Your previous story, “Doing the Jelly Roll Stomp” (http://www.etiquettehell.com/?p=862) and one of the comments reminded me of a particularly disgusting incident at a local grocery store a little while back.
The store sells food in bulk, and some of the bulk items come from dispensers with spouts that you open and close with a handle. One afternoon, I went in for just a couple of things. I saw a woman with, I presume, her two daughters. The older girl was a teenager, the younger one a preteen of maybe between 10 and 12. I have to wonder if maybe the younger girl was younger than she looked, or maybe had a mental disability, because she seemed much too old to behave as she did. I’m not a parent but I can’t recall that me or any of my friends still had no concept of hygiene as preteens. Maybe that’s just how poorly she’s been taught all her life.
Some of the bulk items are sweets and salty snacks. Apparently something in one of the dispensers had some kind of tasty coating that stuck to the inside of the spout, because the girl proceeded to lick her hand and fingers and stick them up the spout so the powdery stuff would stick to her hand. She then licked it off and repeated. The mom was ignoring this behavior. Ignoring it. I’m not sure I’ve ever been so appalled. I stopped, looked the child in the eye and told her very firmly and said disapprovingly, “Don’t do that!”, and went on my way before the mother could give me any kind of flak about it.
I was in a hurry that afternoon, and somehow it didn’t occur to me to go get a manager and ask that the dispenser be cleaned. I really wish I had done more, but I think between wanting to get out of the store and just being so shocked, my brain didn’t even go there. I realize what a failure that was and sincerely wish I could take it back. No one should have bought anything from that dispenser until it was sanitized.
Do I even need to say I’ve never bought anything from the bulk dispensers in that store? 0707-10
Slurping Through The Bulk Bins
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