I watched a Dunkin’ employee open a bag of coffee with her teeth | tracey folly

*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission.

When I worked in the city, I would visit the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts franchise during my lunch break. I enjoyed sitting alone with my cup of coffee and relaxing for an hour before returning to work. Sometimes I brought along a coworker or two if I wanted the company, but I mostly went by myself.

I have always found that sitting alone with a cup of coffee is the best way to relax. Sipping from my coffee cup gave me a reason to sit there and enjoy my second favorite way to relax: people watching. You’d feel surprised at the things you see if you slow down and take the time to look around you instead of rushing out the door with your coffee and a donut.

One day, I was sitting there alone with my cup of coffee when I noticed the young woman working behind the counter open a bag of coffee with her teeth. I wasn’t expecting to see something so unappetizing in a coffee shop. Surely biting a bag of coffee isn’t part of the chain’s official protocol.

In the end, I said nothing to the employee. I didn’t complain to a manager. However, I found another Dunkin’ location to get my coffee and people-watching fix once I realized that the same employee was there every time I took my lunch break from work.

I couldn’t imagine what else she was doing out of sight of the customers. If she couldn’t do something as simple as open a bag of coffee without using her teeth, then I didn’t want to know what she was doing with the donuts and bagels when no one was watching.

As someone who has worked in food preparation, I can attest that sometimes the people who make your food don’t care. It’s sad but true. Cleanliness isn’t always an employee’s top priority, regardless of company policy or training.

If you’re ever in doubt about the safety of eating something from a restaurant or food establishment, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and not eat it. After all, you don’t know what went on behind the scenes.

In other words, if you want to make sure your food and beverages have been prepared with the utmost care, you will have to prepare them yourself.

I still enjoy going to Dunkin’ Donuts, but I make sure to visit a different location. I don’t want to risk being served food or drinks by someone who doesn’t adhere to proper sanitation standards. And if I’m honest, I do n’t think I could ever look at that employee the same way again after seeing her open a bag of coffee with her teeth from her.

Have you ever seen something similar in a coffee shop or restaurant? Do you have a similar story about gross things you’ve seen happen at a coffee shop? Have you ever seen something unappetizing in a restaurant or food service setting? What did you do about it? Let me know in the comments.

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