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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2020 10:37 p.m. PST

" When you enter a home in Moscow, you take off your shoes. When you go to a play, you have to check your coat. When you eat a burger, you often wear gloves.

Across hygiene-conscious Eastern Europe, many people consider it uncouth and unsanitary to eat a burger with their bare hands. The answer used to be a knife and fork. But the pandemic has accelerated a years-old trend: order a burger from Kyiv to Kamchatka or in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn and there is a fair chance it will come with a side of disposable gloves…"


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Choctaw02 Sep 2020 7:08 a.m. PST

Freaks. :)

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2020 8:37 a.m. PST

Having travelled in Eastern Europe and seen the state of kitchens – well, hospital kitchens – in the former Soviet Union this might not be a bad idea

Here it is just weird

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Sep 2020 8:47 a.m. PST

Of course, you're talking about governments that provide public hygiene regulation and advice to some areas that were building the first underground sewage systems during our parents' (and in some cases our) lifetimes and still have other areas with additional severe pollution concerns.

Salt isn't really bad for you. For some people who have certain conditions, reducing salt intake can improve their health. For the overwhelming majority of people who intake (and subsequently eliminate) more salt than their body needs, lowering salt intake is not harmful. So do we craft complex, targeted public health messages or do we say "Eat less salt." that helps some and harms virtually none.

Taking these extra hygiene precautions really doesn't harm anyone and can help some. The zeitgeist that "everyone does it" also helps where people need these precautions.

Me … I'd eat soup with my hands if I could afford the new clothes.

Stoppage02 Sep 2020 8:50 a.m. PST

Italians always eat their outside food with a napkin.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2020 10:54 a.m. PST

Well, eating with gloves is not going to hurt. However, if you measured all our various precautions and created a ratio of cost (monetary, convenience, comfort, aesthetics) to benefit, I don't think this would come up very high on the list.

SpuriousMilius02 Sep 2020 11:23 a.m. PST

I assume that the burger is stuffed in the palm of the glove & the fries fill out the fingers.

14Bore02 Sep 2020 12:35 p.m. PST

I assume nothing, that's weird lol

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2020 12:45 p.m. PST



Zephyr102 Sep 2020 2:21 p.m. PST

" many people consider it uncouth and unsanitary to eat a burger with their bare hands. The answer used to be a knife and fork. "

That's how the French eat them… ;-)

Fingerspitzengefuhl02 Sep 2020 2:45 p.m. PST

You wouldn't want to get Novichok on it……

ninthdoc02 Sep 2020 3:22 p.m. PST

It's still not as strange as the Kiwis putting pickled beats on their burgers. <vomits>

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Sep 2020 6:40 a.m. PST

if you measured all our various precautions and created a ratio of cost (monetary, convenience, comfort, aesthetics) to benefit

Depends on how you measure benefit.

"Everybody" doing things creates an economy of scale that helps people who need a precaution but couldn't afford it otherwise. Benefit is distributed.

Benefit is also transitive. People who couldn't afford something otherwise are likely in grunt jobs that provide benefit people who can afford something. The less the have-nots are capable of, the more it costs the haves to get them to do the work.

If you calculate total operational cost (which I advocate all the time) but compare it to individual benefit instead of total operational benefit, you get a skewed metrics.

Benefit is generally more complex and subjective than cost.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2020 11:55 a.m. PST

Good point!.


Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2020 7:01 p.m. PST

Seems rather a strange practice to me.

I have seen people eat burgers with the paper wrappers still around them, but that's usually on the ridiculously stuffed burgers with too many ingredients piled on them. The wrapper helps provide stability, so everything doesn't go squishing out the side.

Legion 405 Sep 2020 8:41 a.m. PST

Hamburgers with gloves ???!?

What next ?

Tacos ?

Pizza ?

Gyros ?


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