JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Workers at numerous Jacksonville fast-food eating places have been caught on digicam, showing to be handing cash, bank cards and meals within the drive-through window with out gloves on or altering their gloves earlier than the following buyer drove up.
Some admitted they weren’t sporting gloves and never washing their arms in between transactions with clients regardless of the specter of COVID-19. How they’re doing their job is elevating issues, regardless that it’s authorized.
I visited a number of fast-food eating places, however now we have chosen to not determine particular eating places or staff as a result of they have been merely doing their jobs and so they weren’t attempting to purposely unfold the coronavirus to clients.
At one restaurant, staff have been sporting gloves on the drive-through and even designating one individual to deal with cash transactions and one other worker to deal with meals.
At one other restaurant, I spoke with an worker who was not sporting gloves, but she was dealing with cash from clients in entrance of me and handing over meals. I drove up and gave the worker my bank card and requested, “Is there a reason why you’re handling money and food with no gloves on?” She stated she was given the selection of whether or not to put on gloves. Then I watched as she walked over to a sink and washed her arms, solely after I stated, “You don’t know the place this card has been. I’ll haven’t washed my arms, however then you definitely’re going at hand me meals and another person meals.”
Considered one of her coworkers who was sporting gloves and heard the dialog walked as much as the window, handed me my meals and confirmed that they got a alternative about sporting gloves. She additionally stated it’s exhausting for window staff to scrub their arms in between transactions with clients with out slowing down the serving course of on the drive-through.
Then I went to a unique restaurant that had two home windows, however just one was open for service. The worker working that window additionally didn’t have on gloves however seemed to be dealing with each cash and meals. Whereas I used to be exterior the place, I known as to seek out out why just one window open, however the worker hung up the telephone.
Although all of this will increase issues, it’s completely authorized, even throughout a pandemic. In response to the Division of Enterprise and Skilled Regulation, there isn’t any mandate or something on the books that claims staff should put on gloves, change gloves or wash their arms between drive-through transactions with clients.
A division spokesperson who I spoke with stated he doesn’t like the very fact there’s no present mandate for this difficulty, however he simply hopes folks use widespread sense to stop the unfold of the coronavirus.
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