Post # 1
We have a friend that is an absolute slob at home. I mean hairs, garbage, old stinky food, stains from previous dinner not cleaned off walls/floors/counters, cigarette butts, dog poop, dirty clothes and anything else you can think of everywhere in and around their home regardless of having guests over. No, I’m not being bitchy it really is that bad, so bad in fact that my DH even commented when we left. It reminded me of a bachelor pad times a million! I am a neat freak but this was beyond me being overly anal, it was gross.
This friend is opening a catering company and are advertising all over FB and in the community. While this person is not cooking out of their home (against the law) but rather in a rented industrial kitchen the thought of how they keep their house bothers me greatly. I keep thinking if they can’t bother to clean up their home will they bother washing their hand properly? Cleaning the food and work stations throughly? Keeping the food at proper storage temperatures? In other words will eating their food make me sick?
My DH, though leary to try their food, said it could be okay. While he is less than diligent about picking up after himself at home at work he is meticulously clean and organized.
I am curious if someone was a slob at home does that mean they are a slob at work? Dop you know someone who is clean at home and a mess at work or vice versa? Would you eat food from a catering company when you knew their home was in such a state?
Post # 3
@Treejewel19: Oh gosh….I don’t know why, but this reminds me of back in college when we used to order thai food for delivery. One day we were driving around and found the restaurant and noticed that the place was just ridiculously dirty! This was our last year at college and we were pretty much mortified…
So yes, to answer your question, I’m not sure how I would feel about someone’s business if I knew that they were a slob at home. But hopefully work is different? 🙂
Post # 4
@Treejewel19: I have found that those who have messes at home usually have messes in their workplace. Obviously, there are exceptions, but that has been my experience.
For example, my old roommate works as a teacher, and her bedroom was always disgusting. You couldn’t see the floor b/c her stuff (as well as all sorts of garbage and papers) was everywhere and there was this gross smell whenever you opened the door to her room. She also had hoarder tendencies and would keep 20 or so half empty jars of peanut butter in the kitchen. It was no picnic living with her b/c I would try to make some of the jars “disappear” when she was out. She freaked out once when I tried to throw out a bunch of those bread bag wrap thingies that she collected so I knew I had to tread carefully . One day she came home from work visibly upset, so I asked her what was wrong. She said that the principal at her school was so annoyed by her “workspace” or wherever teachers store their stuff that the principal took it upon herself to clean up and throw away my roommate’s junk. If it gets to a point where your superior is cleaning up for you, then it must be PRETTY BAD.
I am morbidly fascinated by Hoarders, and I remember one episode (I forget the person’s name) where the hoarder worked as a BEAUTICIAN yet her house = utter filth and had to be demolished. We’re talking adult diapers strewn all over the place. I remember being like, “I would NOT want that person touching me!”
One final thought, I am not the cleanest or most organized person in the world, BUT I am OCD when it comes to clean dishes. I have gone to friends’ places where I was grossed out to eat their food/drink their beverages b/c their kitchen was so dirty. So yes, if I saw your friend’s living quarters, I would not be ordering their catering services. 🙁
Post # 5
@pengoala: Ugh, I hate when that happens. My first thought is…how did I not get sick!?!?
@MrsNewDay: I don’t know how you lived with a person like that, I would have a very hard time. I am glad that people agree with me about eating her food. I tried to keep an open mind but all I can see is her bathroom and it just grosses me out!
Post # 6
I’m definitely a lot messier at work than at home — papers and notebooks all strewn about on my desk, etc … but there’s a big difference between “messy” and “dirty.” I can imagine caring less about how messy the place you don’t have to live is (like me), but I still don’t let my desk get DIRTY or anything. I mean, I do still spend hours a day here. I don’t need to turn it into a bacteria farm.
So, since your friend’s house is actually DIRTY and she clearly has a very high tolerance for disgustingness, I would be pretty concerned about eating her food!
Post # 7
I can’t for the life of me keep my classroom (work) clean. I swear I spend time all day and after school trying to keep up but there is constantly piles of paper, pencils and pens everywhere, etc. Not dirty, but messy. It drives me nuts but there isn’t anything I can do most days.
At home I could NEVER live like that and have a very organized and put together house at all times. Actually I am very OCD about it.
Post # 8
@Treejewel19: I am messy at home and my desk at work is messy too. I do try to keep my desk clean, it’s just cluttered (though that is my usual philosophy at home, too– it’s just gets away from me more easily because it’s not just a desk, it’s an entire house!). Obviously, though, if these people are renting an industrial kitchen, they will have to keep it cleaner or the owner of the place will likely not allow them to use it, and the health inspector would get after them.
Post # 9
@Treejewel19: Yeah, I’d think he’d not have the best food safety practices if his home is a pit!