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McDonald’s Alton (NH): Employees Not Washing Hands, Mopping Floor Then Dispensing Ice Cream Cones!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

Happened at 4:30 pm today, Wednesday, August 7, 2013.

Yes, I summoned the Manager — who happened to be seated at one of the tables!

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?

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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 …

Ed Engler, Editor of ‘Laconia Daily Sun’ Running For Laconia (NH) Mayor.


Ed from our wedding on January 1, 2003.

. ..by Anura Guruge

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Click to access June 14, 2013 'Daily Sun' with this article.

Click to access June 14, 2013 ‘Daily Sun’ with this article.

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.

Today’s Laconia Daily Sun Decides That We Are In ‘N.N.’ (Possibly Because The State Voted Obama).

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


..by Anura Guruge

Today, December 6, 2012, in the 'Laconia Daily Sun'.

Today, December 6, 2012, in the ‘Laconia Daily Sun’.

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.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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.

Click to ENLARGE … so you can read it. This is WRONG! No need for this kind of base behavior. These two, irrespective of political persuasion, lifestyle choice and looks, are outstanding HUMAN BEINGS.

Alida Milham from 2003 and I think she looks great, as does Peter, the always debonair attorney.

Well I have already said ALL I have to say about
Lisa DeMartino.

If Alida, Lisa and Ray are supposed to be wrong, I don’t want to be RIGHT!

Gunstock Inn, Gilford, NH — Sold Again. Second Time In The Last 10 Years.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

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Our wedding, with “Anu’s Piper”.

We used to have a kind of emotional attachment to ‘the Inn’ given that we got married there on January 1, 2003.

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’.

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New Hampshire Stories: Laconia Rotary Club and Arthur C. Clarke Being American.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

  by Anura Guruge

Arthur C. Clarke in Sri Lanka with the famed Sigiriya rock fortress with its fabled images of topless beauties behind him.

What Arthur C. Clarke is MOST famous for though this was BUT just a small part of his huge legacy … Click image to read about Arthur in Wikipedia.

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for more about my induction to the Laconia Rotary Club ….

So per President Kinney’s instructions I did my two presentations to the club about my life, the first devoted to my early days.

A few weeks later, per the club edict that you really must mingle, I sat at the informally designated ‘head table’ for what was always an outstanding buffet lunch. The professional dignitaries invariably gravitated to this table.

On of those at the table was a recently retired surgeon from Laconia. Big guy in every sense of the word, but very nice. He had just recently been the President of some prestigious board of NE surgeons (possibly doctors). His brother was a dentist (in Laconia) and a member of the club. They always sat at the same table. The dentist was a chair-smoker. Whenever I saw him I would have these images of him, in the 70s (when I assumed there were no laws against where you smoked), leaning over his patients with a cigarette dangling from his lips.

I am seated diagonally from the surgeon; his brother seated next to him.

The surgeon puts down his cutlery, looks up at me and says: ‘So Anu, who is the MOST famous American author living in Ceylon … Sri Lanka?

I am stumped. I don’t know. I THOUGHT that maybe he was getting Arthur C. Clarke confused, but dared not mention that name.

I had, in my 1st presentation mentioned Arthur C. Clarke. Pointed out that he had moved to Ceylon in the late 1940s for the sunken shipwrecks that he dove (and for some other local ‘attractions’). Mentioned that my father knew him and that the very first telescope that I had seen (and used) belonged to Arthur C. Clarke. It was a brass telescope and Arthur had lent it to my father for a couple of nights. My father managed to find Saturn with it. Was I impressed and hooked. Wow. Yes, I could see the rings. I am sure Arthur gave my father directions as to where to point as my father, though an expert in many fields, is not an expert when it comes to the night sky. So I had covered Arthur in my presentation. So you can blame Arthur for my abiding interest in astronomy.

So, I am hesitating.

The surgeon by now is visibly getting excited. He goes: ‘Hhhhmmm. I thought you would KNOW. It is Arthur C. Clarke‘.

I am shocked. I am amazed. But, I have a knack of always hedging my bets …

So, I say: ‘You know, I am fairly sure Clarke is BRITISH‘.

This is a TRUE story with no embellishments whatsoever. But, can we PLEASE have a drum roll here …

He turns a bit pink and splutters:
Ha … He writes DAMN WELL for not being American’!


That to me will always be how I remember Laconia Rotary.

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