To think that people that don't use the tongs at the supermarket bakery...

(73 Posts)

Should receive a £1000 on the spot fine and banned from the store for life? angry

MrsDavidBowie Fri 20-Sep-13 10:29:51

Blimey. A bit harsh.
Do you have OCD?

Disclaimer....my dd does, and she would be with you on this one.

LeaveTheBastid Fri 20-Sep-13 10:31:23

I think it's a risk you take when buying loose pastries (or loose anything) tbh. I'm sure they have been in many pairs of hands and probably on the floor before going on the shelf.

But yes, it is a bit grubby, and I think you should buy anything you fondle.

Chocotrekkie Fri 20-Sep-13 10:31:33

Depends if they have tongs for each item. In my local store if you want a pink donut you have to use the tongs that someone else has used for the cheese rolls.

I don't want sugar on my rolls or cheese on my donut..

grin I was looking forward to a nice pecan Plait thingy from Lidl. A woman was picking them all up, peering at them and putting them back. WITH HER HANDS. angry

Actually, I may start taking my own tongs because I don't like the communal tongs much either. grin

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 20-Sep-13 10:33:43

Oh that is grim.

I do occasionally not use tongs if there is a really slow person using them, but I will just pick up the thing I want and not touch anything else, which I think is fine.

livinginwonderland Fri 20-Sep-13 10:34:13

If you're just picking one up to buy, no big deal, but honestly, if you're that fussy, you shouldn't be buying anything prepared in a supermarket bakery. Those rolls will have been handled by at least two or three people, may have been dropped on the floor and had god-knows-what all over them.

MrsDavidBowie Fri 20-Sep-13 10:35:29

No that is not one. To select a roll without tongs is ok...not pick up everyone.

When you shop in Waitrose, all the women have gloves on 50s style anyway. grin

HitTheNorth Fri 20-Sep-13 10:35:44

Ds bit a donut the other day. I had to buy it then put it in the bin outside so he didn't benefit grin. He's 5 so should have known better really.

Oh living don't shatter my illusions. sad

I agree with touch the one you are buying perhaps, but what on earth was she looking for? confused They all look the same to me.

Onesleeptillwembley Fri 20-Sep-13 10:37:02

People cough, talk and sneeze etc over the open breads. I wouldn't touch them at all! (Bit funny about those)

Oh and then I got jokingly accused of 'stealing the babby's cake' because it toppled off the huge pile of shopping, over the divider on to my shopping. shock grin

HoneyDragon Fri 20-Sep-13 10:37:26

The youngsters round here grab the doughnut, eat it I. The queue then pay for it. No tongs, or indeed bag involved grin

Tee2072 Fri 20-Sep-13 10:37:44

I can't use them due to my arthritic fingers and hands. I use a bag.

Is that okay?

DH is very funny about communal food that is 'out'. he won't go near a Pizza Hut salad bar and hates wedding/party buffets. I think I may have caught it off him. grin

Yes Tee that is fine. smile No touchage.

Honey what do they show the cashier?

Dubjackeen Fri 20-Sep-13 10:40:09

But yes, it is a bit grubby, and I think you should buy anything you fondle.
Great image in my head of pastries being fondled grin. I can't bear to see stuff out loose, in a supermarket or coffee shop, definitely couldn't buy it, knowing it's been fondled, sneezed upon...ugh!

ephemeralfairy Fri 20-Sep-13 10:41:53

Good god. YANBU!! I can't bring myself to buy loose bakery items even if there are tongs. (But then I speak as someone with burgeoning OCD whose hands are already raw from constant washing....sad

Probably the chances of catching anything from fondled food is very low. But how many times have you stood at the mirror in the Ladies loo and seen people march out without washing their hands? sad

Feminine Fri 20-Sep-13 10:42:36

I normally get mine from the back. I really like Morrison's croissants!

should I pass? are they likely to dirty too?

Anyway, I'll bet the tongs are a bit nasty!

Yes Tee bags are fine. I stuck my hand in a bag, pick up the bread I want and am on my merry way. I did not snigger childishly at teabags

I'm in an AI hotel ATM and DP was horrified yesterday to see a man pick up several croissants, sniff them and put them back. WHY? hmm

guiltyconscience Fri 20-Sep-13 10:43:52

Dirty bastards these shop assistants I bet they do their totos and don't wash their hands after them yuk!

Oh god yes hotel buffets. sad A whole new nightmare of touching and poking.

No need to sniff one croissant let alone loads. angry

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 20-Sep-13 10:45:58

HitTheNorth we've all been seized with hunger in the bakery aisle before now, perfectly natural reaction from your DS there! grin

HitTheNorth Fri 20-Sep-13 10:49:08

Ali yes, and to be fair he did come and tell me. I probably overreacted a bit, was quite cross with him because I didn't have much money with me!

Tee2072 Fri 20-Sep-13 10:51:16

You realize the air is full of dirt and germs, right? So as soon as you open anything, even in your own kitchen, it's no longer 'clean'.

Tee don't say that. grin

Fakebook Fri 20-Sep-13 10:56:41

Yanbu, and people who spill bits of tuna or peppers or even worse...BEETROOT into the potato salad at salad bars should be fined as should people who mix up the spoons at the antipasti bars.

Wtaf is "totos"?

Sparkling, I agree.

No buyee, no touchee.

Wtaf is "totos"?

Sparkling, I agree.

No buyee, no touchee.

Wtaf is "totos"?

Sparkling, I agree.

No buyee, no touchee.

Wtaf is "totos"?

Sparkling, I agree.

No buyee, no touchee.

Wtaf is "totos"?

Sparkling, I agree.

No buyee, no touchee.

Wtaf is "totos"?

Sparkling, I agree.

No buyee, no touchee.

Wtaf is "totos"?

Sparkling, I agree.

No buyee, no touchee.

Wtaf is "totos"?

Sparkling, I agree.

No buyee, no touchee.

Wtaf is "totos"?

Sparkling, I agree.

No buyee, no touchee.

Wtaf is "totos"?

Sparkling, I agree.

No buyee, no touchee.

SHarri13 Fri 20-Sep-13 10:58:22

I always use them or do the inside out bag trick. My kids love using the tongs to get their own but they take bloody ages!

I wonder if the wash the tongs, I doubt it, I bet they harbour more nasties that the food itself. Yuck. I'm going to stop using them now after that thought.

I didn't like to ask about 'totos' Chaos I just thought of a few possibilities. confused grin

Right, from now on, use a bag over the tongs, or take your own tongs. SHarri. wink

Crowler Fri 20-Sep-13 10:59:33

ARGH. They could have POO on their hands. I totally agree with you.

CuChullain Fri 20-Sep-13 11:00:10

I think people are being a bit unfair with regards to supermarket staff. These days supermarket food hygeine is pretty good and pretty much all staff have been on courses or have been trained in the basic dos and donts when it comes to handling food. I am not too fussed about a staff hand touching the produce as it makes it way from the oven to the shelf. I do have a big issue with Joe Public putting their mitts all over the food as I know for a fact quite a few people out there are grubby little bastards who dont wash their hands after visiting the toliet or picking their noses. It amazes me when you see people sifting through a tray of buns inspecting each one by hand before discarding them walking off.

Thing is though, thinking about it, they have probably pushed the trolley/used the chip and pin with their filthy mitts. sad But at least you don't eat that.

Little kids at the Pic 'N' Mix is usually a sight to behold too. sad

SHarri13 Fri 20-Sep-13 11:02:10

Ha, I thought I was very relaxed about these things, seems I'm not. Shudder

PigStack Fri 20-Sep-13 11:03:34

No, sometimes I don't bother when I'm putting the bread straight into my bag and taking it home (via the till of course.....not stealing itblush)

Ragwort Fri 20-Sep-13 11:04:00

Yet another thing on Mumsnet that I have never really thought closely about it grin - wouldn't really bother me in the slightest, but then I have a cast iron stomach and am very greedy !

Crowler Fri 20-Sep-13 11:04:32

Oh my god, the pic n mix at the corner shop. What the fuck?

How is that even legal?

bludgerwitch Fri 20-Sep-13 11:15:13

Hmmm, whenever I try to use them I drop the rolls everywhere. I just make sure I don't touch any bakeware I'm not buying - yes, every now and then I end up buying a roll more than I wanted because I touched it [hmmm]

lovelychops Fri 20-Sep-13 11:18:12

I'm certain I caught food poisoning from those pastries once. Even if I really fancy a cinnamon whirl every now and then, I can't bring myself to eat anything from that section now!

campion Fri 20-Sep-13 11:20:09

What about the people who lick their fingers, open the bag, pick up the tongs and then make their selection? Then replace the tongs.

mmm...staphylococcus aureus anyone?

guiltyconscience Fri 20-Sep-13 11:23:38

Totos ....number twos lol!

Damnautocorrect Fri 20-Sep-13 11:24:59

I do pick them up with my hands if I can pick it up and not brush any of the other ones. Ds does love to poke them no matter how much I tell him no.

likelucklove Fri 20-Sep-13 11:25:32

I saw a girl (around 19 I'd say) yesterday EATING OFF EACH ONE shock I did say, you know these aren't free and you need to buy them? Her reply was, 'How do I know which one tastes nicest without trying?' 'You just buy what looks nice or go there regularly and try every one on a rotational basis.'

Anyway, she left with one(!) and I had to tell the staff. They didn't look impressed.

BTW, I can't use the tongs because there's only 2 nowhere near the ones I buy, so I tend to pick up the one that isn't touching others, or I can pick up without touching others.

ShowOfHands Fri 20-Sep-13 11:31:22

I don't care about tongs. I truly don't <shrug> People are filthy, you take your chances just going into a supermarket with them.

Our local bakery has all the stuff behind the counter and you point and ask. They pick them up using tongs or their gloved hands. Much more pleasing. And the real problem is avoided. Those touchy fuckers who just can't help squeezing and fondling baked goods. They go along the row of packaged, papered sliced granaries squeezing and fondling and warping your bread for you. Bastards the lot of them.

MrsDavidBowie Fri 20-Sep-13 11:43:21

What about bowls of mints by restaurant exits?
All those people who haven't washed their hands after going to the toilet........

Oh yes, never eat those-ever MrsD.

coffeewineandchocolate Fri 20-Sep-13 12:11:20

I was in costa yesterday and really wanted a sticky toffee muffin. Then while I was in the queue I watched a fly make its way round every single pastry sat out. I went for a packaged brownie instead smile I hate people touching food too

PresidentServalan Fri 20-Sep-13 12:19:59

YANBU - hate that! Especially when they let their toddler (covered in dirt and snot) do it - it's rank!

BoozyBear Fri 20-Sep-13 12:27:09

i work on a checkout, some spanner of a customer has given me a really nasty bacterial throat infection that knocked me out all week... cant have been anyone else like the kids or my friends because NO-ONE else has it, however i was in contact with hundreds of people at work and taking money and cards off them they'd had in their hands and mouths <boak>

Supermarket customers are minging <unreasonable pout>

guiltyconscience Fri 20-Sep-13 12:30:52

I know and have you heard them sneezing all over the place? I make a run for the door when they start cos once one does it they are seem to start up it's like green for go.

SmartiesMakeMeNaughty Fri 20-Sep-13 12:39:58

I have a ridiculously cast iron stomach for disgusting things but a while ago my entire soul boaked when I observed a man in the bakery section of Tesco lifting up pastries with his hands, putting them right up to his nose, giving them an almighty sniff then putting them back. Fucking well putting them back after he'd practically inserted them into his hairy, bogey raddled nostril.
I tutted him with in an inch of his filthy life. I'm sure he will never do it again...hmm

JeffActually Fri 20-Sep-13 12:45:10

I work in a farm shop and we always have a selection of fresh bread and cakes on the counter - I have to stop myself from swatting people hands when they touch them...my DD knows not to and shes 2!

PistachioTruffle Fri 20-Sep-13 12:52:52

I never buy anything from the help yourself selection for this very reason. All those people poking and prodding and snivelling over food they have no intention of buying <shudder> I saw a man sifting through a pile of rolls with his hands before making his selection, quite what he was hoping to find amongst 20 identical crusty white rolls i'm not sure!

I only buy the fresh ones which have been pre-bagged, or the ones behind a glass counter where the staff retrieve them for you.

afussyphase Fri 20-Sep-13 16:59:07

It's simple. Take plastic bag. Put hand in bag. Pick up pastry or pastries. invert bag over hand leaving pastry inside bag. No touching, no tongs, no problem!
Pastries not sitting right in the sneeze zone are probably better. But you can always heat them up in the oven ... should mostly handle it.

The bags at Lidl are those paper ones with a window in, so you can't do the bag trick. sad

afussyphase Fri 20-Sep-13 17:01:05

and BoozyBear, sorry to hear about your throat!
But ... could just be some of the natural bacteria (many of us carry pneumo and strep around usually with no problem, for example; they are called commensal bacteria and there are many kinds) invading as a one-off; you might have had it for a while and only just had problems!

Flies crawling all over the bread in the local Tesco metro did put me off more than my fellow customers' grubby mitts.

Now I live practically across the road from a bread factory. It's fabulous.

sashh Fri 20-Sep-13 19:44:04

I never touch tongs, but I never touch a pastry or piece of bread unless I am buying it.

SpottyDottie Fri 20-Sep-13 19:49:22

I think its gross if you handle them without intending to buy them. I don't use the tongs but that is because they have been used for all the bloody cakes. I put my hand in the plastic bag, pick up what I want and then turn bag over. grin

I would never use the tongs, I don't know who else has touched them!
I put a plastic bag over my hand then pick up one from the back.

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