posted on Mar, 26 2020 @ 10:42 AM
Greetings fellow ATS'ers, from Jekyll Island, GA. This is my first time starting a thread. What I i was told at a McDonalds drive thru yesterday spun
me into a dimension of conspiracy paranoia that I haven't been in in a long time. My wife and I stopped at McD's and as we're sitting there
waiting to pull up to the window, we noticed the cashier wasn't wearing gloves. I've been working in foodservice as a manager and/or worker for most
of my life, and consider it best practice to wear disposable gloves I the kitchen while doing anything in the kitchen, regardless of the current
situation with the Corona virus, especially handling money. We got to the window and and paid, and my wife asked the cashier, half jokingly and half
seriously, " what's up with the bare hands? McDonalds can't afford gloves lol?" I could not believe what the young lady said.
She told us that one of the local health inspectors, many of whom I'm well acquainted with
from ten years of managing local school system kitchens, visited them the day before and advised them not to wear disposable gloves unless
absolutley necessary, like handling raw meat, etc., as the disposable gloves would PROMOTE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 VIRUS(!!!)".
As I said earlier, I have worked in food service most of my adult life, the last 10 years spent as a kitchen manager for Glynn County Schools. I have
a degree in culinary arts and institutional food service, Servsafe certification, and I'm even a proctor for the servsafe test. Not one time have I
EVER known a county health inspector to advise food service workers NOT to wear disposable gloves.
The young lady in the drive thru window was just as concerned and bewildered by this as we were, but she told us she had to follow the instructions
of the health inspector or she would lose her job.
Can any of you out there help me understand the logic of this? She was told that the virus could live on the surface of the gloves for up to
three days. NO ONE WEARS DISPOSABLE GLOVES FOR 3 DAYS! I've had to discipline plenty of employees for not changing their gloves after every task, and
to change their gloves at least every 15 minutes if they were handling money. I'm sure disposable gloves are in short supply, and are much need in
more critical areas, like the hospital and police force, but for a health inspector to tell food service workers not to wear disposable gloves" to
stop the spread of the Virus" has me strapping on my tin foil hat. Is the health inspector ignorant and uneducated? I highly doubt that. Is the
health department intentionally giving out false information and misguiding workers to promote the spread of the virus? I hope not. But is there any
logical reason a health inspector would discourage the use of gloves when dealing with the public during a pandemic situation? Maybe I missed some new
information about how food borne illnesses and viruses in general are transmitted. The only thing I can think of is the more people get the virus, the
more it spreads in a city or an area, the more of that sweet federal pandemic aide money a county or state will receive. Much like how the National
Free and Reduced Lunch scam works in school kitchens( a topic for another subject I plan to post here). If anyone can talk me down and help me
understand what the actual F#@% this "don't wear gloves to stop the Virus" madness is about, please do. This tin foil hat is getting heavy and
it's starting to make my brain hurt.