ELIZABETH CREA, Features Editor
For a student body that is so concerned with the rights of food service workers internationally, I am appalled at how often our own college food service staff is treated with disrespect. Why are Commons, DK’s, and Java Joint in a constant state of disarray, wasted food, and stickiness? The simple answer here is that students are to blame. In order to respect our dedicated staff and to make their jobs easier, simple measures can be taken.
The following tips may as well be posted in a Kindergarten classroom, but here is a quick list of the DOs and DON’Ts of food service etiquette, because even adults need reminders from time to time:
DO clean up after yourself. No one wants to sit in and/or clean up the mess you made.
DO realize that you are using a communal space. Treat your surroundings with respect; push in your chair, don’t write on furniture, and don’t make straw wrapper confetti for someone else to clean up.
DO NOT complain about the food in front of the staff that prepared it. If you don’t like it, don’t eat it. However…
DO NOT waste your food. It takes a lot of time and effort to prepare meals, from Pasta! Pasta! Pasta! entrees to your daily Beloit Bagel. In fact…
DO NOT waste anything! Napkins, utensils, cups, and the like. Do you know how much garbage leaves Pearsons and Commons on a daily basis?
Most important of all, DO thank the people who are serving you! Food service is hard work, and small compliments are always appreciated. A simple thank you goes a long way.