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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?

StickEmUp Fri 06-Sep-13 22:09:08

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NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Fri 06-Sep-13 22:09:52

But I DID see her! If she wants to lick her fingers in private then go on...feel free! She needs to be taught that finger lickin aint good in Sainsbos!

WorraLiberty Fri 06-Sep-13 22:10:57

I think I'd put more effort into looking into getting your problem treated, if you haven't already.

Your shopping will have all manner of germs on it anyway.

HootShoot Fri 06-Sep-13 22:13:25

YANBU - very grim. My husband does licky fingers when flicking through magazines or newspapers and I hate it! He always gets offended when I point out that it's horrible! Although I realise that there is probably a lot worse on most people's hands I try not to think about it

WorraLiberty Fri 06-Sep-13 22:15:02

And yet I take it you have at some point, shoved your tongue in your DH's mouth HootShoot? grin

HotCrossPun Fri 06-Sep-13 22:17:54

This is a wee bit silly.

She will have just moistened her fingers to make it easier to get the bags, there isn't going to be a blob of spit on your milk carton grin

If she was about to serve you food, I'd maybe say YABNU.

But as it is, YABU.

HootShoot Fri 06-Sep-13 22:18:32

Bleurgh! Maybe I should stop doing that Worra! It's the slurpy noise that I really dislike I think!

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Fri 06-Sep-13 22:18:32

I think it's the sight of it happening! MIL does it too....she puts her finger in cooking and licks it and does it again! But this isn't in a professional environment...I'm paying for those goods...why should they also have bloody spit all over them!?

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Fri 06-Sep-13 22:19:26

Hot I know WHY she does it...but there's no need...if you just rub the bag a bit, it comes open. Her spit doesn't belong on the neck of my milk!

edlyu Fri 06-Sep-13 22:21:10

I was in a charity shop recently when a customer took the sales lady to task for this exact reason. He maintained (at some length) that it was never necessary to lick fingers before touching bags etc. The manageress was called and she agreed with him( gently ,so that the elderly volunteer sales lady wasn't too offended) and promised to put it right.

A few weeks later I visited again and noticed a pack of baby wipes open on the counter. The sales person wiped their fingertips on the wipe and then attempted to open the plastic bag. The wipe was used many many times -as obvious from the greyness of the visible bit of wipe in the pack.

I wondered if this solution appeased the original complainer or if he just gave it up as a bad job .

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Fri 06-Sep-13 22:21:12

I'm not generally worried about germs but I hate it when shop assistants lick their fingers before handling the things I've just bought, especially if it's food.

AmpullaOfVater Fri 06-Sep-13 22:32:02

YABU. You've got issues.

FreckleyGirlAbroad Fri 06-Sep-13 23:30:07

YABU. Personally I wouldn't even notice. Just think how many people have touched things on the shelf and put them back again before you touch them and you have no idea where they have been, the money you handle every day etc. I think you have a bit more OCD than you care to admit!!

Capitola Fri 06-Sep-13 23:41:07


It's disgusting to lick your fingers to open bags.

I can remember the days before chip & pin machines when people would hold their debit cards in their mouths whilst their packing shopping and then happily give card to the poor person at the till. Yerk!

It's not the germs that bother me - it's the general unpleasantness of it!

BoozyBear Fri 06-Sep-13 23:46:12

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Silverfoxballs Fri 06-Sep-13 23:51:02

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MrsGSR Sat 07-Sep-13 00:00:47

YANBU, I worked in Morrisons during a gap year and we were told not to do this. It's not nice.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sat 07-Sep-13 08:32:30

There you go! Two people who've evidence that tesco and Morrisons frown on this! I have emailed...I didn't name names...the lady was nice enough but I suppose she and others need to be told. It wouldn't be allowed in a cafe.....or a bakery...and the fact is that not all foods in Sainsburys are sealed. They have breads in open bags.

Tee2072 Sat 07-Sep-13 08:43:17

Not something that bothers me, but I can see how it might bother some people.

Then again, don't think about what else has probably touched your milk carton before it gets to you...

district12 Sat 07-Sep-13 08:45:23

I do have OCD ,and I have seen this too and hate it ,I would not eat anything not wrapped that have been touched. I use self service tills , no one touches my shopping then.

MrsDoomsPatterson Sat 07-Sep-13 08:49:24

The milk wasn't touched last by you picking it up though. It's been handled by umpteen different people before that checkout lady.

daisychain01 Sat 07-Sep-13 08:59:25

Pointless sending Sainsbo's a letter. How are they realistically going to handle that one - send out "Memo to All (15,000?) Staff, please stop licking your fingers .. Etc". No they might just cover it in a future hygiene awareness course. But that doesn't stop it straight away.

I would have quietly and specifically mentioned to the person concerned that it isn't good practise to lick their finger and then touch food shopping. It would stop the problem at source. Better that walking off and staying wound up. Probably a member of the general public mentioning it would have given the message a greater impact that a staff pep-talk anyway.

Its a bit like telling a child off. if you do it at the time, in the context, it is more meaningful.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sat 07-Sep-13 09:03:21

Daisy experience has taught me that if you mention it to staff yourself they always get offended. I didn't want to offend. It's not my job anyway. The company COULD send out a's not to 15,000 people but only to main managers.

everlong Sat 07-Sep-13 09:05:34

Unless she was going to pick up your food then yabu.

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