UnderCover Waitress: Hygiene

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Hi, my name is Under --

Hi, Under.

-- and I am a germ-a-phobe.

Imagine my disgust at this news tidbit that a friend forwarded me. Actually, "disgust" does not begin to describe my reaction to the bit about the lemon wedges. Having ordered drinks with bar fruit in restaurants, I am now suffering with full-blown PTSD.  

I don't sit on public restroom toilet seats. I perform all sorts of calisthetics with a wet paper towel in order to avoid touching the door handle after scrubbing my hands. I could probably perform surgery after my usual hand hygiene routine; I'm clean enough by the time I'm finished.

All of my precautions are for naught, as now I must ask, how in this world do fecal bacteria get on BAR FRUIT?!? Quote:    

"When the researchers ordered drinks at 21 different restaurants, they found 25 different microorganisms lingering on the 76 lemons that they secured, including E. coli and other fecal bacteria."

It's bad enough that restaurants are being lumped in with public bathrooms as being full of unfriendly bacteria and communicable disease. The idea that the menu is a petri dish is gross but quasi-understandable. Maybe I should make my kids wash hands after ordering instead of before. But fruit that gets put on people's drinks? "Don't touch that food! It's covered with E Coli!" 

Ignorance being bliss, perhaps I should simply stop reading. Or better yet, I'll start wearing a haz-mat suit when I eat out. 

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