You ever wonder about workers washing thier hands
after going to the bathroom, or, how much stuff gets
caught under long fingernails, especially guys who have
one extremely long pinky fingernail. I've heard the pinky
nail is for cutting boxes or for drawing blood in a street fight.
Once had a customer call me out into the diningroom, I thought
he wanted to compliment me on the meal he and his guest had
just shared. He smiled and whispered to me "Look up at your
Picolli or Tapas station". Which was by the way exposed to the
dining room. There stood Carlos, our newest line cook. He was
in a starched uniform, checked pants, black shoes, clean apron,
and chefs hat. He was a good looking young fellow. There was
one problem, he had the pinky with the long fingernail jammed so
far up his nose, you'd have though he was touching brain. I mean
this kid was digging for gold. The color went out of my face, and
I stammered out a feeble apology as I dashed away from the table.
I ran through the door to the exposed kitchen and asked poor carlos
to take his hat off and walk through the dining room and out the front
door. To this day it still horrifies me and makes me laugh at the thought
of it. I don't know how many customers saw him, but, I thought the best
thing was for the whole dining room to see me quietly terminate him.
By the way, I have always had trouble making tortillas by hand with
gloves on. Boy the stories that pile up after 25 or 30 years in the kitchen.
I started at 12 and have worked in every kind of place, bar, etc. Seen so
many things that would curl your toes, make you gag, but keep you laughing
for hours. But, I do go on sometimes