Fast food worker doesn't wash hands do you eat or leave?

United States
February 8, 2007 12:32am CST
Say you see a person cooking hamburgers or making a sandwich and they sneeze and continue making your food do you say something or take the food anyway? What if they go to the bathroom while you are in there and walk out without washing their hands do you stop them, complain or keep your mouth shut. I mean I have seen people go into the bathroom and walk out and go eat their food after they had boo boo. Do you think they know that they carry germs back with them or just don't care? What woud you do?
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@mssnow (9495)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Fast food workers are required to wash their hands after they go to the bathroom and when they do things that could cause germs. I would talk to the manager and tell them what I saw then have them make a hmaburger after I saw that the person had washed their hands.
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• United States
8 Feb 07
they are required yes, but that doesnt mean that they always do!
@Thoroughrob (11756)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I would leave and would complain to the manager. I think the get in a hurry and do not think about it. I worked in a deli, and seen a few things I couldn't believe when I was working there. It usually was when we were extremely busy. It is not an excuse, they should know better. There is no excuse for leaving the bathroom without washing hands.
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• China
8 Feb 07
If I didn't see it maybe I will eat if I was hungery
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@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
8 Feb 07
Well apart from the eww factor, just walking away is not going t change anything. I would ask to speak to the manager and complain. Hopefully he would ensure the worker understands the health and safety implications of working with food and hand washing And I would go home and cook for myself :)
• United States
8 Feb 07
it's too bad 1 word answers dont count here. Id just say ew. haha Yeah umm if I saw a food worker NOT wash their hands Id have to ask that they DIDNT handle my food if it was a place I really wanted. Id probably even bring it to their managers attention. Thats just unsanitary & gross. Id most likely leave though. Thats just a horrid thought haha. I saw a dude once standing behind the counter at a Panda Express picking his nose. As I stood & watched I wondered if I was the only person who saw it. I then said Im not hungry anymore. It was just gross.
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@MrsAdvice (623)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I actually had something like this happen to me. I am one of those people who does not like to confront people or make a scene . . . but . . . you know how germy MONEY is? It's extremely germy. At a Subway restaurant in Allegan, Michigan, a guy took someone's money, put it in the drawer, and then turned to me and asked me what kind of bread I wanted on my sub. I looked at him and I said, "Aren't you gonna wash your hands first?" I was shocked at my outspoken-ness, but I knew I wasn't paying for a sandwich I wasn't gonna eat, and there was no way I was eating that sandwich if he did not wash his hands. He made a big ordeal out of washing them, and re-washing them, and then finally turned to me and told me he had planned on washing them all along, after he found out my bread he was going to wash them, he claimed, well, I doubt it. I don't think he would've washed them if I had not said anything.
• United States
8 Feb 07
I think I would head out that is pretty disgusting
@missyd79 (3441)
• United States
12 Feb 07
i would have walked out, and if i see someone not wash their hands after using the bathroom and they work there i would complain to their manager and then leave. i can not stand, that is just plain gross.
• United States
9 Feb 07
I would not take the food from them. That is just disgusting. I would ask for the manager and tell them what I saw. If someone is too embarrassed to do this, then don't take your food, get your money back and leave! No one knows what kind of diseases they could get and why take the chances on your family? The manager would write them up, or possibly even let them go, depending on how severe the situation was. And hopefully you'd get some free food too :)
@rmuxagirl (7568)
• United States
9 Feb 07
If I saw a cook sneeze and then go back to cooking my food I would ask to see the manager because that is beyond unsanitary. I don't want to eat a sandwich after someone has sneezed on it.
• United States
9 Feb 07
most people would get all excited and make a scene..but I would just leave..if I can see into the prep area and it doesn't look right, I won't even deal with it..if the health inspectors came through, saw the nastiness, and didn't think anything of it, that means that particular place doesn't care about its customers..so why spend money there?
@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
9 Feb 07
I've seen women come out of toilet cubicles and just walk out of the toilet complex and I think *gross*. I am so tempted to ask, "Forget something?" but then that's not me. But you have to remember that it also means they touch the dorrs on their way out and although you have washed your hands, they haven't. As much as germs won't survive on plastic paint ot metal for too long, if you touch it within minutes you're contaminating yourself too. What do you do? Bring wipes and wash your hands every five secnds when you touch anything. It's so difficult and a fine line between being vigilant and being obsessive compulsive! Would I eat in such a place had someone sneezed on their hands and then continued making my food. NO. I would likely walk out.
@coolsanth (112)
• India
9 Feb 07
ya i too watched this things lot more times in canttens.. i have complained many times but there is no change.. they has to realize on there own, otherwise we should stop going there...
@bcc23488 (883)
• Thailand
9 Feb 07
I think it is simple if you want to comfort you don't care it because all of fast foods is dirty I must accept it because I don't have anyway to select I don't have more time to cooking with myself so I must buy something to eat it
• United States
9 Feb 07
I would leave the resturant. If you say something to the cook, im afraid he would just spit in the food. I would be to worried to eat it.
• India
9 Feb 07
The topic put forward for discussion is worthy of close scrutiny and studious examination.When we have to eat out,sure,we have to depend on other people.We almost take it for granted that things are healthy and hygenic,the same time it is hot.But we can not take all people into trust.There may be even saddists among food makers who feel perverted contentment that others have eaten a bit of their waste matter.The facelift that we see for an eatery may be deceptive.Inside there may be rule of filth and foul smell and thorough absence of cleanliness.There are cooks stinking with sweat and drops of sweat fall into food.It reminds us of Jonathan Swift's guideline to household cooks.If a bit of soot falls into your master's soup, stir it well,so that it will give an excellent french taste.All of us enjoy it at one time or another.We can insist on cleanliness from all eateries,big or small.The cooks must stick on to rigorous hygiene and this shall be made mandatory.Good and honest hotel keepers will insist on this,without any pressures from outside.Will any law, make any more law breakers? God alone knows. Trust in God.When you are hungry, God comes in the form of food.Eat it.Ignore whether it has the smell of the fruit,smell of the fruit of the tree of knowledge that Satan,the serpent,had presented to the First Mother. With all good wishes, Manibal
@uhevelyn (219)
• Japan
9 Feb 07
I would leave of course,I cant eat dirty foods.
• United States
9 Feb 07
I would definitely leave. I have no problem walking away from a place where I feel the service isn't up to par, and that's a perfect example. I've gone to fast food restaurants and a server has coughed directly into my bag...and I had no problem throwing that bag away as soon as they gave it to me. Another example of that is when a fast-food server gives your bag to someone else on accident (like the car in front of you), then realizes the mistake and takes the bag back; I'll ask for a new order because I don't know what the person in front of me did when they looked in the bag, either!
@alchemistrx (2577)
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
i just need to protect myself if they don't wash their hands.One way or another I could not eat food that is contaminated.I'll just have to report it to the management.
@Zo0mZo0m (1357)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I've worked in a fast food restaurant and I have witnessed it first hand. I've really seen some disturbing things and I would not allow that person or persons to prepare my food. I'd do it myself. As a consumer I'd report the employee to the management and if I'm not satisfied with the decision of the management I would go over their heads until I am satisfied. I'd go as far as telling my friends and family not to eat there.
• United States
9 Feb 07
I would tell the manager right away. I would not eat the food. And, I also would turn it over to the health department. They must know what it going on. Lot's of bad germs are spread that way.