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To moan about licky fingered sales assistant?

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NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Fri 06-Sep-13 22:07:13

Ok....I have some issues around cleanliness which border on OCD but I don't believe I have full on OCD as I beleive that to be very debilitating.

ANyway....went to Sainsbos today...assistant A saw me standing waiting to pay...there was a lot of stuff on her till area due to a mix up and another shop assistant B was sorting it. While we waited, assistant A in preparation for serving me, licked her fingers repeatedly and absent mindedly....she was probably thinking about grabbing me a plastic bag.

Which I didn't need. I have a rucksack.

Anyway...I was inwardly cringing at her licky display then it was time to pay...I approached fast...hoping to stall her licking with "It's ok...I have my own bag!" but too late!

She slurped, grabbed and offered the bag...."Would you like a bag?"

I said, "No thank you, I have one." And she fucking LICKED HER FINGERS AGAIN FOR GOOD MEASURE ANYWAY!

then she picked up my milk carton by the neck and began putting things through with her saliva covered digits.

AIBU to send a polite note to Sainsbury's Head Office naming no names but asking them to please tell their cashiers not to slobber on their hands whilst serving?

Canidae Mon 09-Sep-13 15:53:27

If everyone brought their own bags when shopping then she woudn't need to open any plastic ones. grin

I work in sainsburys and some staff bring with them a little damp sponge but it isn't provided. I may mention this thread to my manager tomorrow.

soorploom Mon 09-Sep-13 15:00:40

licky fingers yeuch
waiting in queue to buy ice creams and noticed that chap dispensing cones was licking fingers between scoops. that and the zillions of wasps buzzing around the cart made me want to throw up.

MrsLouisTheroux Mon 09-Sep-13 14:41:39

Just thinking of all the men who unload the produce and stack the shelves who forget to wash their hands after going for a wee... and all the money that's been in the front pocket of jeans all day and...

MadeOfStarDust Mon 09-Sep-13 14:32:49

Oh cheers Thisvehicleisreversing ,

I start a new job ..... in a shop...... tomorrow.

Thisvehicleisreversing Mon 09-Sep-13 14:22:47

I work in a shop and would never put my hands anywhere near my mouth while at work. Everything I handle is filthy. The money, the floor when I have to kneel down stacking shelves, raw meats, split cartons etc.

The first thing I do when I finish my shift is wash my hands. Twice.

As a customer I'd hate to see a checkout person lick their fingers to open my bags.

But assistants have to put up with customers licking their fingers to get their money out, licking fingers to help slide out cash cards, putting cards in their mouth, handing over money that's got bits of snotty tissue attached, letting their babies suck on things before handing them over to scan, coughing into the hand with the money in, or even coughing or sneezing in your face.

Fucking grim all round.

CommanderShepard Mon 09-Sep-13 13:22:52

I used to work at Pets At Home when I was a teenager - the non-licky trick is to hold the two long bits that become the handles and pull your hands away from each other. It stretches the top just enough that the inside of the bag appears and then you can open it.

I'm not explaining it very well but if you imagine an H - pull the 'prongs' away from each other so it vaguely becomes a V - it works.

ZeroTolerance Mon 09-Sep-13 13:17:18

In American supermarkets they have cleaning wipes next to the trollies for you to scrub off the previous pusher's germs.

I love that grin

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 09-Sep-13 13:05:03

But cows don't lick my handles!!

lljkk Mon 09-Sep-13 10:58:49

Snurk, cows eat grass that other cows have just crapped on.

Actually most dairy cows eat mostly grain and hay nowadays. Which has plenty of insect body parts in it. And insect poo. Lovely!!

Don't go touching the trolley and basket handles, OP.

LuisSuarezTeeth Mon 09-Sep-13 10:50:43

Cows do shit a lot though.


NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 09-Sep-13 10:41:53

Plus cows don't drink, smoke or do other nasty things with their mouths...I'd rather cow spit than human! All they do is eat grass!

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 09-Sep-13 10:41:21

Oh don't be silly Mackerel. Cow's milk is cleaned/pasteurized whatever....the spit of the cashier is not.

MackerelOfFact Mon 09-Sep-13 08:11:37

YABU. Use the self-service checkouts and alcohol hand gel if you find actual human beings too germ-ridden for your tastes.

The spit on your milk bottle will go down a treat with all he cow pus in the actual milk! Mmm!

Morloth Mon 09-Sep-13 08:00:38

PuppyMonkey 'I'm surprised you can even cope with drinking milk, considering where it originally came from. wink'

LOL, this.

I can't drink milk since I breastfed for the first time. For some reason it was only then that the thought of the lactate of another species started grossing me out...

A bit of spit on the carton is not nearly as gross as what is in the carton.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 08-Sep-13 23:43:08

Fanny we KNOW that there are germs everywhere...we just don't want to SEE it happening! Plus...that lick on the outside of the bag gets transfered to my fingers...and it's offputting! I don't see the licky fingered, sneezy man with the trolley do I? So it's not such a worry. I do clean my hands after shopping immediately though.

FannyMcNally Sun 08-Sep-13 21:08:09

But what do all you fusspots do about trolleys? Do you hose then down before you shop?

And the slobbering lick is just to get purchase on the outside of the bag, that's where 99% of the saliva will be, not on your carton.

And anyone who has never had to lick their fingers to turn a page, you're just extra sweaty than us normals grin

SilverStreak7 Sun 08-Sep-13 20:46:43


kiriwawa Sun 08-Sep-13 20:15:58

Hahaha - what the hell do you think happens when you can't see the packets? The bloke in the back has probably been picking his arse before loading the milk cartons onto the shelves. Your milk carton has been handled about 10 times before getting onto the shelf and you think that if you use a self-service till, it's going to be clean.

And you think a little dot of saliva is disgusting grin

Bumblequeen Sun 08-Sep-13 20:10:03


I will never touch a used newspaper left on public transport. The thought of someone's saliva fingers flicking through each page puts me off.

I cannot bear when people lick their fingers whilst eating I.e. when having a packet of crisps.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 08-Sep-13 19:13:21

Yes. Because she did it so was WAY more than usually might be done.

WhereYouLeftIt Sun 08-Sep-13 18:05:10

Well, this thread has been an eye-opener for me! I do touch my middle finger to my tongue as part of my reaching-for-a-bag movement. I will try not to do that in future, as it seems to gross so many people out. <contrite>

But I would like to point out that I neither 'slurp' nor 'slobber' over my fingers! OP, are you sure that this assistant's behaviour could truly be described thus?

miffybun73 Sun 08-Sep-13 17:41:29

YANBU, that would make me feel a bit sick too.

wokeupwithasmile Sun 08-Sep-13 15:51:58

Oh yes! So because there are germs all around us I might as well shut up and get more! Why don't I start pissing around in Sainsb, then? After all god knows what other people bring in anyway! We should be trying to contain germs, not spread them around even more, people!! Well done OP for writing them.
End of rant.

Fluffyears Sun 08-Sep-13 14:38:16

I was in loos once washing my hands and an old lady walked out of cubicle adjusted her dress and walked out not washing hands and first thought in my head was 'on his she's headed to the loose fruit and veg! Boak'

ZeroTolerance Sun 08-Sep-13 14:26:29

Yuk. I don't think I've ever seen that but it would repulse me too. People sneezing into their hands then serving you brings me out in a cold sweat till I can get my hands on some Milton!

Another thing, in principle I don't like fruit being pre-packaged but then I watch people finger and maul every apple in the display before selecting one and I'm thinking pre-packaged has its advantages. I wonder when you eat a plum how many people's filthy fingers have poked and prodded it first..,

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