Ppl in any food industry and hair nets...

@Ravenladyj (22937)
United States
November 8, 2007 8:30am CST
Okay this is something that I wasnt really aware of until last night and I have to say that I'm not too comfortable with it.....When we were still living in Canada it was the norm to see ppl who dealt with food whether in restaurant/fast food kitchens OR at the deli counter in the grocery store wearing hair nets/covers and having their hair tied back if it was long etc etc...Well last night we were in Tops (local grocery chain) and my husband went to get some lunchmeat and pointed out to me the kid working behind the counter...Not only did this kid have longish, thick, messy hair BUT he also wasnt wearing hair cover! This TOTALLY caught me off guard since I'm so use to it back home I never gave it a second thought after moving here.....I just assumed it was required for all employees in that sort of job....Apparently its NOT.... My question is, how do you feel about it? Do you think it should be law/required? If you work in that type of job does your boss demand that you wear a hair net or hair cover? Both my hsuband and I were just grossed out about it in the biggest of ways..to the point that I'm seriously considering corp and finding out what the actual policy is because IMO thats just nasty and wrong not to mention totally unsanitary
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• United States
8 Nov 07
In the grocery store I go to (Krogers, Publix) they always wear hair covers thank goodness. I get grossed out when I see a hair on my food, even my own!! Years ago in Italy I was in a restaurant, it was a hot day, and the female server was wearing a sleeveless blouse.... when she reached to place my plate of food on the table there was at least a 3 inch clump of wet black hair dangling on front of my nose!! YUK! I could not eat one bite of the food or even complain as all the Italians at that time did not remove their body hair.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
8 Nov 07
"when she reached to place my plate of food on the table there was at least a 3 inch clump of wet black hair dangling on front of my nose" :-0 omg...ok yea um that made me throw up a little in my mouth! Thats just gross! Hell thats beyond gross....Excuse me please while I go vomit....
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
8 Nov 07
Now a days I see them with not only with their hair tied back and nets, they also wear gloves. And this is in hicksville. I also took a food handlers course and the stuff that can get into food would make you never want to eat again. YUCK! My daughter is taking home-ec nest term and needs to get a hair net and apron before she can start it. I think that they all should be wearing it by now. All companies should make it mandatory if not for the safety of their customers but their own safety in court.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
8 Nov 07
"Now a days I see them with not only with their hair tied back and nets, they also wear gloves" Yep gloves too you're right...and come to think of it I dont recall if the kid was wearing gloves or not! My husband doesnt remember either (I just asked him) and he said that whenever he has noticed gloves on a worker over here its not like they change them anyway..they'll wear the same gloves their entire shift so whats the point ya know (handling money, food, and everything else)...
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
9 Nov 07
Too True! I am lucky I only eat out once every six months or less. LOL
@Mare73 (1335)
• United States
8 Nov 07
I think that you and J should have complained because they are supposed to have a hat/cap on. Hair nets in this area are a thing of the past unfortunately. They used to be required but somewhere somehow it lost its appeal I guess.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
8 Nov 07
oh he had a cap on....but IMO a cute little Tops beanie ISNT taking care of the sanity issue ya know..I mean you should've seen this kid...It was so wrong to say the least..I can't believe they dont require it anymore! Seriously THINK ABOUT IT ya know....Thats just sick!
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
8 Nov 07
The workers in our grocery stores (in Canada) always, always, always were hair nets. I wouldn't have bought meat at that store from that person. To me it says they don't think very much of the cleanliness of the open food in the store. I can't think of something more gross than having a hair in the food you just bought. At least if not a hairnet, hair should be tied back with a hat on.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
8 Nov 07
Yep I'm Canadian myself and I was telling my husband that its required over there...This just floored me!
@spoiled311 (5502)
• Philippines
8 Nov 07
i think i will be grossed out too. although we live in the third world, supermarkets and food chain workers do wear hair nets, too. i think it is disgusting because in my own personal experience, i would sometimes catch a hair on my table near my food. that means, we cannot help it, but hair will eventually fall off from the worker. so if they are not wearing hair nets and they are tending food, there is a great possibility of their hair mixing with our food. yuch! :-) good discussion ravenlady! thumbs up! :-)
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@breezie (1249)
• Canada
9 Nov 07
I work in a restaurant in Canada. We do not wear hairnets, but anyone with long hair must tie it back. Also anyone with hair not long enough to tie back has to wear a hat. As for gloves, I would rather someone wash their hands frequently instead of wearing the same gloves all day. Thats just as bad as not washing your hands atr all in my opinion.
• Canada
9 Nov 07
Well if you work with food you are supposed to change your gloves constantly and you are supposed to wash you hands as well. Everytime you touch something that isn't sanitized you should wash your hands or change gloves.
@irishmist (3820)
• United States
13 Nov 07
Oh that is just nasty. All that boys hair like that. As far as I know most places require you to wear your hair pulled back, and a hat or net, plus rubber gloves. Though gloves won't work if they keep touching other things besides food, less they change them often. I work with food everyday in a private retirement home, and they don't require you to ewar anything. I have shoulder lenght hair, and I wear headbands or scarves, sometimes a hat. I don't like my hair near food.
• United States
12 Nov 07
Oh man...maybe the dude just ignored or forgot to put his hairnet on?? Most places I see do have them and I think it should be required for them too. I think it would be a good idea to call corp and find out.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
12 Nov 07
Gee, you never know what's going to fall out of someone's hair. It could be a bug or a scab from a sore or germs or hair itself or any number of things. I'm not even happy with any hair showing. In supermarkets, deli and meat staff have to cover their hair. Pierced earrings can be worn but have to be covered with blue tape. Gloves must be worn!! There are also strict cleaning regimens in place and temperature control checks. I used to work in the bakery section of a supermarket and the manager rarely wore gloves while in the bakehouse itself. She had lots of pimples that you could see had been picked because they were bloody and scabby and it almost made me sick whenever I saw her handling food. We only had to wear caps and I would sometimes get a bun for lunch and find a hair in it. The first time I complained she cut my hours back. I went higher and she said I was a liar and a trouble maker that I was too slow and couldn't do the work.
@Monkeyrose (2850)
• Canada
8 Nov 07
You only have to use a hair restraint according to health and safety guidelines in canada. This can include a hair net, hat, or tying hair back. I work at safeway, and our deli staff don't wear hair nets. I think they should... but the girls would never agreee to it. I worked at tim hortons on cash... all I was doing was bagging doughnuts and pouring coffee and I had to wear a hair net.