I understand that many jobs are fast-paced, leaving little time to sit down for a decent meal and you find yourself needing to snack throughout the day, to make it through your long shifts. I have a neuromuscular condition that requires that I eat regularly to keep my strength up, so I truly understand the need to eat that often exists, in addition to the basic need for survival.
However, I ask you to consider the possibility that a growing portion of the people that you interact with throughout your day, might have food allergies. Nobody would ask that you simply stop eating, because you need to eat to live. Perhaps, though, you might consider washing your hands before you continue to serve your customers, or have a general awareness of the state of your hands, clothing and work area, as it pertains to food residue.
|Messy eater? Me? Nah...|
Here are some other scenarios that I have encountered:
- I was once waiting on a large print order and the employee had an open bag of mixed nuts, spilled out onto a blank sheet of paper. He was eating them as he was fixing up the job. Luckily, it was a laminated job and I wiped them all down, since they were to be given to my daughter. (I actually have to wipe most things down before I give them to my daughter, but seeing the mixed nuts all over added to my anxiety level.)
- Another time, I was at an exhibit with my daughter and she wanted to go up and visit this one table, but the ladies managing the table were eating Doritos, and peanut butter granola bars. These were hands-on exhibits, so we skipped that table. I still had to wipe her hands and some objects at other tables, because who knows what was eaten before we walked up, but eating-in-progress is more of an immediate issue.
- I remember seeing a pharmacy employee eating chocolate candy, then wiping her hands on her coat, to get the crumbs off, and then filling a prescription bottle. (I've heard similar reports about pharmacy employees eating and touching prescriptions, so I don't think this was an isolated incident.)