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Spraying Windex everywhere even though you're still eating?

This has happened to me on at least three occasions. And it doesn't matter whether it's high-end dining, low-end, or in between. What prompts staff to spray cleanser around people who are eating? Ignorance? Maliciousness? Just not caring?

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  1. Health department rules that require sanitizing of tables between seatings?.
    A $300 to $500 fine for each violation observed by inspectors?.

    They should be somewhat discreet, spraying their wiping cloth instead of the table or seats.

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    1. re: hannaone

      Well, that makes sense. They SHOULD be discreet, but I have NEVER seen someone spray their cloth instead of the table.

      1. re: monkeyrotica

        Interesting, I only see them wiping with a (presumably) treated rag. never seen anyone spray the table itself, either here in Honolulu or when I am visiting family in LA. Wonder if it is a regional thing?

        1. re: KaimukiMan

          In FL, the cloth is usually coated before they come out, they wife they table and leave. I have never seen sprayed used either.

      2. re: hannaone

        >>""They should be somewhat discreet, spraying their wiping cloth instead of the table or seats.""

        In my state the spray sanitizers/germicides goes directly on the contact surface, spread with the clean/sanitized towel, and allowed to air dry. Federal Law, however, prohibits the use of sanitizers/germicides inconsistent with the product label. (Both are technically the same as spraying just the towel will result in ineffective bacteria/germ killing.

        1. re: RShea78

          And one of the operative terms here.... CLEAN towel. Some rags I see servers wiping with are disgusting.

          1. re: RShea78

            "Spray sanitizers/germicides". Who says they have to be sprayed? This may be out of convenience but is there a law saying they must spray?
            I am going to say this again elsewhere: this is a huge pet peeve. I don't like table crop-dusting right next to me!

            1. re: Scargod

              >>Who says they have to be sprayed? This may be out of convenience but is there a law saying they must spray?<<

              Did you read my post below? (RShea78 Feb 25, 2009 04:54PM )

              ME QUOTES: "The tables, on the other hand, can be sanitized with a "final sanitizing towel in solution of sanitizer" in order to lose the sprayer."

              1. re: RShea78

                Guess not! I jumped on that comment because you said "in my state the spray sanitizers/germicides goes directly on the contact surface". This means it must be sprayed or poured on the table surface.
                I still don't know what the "both are technically the same as spraying" refers to. Which boths are the same? Wiping being one of them?
                Later you say wiping is acceptable. You seem knowledgeable in this area; is Windex, or window cleaning solutions (with their isopropyl alcohol content, I presume), acceptable to health departments?

                1. re: Scargod

                  If then else, Scargod. IF A SPRAY is used it THEN has to be used as intended, "sprayed directly on the contact surface". ELSE is a bucket of sanitizer.

                  Windex, I believe is a out of context of being used as a sanitizer, even though some sanitizers can be of an ammonia base. (Generally quaternary ammonium) Whatever used must be properly labeled as a sanitizer- not as a glass cleaner.

        2. I had this happen to me at a restaurant once. The server started spraying and wiping MY table while I was sitting there eating!! Then slopped the dirty cloth up around by plate!! I left my food on the table and complained to the manager. YUCK

          1. I say, "pure ignorance!". There is a time to clean the windows (Windex) vs keeping the tables sanitized. The tables, on the other hand, can be sanitized with a "final sanitizing towel in solution of sanitizer" in order to lose the sprayer. Unfortunately, some chain restaurants are set in their ways of doing things inconsistent with what is the right ways and wrong ways of sanitation.

            1. When you can get employees to follow rules and use common sense, LET ME KNOW!

              1. I agree, I hate this. Both my brother and my sister have the habit of using spray cleaners (e.g. 409) on kitchen surfaces right after cooking, but before they actually put all of the food on the table. So the mist of the cleaner is in the air, and probably on the food they just prepared. Why they think eating chemicals is any healthier than allowing a few germs to potentially bloom for a couple of minutes is beyond me.