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Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 5:03am
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Now I'm reeeealy grossed out!!!
Andrea

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 6:03am
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Another scary thing about Valerie's original post is that I (or any of us) could have been the next customer, not having seen the Snickers incident, and allowed my PA son to help me unload the so-called "safe" groceries!
PA's have definitely made me a much more suspicious and untrusting person. But, on the bright side, I am also smarter and more outspoken. But I really worry about turning my family into hermits, we never eat out, we are terrified of sending my PA son to school in a couple of years, and it seems that EVERYTHING and everyone is suspect! One of the only things that keeps my head up (besides everyday I spend with my son) is the hope of a treatment, vaccine, cure, anything, to make our lives a little bit easier!
Take care,
Lisa

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 7:25am
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I did have my pa dd help me unload our cart at WalMart last summer. She had a major reaction at the store. We we got to the hospital, I realized everything was contaminated, in my car. WalMart came and got everything from me and when we left the hosptial we stopped at WalMart and they brought my rebought stuff out. WalMart was to call and talk to me later but that never happened. They could have been better, but they could have been worse.

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 8:41am
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Connielynn,
What do you attribute the reaction to at Wal-Mart?
What city and state was this in?

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 9:09am
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McCook Ne. The reason? WalMart was giving out samples and some stupid person threw their trash in our cart. The residue was on our groceries and stuff. Dd never touched the trash.

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 10:49am
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I had a similar experience at KidsRUs, a big clothing chain here. I was going to surprise my dd with a raincoat. We had seen it together, so I went back when I was alone to buy it. The cashier was eating a cookie while she was ringing up the customers. DD is also allergic to milk and egg, I have no idea what kind of cookie it was. If it didn`t have peanuts, I`m sure it must have had milk or egg. Anyhow, I left, returned another day, same cashier, eating again. I left, came back a third time, and the raincoat was gone---someone had bought it and they didn`t have any more in her size. So I called the store manager. I was really annoyed. I have very little time to go shopping without dd because I work full time. Anyhow, I called the store manager and said I didn`t want the cashier (I gave her name) to be fired, but I would like the raincoat. I explained about dd`s food allergies, and contamination. Anyhow here is his response: He completely agreed and said "That is what breaks are for." He ended up ordering the rain coat for me. I have been in many times since. The cashier still works there and I haven`t seen her eating on the job. I think that it is hard when you are caught by surprise. I`m sure Valerie didn`t head for Walmart and say to herself "What will I do if the bagger is eating peanuts?" But I also think we have to look out for our kids, and it sounds cold but it is not my problem if the cashier or bagger gets fired. The law says these people get a break every four hours, right? And besides the issue of allergies, it is unsanitary in general.
I also had a pharmacist eat while counting pills (how gross). She was eating a bagel. But, come on, that is so unsanitary also! I refused to pick up the rx, called the manager, and asked them to make me a new rx when this pharmacist was off.

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 11:19am
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Please don't think me changing the topic or being contradictory, but I have some experiences to share, and share I do. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I worked in some pretty nice restaurants. I've also seen the salad man mix tuna salad with his bare hands. I've seen a baby mouse pulled out of the bbq beef. I've found bread in the bin with rodent knawings on it. I've seen mice scurry across the back banquet room in the early morning hours during setup. And boy, roaches move fast!! Chef's generally touch everything they prepare, and I've never observed one using "sterile technique. I've had the boss order me to get a few rounds of beer for the kitchen help during the rush hour when the kitchen was way past 110 degrees and they were sweating profusely at the grill. I also went on many a cigarette run in the lobby when the smokes for the grill men ran out. Gloves are no cure. Not when they touch everything in the kitchen with them on. Most people touch the food they prepare. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Worst thing I saw: The prep cook scoop Roquefort dressing from the master container to the serving dish with his bare hands. 0oooooooops. I said too much again??
This in mind, I don't get to excited when I see people eating on the job. I don't think the intention of causing a reaction ever entered their minds. Nor would it ever cross their minds unless someone very dear to them was food allergic. I wouldn't jepordize their jobs and the welfare of their family (and children) because of it. For every person you see eating on the job, there are probably 100 other people who were food contaminated in some way that you came across outside of your home that same day. Especially if you frequent the malls. There must be at least 20 snack food establishments in every mall I have been in. People eating everywhere, and probably not washing their hands either. Trying on clothes, touching objects and door handles.
Respectfully, Mommabear.
Just some thoughts.

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 1:25pm
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MommaBear --
I worked as a baker at a summer camp, and could share a few stories of my own. On the rare occasions DH and I eat out, I just push all those thoughts ***far*** from my mind...
That said, I do think that there are some jobs that have a responsibility to their customers that would preclude eating on the job.
My personal favorite (not!) was watching the behind-the-counter pharmacist snacking from a large jar of Planter's, as we waited to have a prescription filled. That one took my breath away -- as did his *completely* blank look when I mentioned my concern. Blank enough that you'd truly wonder if he had what it took to even *count* the pills.
I have taken to asking checkout clerks if they've had anything with peanuts during their shift, if I'm purchasing something for DS. Bought him a toothbrush one evening (a spin-brush, with an opening on the package), and asked the question of the older lady working that lane.
"No, no peanuts."
I explained the reason behind my question as she was swiping the toothbrush. She then added, "Well, I did just have a Reese's cup -- but that doesn't have peanuts in it."
Sigh. Toothbrush went in the go-back pile.
I can't say that I *enjoy* asking, but I've probably saved us a reaction on at least two occasions!
-Sue

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 1:44pm
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Part of my point was that this is a health hazard even for people without allergies. When the pharmacist`s hand goes straight from her mouth to the pills I am being given, germs are spread a lot more easily than if she ate an hour ago. In fact, I am sure viruses would not still be on her hand from having eaten an hour ago. This is very unsanitary and spreads illnesses!

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 2:45pm
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(gulp) here goes....just my opinion.....
I've worked in restaurants, grocery stores, retail stores, and schools. I agree that people who are working with the public should NOT be eating anything on the job, especially those that are handling food or medicine (as in the case of the pharmacist). It really is just rude. However, reality has to come into play here. Not every working environment is one where people even get their breaks. I've had jobs where we went without if it was busy, and if we wanted to eat, we had to do it on the job. (very discreetly though) I'm the sort of person that if I have low blood sugar, I'd pass out. You wouldn't have a cashier, I'd be lying on the floor. It really is up to the company to make sure their staff have breaks. There is no way that any of us would have knowingly eaten something that would've put a customer in danger. Ever. If I was in the situation at Wal-mart, a smile and a "look, I have two seriously pa kids at home, and by eating that and touching my groceries, you just contaminated them. They need to be all replaced, and I'll wait here while you do it." I'd get to know the staff at my local grocery store. Tell them about your child's PA. I'd bet that if they got to know you, they may think about it more when they're at work. The staff at my local grocery store even tell me when samples contain nuts, before I ask. Asking the employee if they've recently eaten an item containing peanuts is a good idea too because, the reality is that peanuts are out there. People are free to eat them, no matter who is allergic.

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