounce on you the minute you sit down, hand you huge menus (or multiple menus) then hover centimetres from your face with pen poised to write down your choice. I tell them to go away and give me time to read the damned thing, but that option has been removed from their DNA.

 

When they get bored of waiting, which takes about 20 seconds, they start making suggestions, pointing at random items on the menu. I'm certain they don't even know what they are pointing at. In fact, I know they don't. One young woman did that, I snapped the menu closed and asked her what she had recommended. She had no idea.

 

I find it highly intimidating, but just part of the culture. Chinese friends don't even notice, or even expect it. Many consider it rude to hand you the menu then go away until you have read it.

I've see this too, in Beijing, Vietnam and Thailand.  The first few times I experienced it it drove me crazy - I felt like I was under the gun to make my choices as the server stood there anxiously waiting for me to so something.  It was even funnier when in Beijing and I used the Waygo translation app to translate the menus into Pinyin and English - you had to scan each line and then wait a second for the response to come up...  Doing this on a menu with about 100 lines was hilarious.  Now, I try to learn how to say "please come back in a few minutes" to give me time to peruse before the standoff... which sometimes does and sometimes does not work...  In Vietnam, I learned to say "I'm not ready" and then it's easy enough to flag them down later by saying "em, oi!!!" really loudly to get their attention...

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