Originally Posted by SoFloGuy
Originally Posted by debidehm
Anyone working in or around food should always wash their hands before they start to work anyway, so I don't see how this would be a problem. If his cloths smell of smoke, keep a chef's jacket or some other type of work "uniform" that he keeps at work and changes into when he starts working.
That won't help. If he smells of smoke it means his hair, his breath and skin smell of it too. I've smelled people like that, not too often, but I imagine they smoke in a telephone booth.
"should" is the key word. One time I was traveling and went into a McDonald's to use the bathroom and was going to get back in the car and go to the drive-thru to order. I see a guy with a headset leaving the bathroom without washing his hands. I should have said something to the manager, but I was in a hurry and a little in shock. I left and got food at anther fast food place instead.
Ok. I'll admit that I'm not an expert on the second hand smoke smell on cloths, hair, and skin. But come on. Is that really going to penetrate into a cake? I don't know. How about those with bad breath? If someone had a onion and garlic sandwich for lunch, does that mean the fondant will pick up on that smell too? What if he pumps gas on his way to work, gets a little gas from the pump on his hands, wipes his hands on his pants (let's hope he doesn't lite up a smoke after this), will the cake then smell like gas because now there's gas on his pants?
As far as the hand washing thing goes, if it's a policy to wash your hands how can you micro-manage that? Ask that they wash their hands in the bathroom, but dry their hands in full view of others as proof that this policy is being followed? Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith with people, and trust they will do the right thing.
All I'm saying is that there shouldn't be prejudice against anyone just because of their habits whether we like those habits or not. We can go all day long on this about body smells, and which ones will infuse your cake with the aromas of dirty tennis shoes, sweat, coffee breath, and on and on and on. I haven't even started in about those with animals at home...