Now that I have your attention with my impressive misuse of negatives, I’ll begin the day’s rant. My loyal readers will know that I frequently lament the near total cluelessness of most young people with my posts. This is just one more case of the same. Now understand, the real fault lies not with the young people, but with their parents and the bulk of their teachers and employers.
The subject comes up today because of my feet sticking to the floor in a local fast-food joint earlier in the day. I will assume that a large cup of sweet tea or soft drink was spilled in the restaurant and that afterwards there was a too-quick mop-up made of the area. I doubt if they knew that it’s best to soak up the bulk of the spill with rags or paper towels so there would be less spill to deal with in the first place. Obviously, not enough water was used to thin out the sugar enough to keep the floor from being sticky when it was mopped (IF it was mopped).
That got me to thinking, though, about the general condition of mops in fast-food joints. If I had a dollar for every time that I’ve seen mop-buckets of dark-grey, greasy water rolled out of restaurant closets to clean up spills, I might not be wealthy, but I could certainly afford take my wife out to a better class of restaurant! Do even the managers not know that you’re supposed to change the water and wash the mop after every heavy (or cumulative) use? I’ve actually seen grease-balls floating on the mop water and smelled rank, soured mops that had, obviously, NEVER been washed out and dried between uses. It’s so bad, that in some places, you can actually see a line down low on the wall where the mop reaches. Everything above that line is relatively clean; everything below is stained grayish-brown. It doesn’t seem to matter what state you’re in, the restaurants are all the same.
Another thing, have you ever noticed that some restaurants have restrooms and lobbies with greasy floors? That means that they not only use the same mop there as in the kitchen, AND VICE VERSA, but do so without ever changing the water and washing the mop! Disgusting! © 2013-