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Old 04-28-2020, 11:07 AM
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We decided we needed a break and went to a drive-thru to pick up lunch. At the window, the cashier was wearing his gloves and a mask. He told my DH the total and when DH tried to hand him his debit card, the cashier said he couldn't touch that and offered the card-reading machine for my husband to insert the card. The cashier then pulled the machine back in the window, processed the payment, pulled out the card, and handed my husband the card and the receipt. I'm pretty sure the machine didn't magically clean the card while it was processing the payment, so I am not sure why it was ok to touch it after and not before. I would bet he didn't change his gloves after we left either. What ridiculous 'safety' measures that fell short have you witnessed?


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Old 04-28-2020, 11:12 AM
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I only go out to walk, so I donít know, but I have to tell you that your well-written description of your experience made me howl.
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Old 04-28-2020, 11:17 AM
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The gloves thing is the worst. I wish people would stop wearing them and just wash their hands. At my drive thru I saw the cashier adjust her shirt, scratch her neck and fill the soda cups all with gloved hands. There is no way to keep gloves from being cross contaminated unless you're in a medical setting and changing them after every interaction. It's just a false sense of security.

(I wipe my card with hand sanitizer after every transaction--not sure what that's doing to my magnetic strip )
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Old 04-28-2020, 11:17 AM
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That makes no sense. Do your cards not have tap? I canít remember the last time I actually had to insert a card. Itís been several years.

I saw a cashier at the grocery store, wearing gloves, use hand sanitizer on her gloves in between customers.
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Old 04-28-2020, 11:21 AM
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The one that is killing me is people wearing a mask over their mouth only. Why bother?

Two weeks ago I was at Aldis. The cashier was wearing plastics gloves. They were filthy! Gross! I definitely wiped all of my groceries down that day.


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Old 04-28-2020, 12:30 PM
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I'm wondering if the cashier couldn't touch and insert the card not for sanitary reasons but for power over the transaction. Does it make any sense? No.

I have never "tapped" my card. I don't think that is an option anywhere near where I live. The card is always inserted.
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Old 04-28-2020, 12:51 PM
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Like Pooh Bear said, the gloves!!! They are not magical, people!!

I've said that since long before covid. Food workers wearing gloves is one of my top peeves. It is actually far more unsanitary because people don't wash their hands or change their gloves appropriately.
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Old 04-28-2020, 01:29 PM
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When I worked in the business world we once had a woman in the lunchroom who went to the restroom wearing the gloves and coming back to hand out lunch. Sometimes I wonder what are people thinking
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Old 04-28-2020, 02:17 PM
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MIL ordered us liquid gloves. Itís a lotion that is supposed to protect your hands like gloves for like 4 hours. We got two tubes. They are still in the plastic wrapping because I donít see the point. I donít wear gloves out. I avoid touching my face, try to touch as little as possible, sanitize, then wash my hands as soon as I can.
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Old 04-28-2020, 02:53 PM
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I agree with the gloves issue (and posted about it a few weeks ago). Gromit is right—people act like they’re magical, that just by wearing them nothing is transmitted. Just as there is a right procedure for wearing and removing a face covering, there is a correct way to use gloves.


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Old 04-28-2020, 04:15 PM
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A couple of weeks ago, I saw a man at the grocery store wearing gloves but not a mask. I don't know where he'd been before he picked up Every Single plastic box of grapes and peered closely at it breathing into the air around it. Hey, fella, the box has holes in it. I wanted grapes but not enough to get them after this guy had been there.
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Old 04-28-2020, 04:31 PM
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I haven't witnessed this, but on the news a few days ago, they showed on hidden cameras in certain grocery stores how during closing hours when customers aren't in the stores that employees don't wear gloves, blow their noses or scratch their noses then continue stocking food, etc. So all the mask-wearing, etc. is just for appearances. We would like to hope they keep doing the right thing when we're not watching, but I'm afraid not always or maybe not at all.

That's all the more reason I take the extra time to rinse off/wipe food items down when I bring groceries home.

They need to set up hidden cameras all over and fine employees who do this.
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Old 04-28-2020, 04:57 PM
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Where did you get the liquid gloves? That sounds like an interesting idea.
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Old 04-28-2020, 10:15 PM
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I saw something I wonít even share. It hasnít even been two weeks yet so I may still get it and die. Letís hope not.
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