If you’ve ever stepped inside a Starbucks’ bathroom, you may have seen a sign reading, “Employees must wash hands before returning to work.” That kind of sign is common, though, amongst eating establishments. What gets me about the Starbucks’ signs are the pictures depicting each step of the hand washing process. “Turn on water,” is written over a picture of a running faucet. “Wet hands.” A picture shows a pair of hands under the running water. This continues through every minute detail. It makes me wary. Why is Starbucks hiring all these people who don’t properly know how to wash their hands? Do I really want to be consuming food and beverage prepared by people who not only need to be reminded to wash their hands, but who also need graphic depictions of said actions?
A few years ago I worked with a barista who had no knowledge of hygiene. Several time I caught her leaving the bathroom without washing her hands. Other employees complained about her handling food without gloves. She once dropped a pen cap into an employee’s son’s drink and then fished it out with her bare hands. Disgusting.
It always flabbergasted me that people have to be reminded to do something that I think should be ingrained in them. On the plus side, though, that barista doesn’t work with us anymore, nor does the girl who always had her butt crack showing (but that’s a whole other story).