How right you are! Some do that I have seen. It may just be an oversight, since not as many people use the carts. Mention it to the manager and see what he or she has to say. Put a small package of wipes in your purse or bag, and do a quick wipe-down before shopping. -- Heloise
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Dear Readers: Handy uses for wallpaper scraps:
* Frame sections and use as wall art in other rooms.
* Cover books to protect them.
* Laminate and use as place mats.
* Line shelves and drawers with them.
* Use as wrapping paper.
BACK TO BUSSERS
Dear Readers: Wow, we really struck a nerve with the comment about restaurant bussers wiping seats and tables with the same cloth:
Dana in Pennsylvania wrote: “I have a solution we use where I work: Wipe the top off the table first so all the crumbs trickle down to floor/seats. Then, flip the rag inside out to get the seats. If going on to another table to clean, reflip the cloth, and you are on the right side for the table. Sometimes this is not always foolproof, but it gets the job done.”
A Reader, via e-mail, wrote: “What does it matter if you clean the table before the seat? Bussers have so many tables to clear and then clean before going to the kitchen. So unless you soiled your pants before coming into the restaurant, the chances of a dirty seat are minimal.” (Heloise here: This is certainly an interesting view. Comments, readers?)
A grandma, via e-mail, wrote: “I recently noticed this (Heloise here: Wiping the chair, then the table) being done and made a comment to the ‘wiper.’ She stated that this is the first step. She then uses a sanitizer spray.”
Lynn in Texas wrote: “I observed the busser clear the table, then take a cloth, dip it into a water glass, then wipe down the table with the cloth he’d just wet in the water glass -- gross! I reported it to the manager immediately. I now think twice about letting my silverware sit on the table.”
Thanks for the comments! Keep them coming! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: My dogs sleep on either side of my bed (on the floor). They lie against the sides, so they are against the bed skirt. It is necessary to launder the bed skirt weekly. I had a difficult time lifting the mattress, so I cut out the center of the skirt, which went under the middle of the mattress. Now I just tuck the few inches of skirt in between the box spring and mattress. Quicker and easier on my back. -- Maggie K., Vero Beach, Fla.
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