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To not want to buy uncovered food in shops, cafes and delicatessens

(36 Posts)
atthewelles Fri 01-Feb-13 15:46:23

Obviously things you can wash and that are going to be well cooked like vegetables and fruit are okay. But I do not want to buy bread, cakes or salads that other people have been handling or coughing and sneezing over.

AIBU to wish shops would either wrap or cover in some way these items, instead of just leaving them lying around in trays or on counters with no covering whatsoever?

coraltoes Fri 01-Feb-13 15:50:45

I want someone to serve me these items and call me ma'am. I do not want every Tom, dick and Pauline touching my sourdough rolls.

coraltoes Fri 01-Feb-13 15:50:59

YANBU btw

GetOrf Fri 01-Feb-13 15:52:35

I agree.

I also want to be called ma'am.

i never buy any of the stuff which is just there on a shelf. ready to be touched by anyone passing by.

And don't get me started on the state of the salad selection bit in Morrisons. <shudder> That looked worse than a Pizza Hut buffet.

AreYouADurtBirdOrALadyBird Fri 01-Feb-13 15:53:40

I've bought my bread uncovered,every morning for years. I've yet to be sick cause of it.

Moominsarehippos Fri 01-Feb-13 15:54:55

I especially love the open 'pick it yourself' museli bar near us. So many snotty little hands/faces in the raisins!

We were waiting at the bread counter as a tourist poked, prodded and sniffed the bread (in between blowing her nose). Even the baker looked disgusted but didn't say anything. It is foul!

MaxPepsi Fri 01-Feb-13 15:55:58

Now cold food doesn't bother me ..........however I point blank refuse to eat a carvery.
My friends and family all think i'm extra weird!!!

So, no YANBU.

claraschu Fri 01-Feb-13 16:02:59

You can have all the bags, wrappings, plastic, paper, polystyrene, etc. that would get wasted.
I think all those wrappings are far more damaging than any number of people breathing (I have never seen people poking, prodding, or fondling random loaves of bread).

coraltoes Fri 01-Feb-13 16:03:39

A carvery is not natural. (shudder)

coraltoes Fri 01-Feb-13 16:04:35

Claraschu, my solution does not involve packaging, and creates employment. I am the dragons den of food shopping today.

usualsuspect Fri 01-Feb-13 16:04:54

Actually you sell more food if it's uncovered.

InNeedOfBrandy Fri 01-Feb-13 16:06:03

I don't mind a salad bar, harvester one is very nice smile I can even do Chinese all you can eat style buffets. I'm quite a germ a phobe but help yourself stuff doesn't bother me.

Now if there was someone serving me calling ma'am but had greasy hair and dirty nails that would put me off!

Moominsarehippos Fri 01-Feb-13 16:06:05

Fondling bread... That would be something! I did see a family pass a load around to sniff (two adults, two older children) before shoving it back on the shelf in Waitrose. Yuk.

Wholefoods is a den on pokers/prodders/snafflers. Mucky buggers.

usualsuspect Fri 01-Feb-13 16:06:20

I love a nice carvery.

atthewelles Fri 01-Feb-13 16:06:51

ClaraBut you could just cover up the display; keep the stuff behind the counter so only the staff can serve it; wrap it in brown paper. It doesn't have to be plastic and polystyrene.
I have often seen people, kids in particular, handling bread and cakes and then putting them back.

If I don't see it, it didn't happen.

I need to follow this as I have a weakness for Morrison's salad bar, it's the bacon bits, I love themgrin

Moominsarehippos Fri 01-Feb-13 16:11:07

Loaf, not loaf. Uncovered loaf. No shame these people!

usualsuspect Fri 01-Feb-13 16:11:54

Cafes leave cakes etc uncovered on the counter because customers impulse buy and like to help themselves. There are usually tongs to pick them up with. It doesn't bother me at all.

No point having them behind the counter.

Pseudonymity Fri 01-Feb-13 16:12:10

Salad bars are a pit of disease.

There are two cafes near me, local, non-chain, homebaking types. I love them but they have uncovered cakes and food out on the counter where people are speaking, coughing, handing over money. I have to admit it disgusts me a bit (ma'am).

GetOrf Fri 01-Feb-13 16:12:26

I love my local Whole foods, but yes you always have people prodding and touching. I am not paying a thousand pounds (ish) for some cheese that someone has poked.

Why do people need to pick up bread and sniff it? It smells of fucking bread.

atthewelles Fri 01-Feb-13 16:13:50

You can have cakes behind a glass counter. People can still see them but will have to ask the assistant to actually serve them, so no random members of the public mauling them, coughing over them etc.

CaramelBobbi Fri 01-Feb-13 16:14:12

Our local deli has those huge handmade cupcakes iced with mountains of brightly coloured buttercream and glitter sprinkles (just yuk on every level) on a tray, completely exposed on the top of the serving cabinet. As if they weren't unappealing enough.

My mother always taught me that when you're serving yourself from a cabinet with tongs (like when buying rolls etc in sainsburys), to always go for the ones at the very back. Because people's snotty cuffs may have touched the ones at the front. Nice thought.

At this time of year, I sell pies out of open baskets. God help anyone who touches them!
We use sneeze guards sometimes, but they look horrid and put people off. They are also expensive, fragile and easily broken when transporting to a new market every day.

GetOrf Fri 01-Feb-13 16:14:49

lol at snotty cuffs

Crinkle77 Fri 01-Feb-13 16:15:26

No I feel exactly the same. Where I work they have some lovely stalls selling really nice cakes and stuff but with all these germs hanging round in the air it really puts me off

usualsuspect Fri 01-Feb-13 16:15:31

Ah, but customers don't always ask. It's the impulse buyers that you need.

GetOrf Fri 01-Feb-13 16:16:23

I hate cupcakes.

Moominsarehippos Fri 01-Feb-13 16:19:04

I am very good at playing jenga with the Wholefoods baguettes. I simply must have the bottom one in the stack with the least likelihood of contamination of cuff-snot!

Aye, them were the days, when a man in brown overall used to serve over the counter.

TheCraicDealer Fri 01-Feb-13 16:21:16

At this time of year, I sell pies out of open baskets
Mrs Lovett's a mn'er!

You're all being VU. I am rarely ill and put this down to my laissez faire attitude towards baked goods.

Halfling Fri 01-Feb-13 16:27:22

My DS loves to poke any uncovered loaves, cake with his snot covered fingers, so YANBU.

I have to keep him on a tight leash at all times in the supermarkets.

I just wish they could put the sodding loaves behind a covered glass counter.

OI! I do not sell people pies! <<outraged>>
<<umbrage>>

Halfling, your DS would get the sharp end of my child squashing glare! grin
Its over the top of my glasses and very scary! not

Pandemoniaa Fri 01-Feb-13 17:39:46

I normally laugh in the face of germy paranoia. But I have to say that I stopped buying unwrapped cakes from the shelves at Waitrose after I'd seen rather too many examples of "rearrangement" for the sake of it. Usually by unaccompanied children who were fascinated by the opportunity to play shops with real shopping. Like I said, I'm not a germophobe but I still prefer my Bath Buns without added snot.

marjproops Fri 01-Feb-13 17:44:49

was in a supermarket this morn about to buy a fresh baguette (always using the tongs provided and always go for the bottom one) when i saw someone sneeze onto the bread.

then a posh looking woman picked up a few rolls in her hands, looked at them disdainfully and put them back and didnt even buy one.

Ive seen rolls on the floor and a shopworker pick it up and put it back on the display (complained to manager about that one)

worst one? market stall food. breads and cakes where street dust, peoples breath etc all over them. cakes and buns with icing that flies are all over them in the hot weather and shockingly people STILL buy them, errr, you do know what flies DO on food, dont you?

i thought health and safety were supposed to be big on all this?

Moominsarehippos Sat 02-Feb-13 08:51:54

I shall be shopping today. Will loudly mention 'cuff-snot' and see if anyone hi-5s me!

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