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03-02-2017, 09:02   #31
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My local supermarket has a healthy clientele of ladies of that age, buying fruit is a nightmare, particularly apples can only be purchased if they're freshly on display. Local habit seems to be to test the apples (hardness? softness?) by pushing a thumbnail into it, having observed the practice it seems you need to test almost all the apples in this manner before selecting a non tested one. Apples on display for more than 5 mins tend to be pock marked with little crescents or worse puncture marks.
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Do you feel filthy after it? When in nearest city, I feel like I've a layer of grime on me afterwards. Especially on my hands if I've touched the metal bannisters on the carpark stairs.

I'e probably built up superimmunity to ever germ known to man, though!
I get that feeling too. Being in the city is like being soaked in fumes and grime all day long. I swear it's cleaner working on the farm.
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And there's never any thongs for the apples or red / green peppers either, but I guess most people wash them before eating.
Stupid sexy apples
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Those salad bar things in supermarkets are amongst the most grim places known to man. I've seen a woman literally fingering the tuna sweetcorn.
Oh YUkK!
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I prefer minging bastard to toucher or sniffer.
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Fingernails in apples. I've a dose of the gawks now..
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Maybe a member of staff should be posted near the bakery and the green groceries to avert incidents like this..they could have a bit stick..
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Maybe a member of staff should be posted near the bakery and the green groceries to avert incidents like this..they could have a bit stick..
I volunteer! My walking stick is at your service!
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I have seen a few bread dispensers in other countries that deal with this handling issue - but have not spotted it in Ireland myself yet. The loose bread and pretzels and croissants and the like are in a display cabinet you can not get your hands into. Instead there is a shovel system where you push your selected bread sideways into a kind of dispensing tunnel.

https://ninasroadlesstraveled.files....6/img_2871.jpg

So you are pretty much guaranteed that your bread product has not been mauled by anyone else. At least not anyone from the public. What the workers of the shop do is anyone's guess.
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I have seen a few bread dispensers in other countries that deal with this handling issue - but have not spotted it in Ireland myself yet. The loose bread and pretzels and croissants and the like are in a display cabinet you can not get your hands into. Instead there is a shovel system where you push your selected bread sideways into a kind of dispensing tunnel.

https://ninasroadlesstraveled.files....6/img_2871.jpg

So you are pretty much guaranteed that your bread product has not been mauled by anyone else. At least not anyone from the public. What the workers of the shop do is anyone's guess.
see post #29
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Hah, same picture and all. Ooops.
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Over here in Italy fresh fruit and veggies are on display for all to see. We are allowed to check apples, peaches and so on for hardness/softness or inspect an apple all around before putting them into a bag. Disposable thin gloves are provided along with bags. It's compulsory to use them.
Once the bag is done we place it on a scale, we select the product which is in the bag (cucumbers, apples, bananas, etc) and press the relevant button on the scale, automatically a sticker with the name of the selected item, its price per kg, its weight and final price is printed. We stick it on the bag and hand it out to the cashier at the end of the shopping.
Mixed salads and other similar things are already pre-packed in plastic boxes and priced, no risk that anybody could interfere with their integrity.
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Does anyone actually buy food from those self service salad bars ?

*hork*
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Does anyone actually buy food from those self service salad bars ?

*hork*
In the Dunne's where I used to live, the salad bar was enclosed and covered. You had to lift the door to access it. But all the same no way. I never buy street food either.
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I squeeze wrapped bread (like Brennan's, Irish Pride) gently. I rarely buy the unwrapped rolls and things like that, but wouldn't touch them, and if I am buying them I pick them up with a bag or a tongs (because my hands have been on the trolley bar, which hasn't ever been cleaned). I sniff items like melons for ripeness, but don't touch them with my nose, and I presume most people don't eat melon rinds. Things like apples that people are likely to eat without washing/peeling, no, wouldn't touch those.

When I get home I wash my hands before unpacking my groceries, because again, the trolley.
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