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Shoppers wearing disposable gloves rant!

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I work for a supermarket. Disposable gloves wearing by customers has decreased a lot. Why are some still  wearing them? 

They don’t understand that those in medical and care work change their gloves very frequently - ie between patients or more regularly if got a messy job to do. These people are wearing the same gloves in different shops and sometimes over several days. As saw a couple wearing gloves which were absolutely filthy.🤬 I bet these gloves contain more nasties than unsantised hands!🤮 I over emphasised my application of hand sanitiser to them to give them the hint.

Most of these customers who wear gloves pay with cash! If you are that paranoid with germs etc - you certainly don’t pay with cash!🤔

Today, I changed some advertising banners in the car park. Saw a man packing his car with shopping. Then took off his disposable gloves with his teeth grabbing the fingers🤢.

None of my colleagues or other shop workers wear these gloves. Actually my employer has advised us not to wear them as cross contamination and false sense of safety. I sanitise hands when handling cash and wash when I go on breaks and finish work.

Think more is needed to inform these people that gloves are worse than they made to be especially when worn over several days!
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  • CKhalvashi
    CKhalvashi Posts: 12,101 Forumite
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    I could ask the same question.

    I've only worn gloves when picking up loose fruit and veg where it's been a legal requirement to do so (not in the UK). I'd never re-use gloves though as that's just stupidity, just as I don't re-use disposable masks (normally changed daily, but using a fabric mask over the top which is changed every 2-3 days and washed after this).

    The pandemic has made me realise how much I was touching and steps have been proactively taken to stop this. This could probably do more to stop the spread of Covid than anything else.
    💙💛 💔
  • TadleyBaggie
    TadleyBaggie Posts: 6,143 Forumite
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    I volunteer in a vaccine centre, one of things we ask is that everyone uses sanitiser on their hand. Had one chap say, "I don't need too, I'm wearing gloves"!
  • jon81uk
    jon81uk Posts: 3,793 Forumite
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    I used to work in food retail and was taught that soap and water is better than gloves as can feel when hands are dirty. Also washing them regularly is best. With gloves most people get into a false sense of secuirity. I've seen far too many shop staff wearing gloves, go and touch stock trolleys, door handles etc and then come back to handle fresh food, not thinking about washing hands or anything.
  • emmajones1976
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    Because Government messaging over the past 23 months has scared a small number of people to death. Thats essentially it.
  • briskbeats
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    I volunteer in a vaccine centre, one of things we ask is that everyone uses sanitiser on their hand. Had one chap say, "I don't need too, I'm wearing gloves"!
    What an idiot! Must be shopping at my work!
  • Silvertabby
    Silvertabby Posts: 9,196 Forumite
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    I've carried - and used - hand sanitiser gel for years.  Pre Covid, I couldn't believe how many 'ladies' didn't bother washing their hands after using the loo, and then used their manky paws to open the exit door.
  • Dazed_and_C0nfused
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    I've carried - and used - hand sanitiser gel for years.  Pre Covid, I couldn't believe how many 'ladies' didn't bother washing their hands after using the loo, and then used their manky paws to open the exit door.
    You'd never see that in the gents  ;)
  • briskbeats
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    I've carried - and used - hand sanitiser gel for years.  Pre Covid, I couldn't believe how many 'ladies' didn't bother washing their hands after using the loo, and then used their manky paws to open the exit door.
    I used hand sanitiser before Covid. As seen women where they find spitting ok in their culture- spit in sinks. Also abroad as their toilets are seriously disgusting. Even one I paid a Euro in Sicily and it was a grot hole. 
  • MattMattMattUK
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    The why is because a lot of people are scared, stupid, or both.
  • oldagetraveller1
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    "These people are wearing the same gloves in different shops and sometimes over several days."

    Similarly with face nappies!
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