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to want checkout staff not to cough all over my nice ham?

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TigerBitesAgain Mon 12-Oct-09 21:08:50

In a supermarket. Check out girl has quite a coughing fit as checking out my shopping (didn't actually have nice ham in it). Coughs into her hands. Carries on with the beep beep beeping. I didn't say anything (should have done really) but she should obv have squished her hands with gel after that. AIBU to contact store manager tomorrow, without naming names, and ask them to remind their staff not to spread their manky germs everywhere?

I've blasted all the shopping, fortunately all packaged, with dettox now I'm home. <<fusspot>>

BannyFucket Mon 12-Oct-09 21:11:17

Urgh. Yanbu, I would complain.

How disgusting.

southeastastra Mon 12-Oct-09 21:12:33

ew was she like bob fleming

hocuspontas Mon 12-Oct-09 21:13:56

Lol at dettoxing.

Remember it's probably had worse spread and spat all over it before you got to the checkout. The shopper who handled it before you and put it back back on the shelf may have just been for a poo and forgot to wash her hands... grin

TigerBitesAgain Mon 12-Oct-09 21:14:20

got it in one sea. well almost, but it wasn't quite what you want all over your nice healthy salad.

TigerBitesAgain Mon 12-Oct-09 21:17:21

I know hocuspontas and normally I'm not squeamish at all, or even a dettox fan, but this was just, well, rather yuk. Let's put it this way, if I saw someone coughing all over the stuff while it was on the shelf, I wouldn't have picked it up.

hocuspontas Mon 12-Oct-09 21:40:27

You're right. It's what you actually see that makes you squirm. I saw someone pick their nose as they were returning their trolley to the trolley bank. No way on earth was I going to take that one after seeing that, but the one I did take - well who knows what was on the handle. shock

onthepier Tue 13-Oct-09 14:29:26

The best thing to do is to complain at the time. I generally don't find it easy to complain about poor service, but was in my local supermarket last Christmas and the lady on the till was really struggling. She was constantly coughing, sneezing into her hands, could hardly speak but was STILL passing food through the scanner! The last straw was when she was handling my unpackaged fruit, she did a MASSIVE sneeze into her hands and wiped them on her overall!

I just went to Customer Services, pointed out the lady to them and told them the state she was in. The lady shook her head, said, "We've all been telling her to go home". She went over, insisted she came off the till and got somebody to cover, after using an anti-bacterial spray on the whole worksurface!

The lady looked a bit embarrassed when told to leave her workstation, but I just couldn't stand by and watch her pass germs to everybody for the rest of the day!

oldraver Tue 13-Oct-09 19:12:48

I had the girl on the deli counter sneeze into her hand then comtinue to serve my ham without washing her hands. Needless to say I handed it back to her telling her why and had a word with the manager

grumpyskater Tue 13-Oct-09 19:23:34

Same - Waitrose - at the deli counter last week. Lady behind counter was nibbling at bits of ham and then throwing away an old piece of cold meat. I wanted sliced ham, and asked her to wash her hands first as I had seen her eating.

She did so without a murmur, tho took a long time blush - I really did feel embarassed to ask. I thanked her profusely, then scuttled off feeling v OTT/OCD. Dear me.

atworknotworking Tue 13-Oct-09 19:43:55


Also drives me potty when checkout assistants lick their fingers to open the plastic bags up angry


PeedOffWithNits Tue 13-Oct-09 19:53:13

my dad once told a lady in a bakery he did not want the stuff he had just asked for after all, as she had knelt and run her finger round underneath the rear straps of her sandals and continued serving him without washing her hands, she looked at him like he was from another planet


GentleOtter Tue 13-Oct-09 19:55:18

Why do people save the tuberculosed cough or sneeze just as they are beside you in the supermarket so you get it right in the face?

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