People are quite protective of carts here in the UK. However people don't tend to nick them (as far as I know.) The reason is you have to put £1 in your cart to use it (in most places.) you get it back at the end of your shop when you chain your cart back up.
Not sure if this is an SS.
I worked at a big department store, in there Cafe. We did toasted tea cakes. People would select a cake and bring it up to be toasted.
One lady hands me a cake and I go to cut it. She gets quite snippy with me.
I am "gasp" Handling her tea cake. I think she has not seen my gloves (new set for each customer)
I explain I have gloves on and they are new and this is how we handle all our customers food.
No, that is not good enough, they normal use the paper.
We cook the items on a sheet a grease proof paper and yes it is true, If we are busy (or lazy) and we don't have chance to change our gloves or put gloves on at all (trying to get what amounts to lose surgical cloves on damp hands is really very hard), we use the paper to hold the item while we cut it. thus not touching it.
I don't want to argue and don't see any harm in humoring her I offer to do her another one, as she is going on that she doesn't want to get sick with my germs.
I did not tell her that all the Cakes had been put in that nice big stack by me, wearing another pair of the cloves.
I just put the cake back on the pile (she had picked it up with tongues) when she was not looking.
Had she just asked me to do her another using the paper as she doesn't like the gloves, I would say she was not an SS. It was the tone she used to talked to me, like I was dirty and stupid.
I've had to ask an employee at a deli to stop and change his gloves, but I was as nice as I could be while getting his attention before he touched my sandwich.
The person in front of me decided she wanted a peanut butter cookie. The register employee asked the employee making my sandwich to put a cookie in the other customer's bag. (Register employee had taken off and thrown away her gloves to take the money).
I quickly said, "I'm deathly allergic to peanuts. Please change your gloves before you touch my food."
The manger who had been cleaning/restocking the drink frigs stepped in and explained this was exactly why they changed gloves between every customer.
She offered me a discount. I told her that it was an honest mistake and no harm done. I'm a regular there now and have told neighbors how careful they are with food safety.
On a later trip a customer questioned them "wasting" gloves by changing the between customers. The employee on duty explained about food allergies and cross contamination. The customer made a "boy it must be hard to live with allergies that bad" comment. (Not a mean comment just a that blows my mind comment) I spoke up and said, "Restaurants like this one make it easier."