.by Anura Guruge
First time ever that I have ever filed a complaint about food service.
But I could not let this go unreported. That would have been irresponsible.
I am sure that more egregious violations happen all the time.
Lets see what will transpire.
.by Anura Guruge
Happened at 4:30 pm today, Wednesday, August 7, 2013.
Yes, I made sure that everybody within earshot heard about it.
Yes, I called up McDonald’s Corporate, gave them my name and contact information, and filed a report.
Yes, I have e-mailed NH Health & Human Services (Food Protection) & Copied the Alton Health Inspector
Anything more you think I should do?
This was pretty amazing. Six hours later I am still in shock!
~4:30 pm today I stopped at the McDonald’s in Alton (by the rotary, 4 Homestead Place) to get the kids two dipped ice creams.
When I walked through the door there was nobody at the registers.
Two young girls, in red shirts, were together mopping the seating area with one of their big buckets on wheels and two mops.
As I approached the counter one of the girls involved in the mopping peeled away and appeared behind the counter to take my order. I didn’t think anything of that since she was not touching any food. Plus, they handle change, without gloves …
I ordered the two dipped cones and was paying when I saw the other girl put her mop in the bucket and walk over to behind the counter, take a cone, in a bare hand and start filling it up!
I immediately asked her: ‘did you wash your hands?’
She looked at me blankly, the half filled cone in her hand. She didn’t say anything.
Then the girl who took the order and three others in food prep all piped up: ‘no she didn’t wash her hands, she should have‘.
The girl taking my order reached over, took the cone from her hand and threw it away.
I asked for the manager. She happened to be seated right there, at a table, where the mopping was taking place.
She agreed that the employee should have washed her hands. That was it.
This is incredible.
Mop handle to handling a ice cream cone.
This is insane.
Yes, you never know what really happens with your food at any restaurant. Yes, I am sure many don’t wash their hands.
Well, over to you all …
. ..by Anura Guruge
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I have known Ed since the Summer of 2001 when I joined Laconia Rotary and he was the official scribe-in-chief. See my Ed & ‘University of ‘Whales’ story.
Ed is a good guy. I know that he always tries to do the right thing. So I am glad he is running for Laconia Mayor. I wish him the best of luck.
As he correctly states in the above piece there is a lot of homework he has to do. Not sure whether he will be a Matthew Lahey (1996 – 2003 as Mayor) but I think he will try.
Given the conflicts of interests we have suffered, of late, with ‘The Braysider‘ I will be curious to see how Ed handles the ‘presses’ in the coming months. Knowing Ed I am sure he will publish a few letters that promote his opponents, BUT it will be interesting to see where he draws the line. Not sure whether there is another press outlet for his opponents. But I guess Bloomberg with his publishing empire ran for NYC Mayor, so Ed is following in good footsteps, and like Bloomberg he too can use all of his resources to make sure that he is elected.
Well this should be fun. Best of luck Ed. I guess you will now be too busy to have lunch with us.
..by Anura Guruge
Given that my middle name is ‘Typo‘, I better than most appreciate the joys and pitfalls of typos, but I have to say that the ‘Laconia Daily Sun‘ puts me to shame on a regular basis. I had at one point considered setting up a blog just to keep track of the daily bloopers from the Sun — which is the only newspaper I read in ‘print form’ on a regular basis. But, I realized that I just wouldn’t have the time to do it justice. Often I am convinced that Ed Engler, the Editor, who is noted for his wit, does this on purpose — just to get a rise. You may recall he is the same one that published that I had attended the ‘University of WHALES‘ — shamelessly making fun of my blubber. This amused me. So I wanted to share. The whole Liquor Store story doesn’t make sense either, but that isn’t a case of Ed pulling our collective leg. I read the story on WMUR. A bit of a stretch even for NH.
I Take Umbrage To The Implication That ‘Alida Milham’ Of Gilford Looks Like ‘Ray Burton In Drag’! That Is Insulting To ALL.
…by Anura Guruge
It is no secret that we are ardent Democrats (though I was a staunch, to the ‘Right Of Margret Thatcher‘ conservative/republican until my ‘Road to Baghdad‘ epiphany in 2003). You only have to scroll through this blog or check my popes and papacy blog where I rail against the inane Catholic Bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin, who has stated that those that vote Democrat are going to hell!
We know Alida Milham. Her husband, Peter, has been our lawyer. He was a fellow member at Laconia Rotary. Alida and Peter attended our wedding.
I know Ray Burton. He knows me, but not by name. Irrespective of his orientation, or probably because of it, Ray is a LOVELY man. You cannot take that away from him. Period. For the last 15 years, whether it be Gilford Ol’ Home Day parade, Sandwich Fair or an exclusive ‘Rose Garden‘ tea party in Meredith (organized by the local GOP stalwarts), Ray will come and shake my hand — probably because I stand out, usually being the only non-white for miles. I like Ray. I like his Cadillac too (or is it an Oldsmobile).
So here is the offending post. I am NOT going to give it publicity by stating where it came from. Most of you from around here will figure it out.
Well I have already said ALL I have to say about
If Alida, Lisa and Ray are supposed to be wrong, I don’t want to be RIGHT!
…by Anura Guruge
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It worked out well for us. We got married, to the day, 6 weeks after meeting online. So we didn’t have much time. I was working for MacDurgin in Laconia and the ‘Inn’ was a customer. So I had got to know the owner, when I delivered stuff, help set up printers and quoted them for various computer systems for the Health Club.
The restaurant, at that time, and going back a few years, was quite good. They used to do a nice Sunday brunch. My son, Matthew, liked their brunch. We used to frequent the restaurant a fair amount. The Chef did us proud! All together it went well.
I kind of knew the then ‘recent’ history. A couple from MA had bought it, when he, a longtime UPS employee, did good when UPS went public in the mid-1990s. Then, they got divorced. She ended up with the place. Following 2001 things were tight and she wanted out. It was hard (for all). In addition to the wedding I organized a few other events at the ‘Inn’ around that time frame for Laconia Rotary and MacDurgin. I kind of got fed up getting ‘nickeled and dimed‘ after we had agreed on ‘terms’. Silly, crazy stuff, but I would get these frantic calls at night demanding ‘another $17’ when I had already agreed to pay $960 (and would have paid a round $1,000 in the first place, if I had been asked that to begin with)! It was a shame. Had a bit of that with the wedding (like getting charged for rooms he didn’t want or use), but I just paid up. I was glad that it was sold.
Since we liked the place we tried to go to the restaurant whenever we could and was hoping to establish a tradition of going there for our anniversary, each year, on January 1.
In the Summer of 2003, right before Bike Week, the chef left in a huff. I was very upset. He was a good guy. Good chef.
I know we went there on January 1, 2004. The restaurant changed hands so many times after that, that we just gave up.
We got invited to a pool party somewhere around 2005 – 2006. I was shocked at the mold and mildew in the changing rooms. I told Deanna that I wouldn’t be going back — and I haven’t. Deanna took the kids to another pool party during the last 18 months. I asked her about the mold and mildew. It was still there, though she said that it looked like they had tried to clean up.
Just now, before I started writing this I did a quick Google of the ‘Inn’. Saw reviews on ‘Trip Advisor‘. I do use them sometimes. So I looked them up. Cracked me up. There was a review from September 2012 talking about ‘mold and mildew’! That is a shame. The 2 couples, ‘brother-and-sister’ (or similar), with missionary backgrounds, that bought the place might have been over their heads. They had no hospitality background. So, it could be 3rd time lucky for the ‘Inn’. I would like to see the restaurant make a come back. So I am rooting for the ‘Inn’.