In a comment to yesterday’s entry, Beach Bum points us to a rather extraordinary photo.
A food truck with a “shirt and shoes required” sign.
I’m sorry, this just blew my mind.
First, here’s the link to the story of the food truck, featured as
“Best Pork on Wheels” in the Providence (RI) Phoenix.
Here’s the picture:
And here’s a close-up of the sign.
As Beach Bum points out, “So if you live in that neighborhood, and just got out of the pool on a hot day you can’t just walk up to the truck like that and get food? Amazing. Makes you wonder what warped thinking got them to put that sign on the outside of that truck.”
I thought I’d check things out a bit more.
Though I did find something interesting in that Food Code document. It says
Epidemiological outbreak data repeatedly identify five major risk factors related to employee behaviors and preparation practices in retail and food service establishments as contributing to foodborne illness:
• Improper holding temperatures,
• Inadequate cooking, such as undercooking raw shell eggs and ground beef
• Contaminated equipment,
• Food from unsafe sources, and
• Poor personal hygiene
The Food Code addresses controls for risk factors and further establishes 5 key public health interventions to protect consumer health. Specifically, these interventions are:
Demonstration of knowledge, employee health controls, controlling hands as a vehicle of contamination; time and temperature parameters for controlling pathogens, and the consumer advisory.
Hands. Hands, not feet (which of course we all allready knew).
Finally, I went to flickr. The “Dogs Mobile” is associated with a Providence restaurant called “Chez Pascal”, so I wondered if maybe the pig graphic had come off their wall, complete with the shoe sign. Nope, no similar sign at the restaurant.
However, I did find out that the “Dogs Mobile” is fairly recent. Here’s a picture of the truck on the day it first opened, July 4, 2009.
Notice anything? Or, I should say, not notice anything?
And finally, here’s a picture from about a year later.
Yes, it didn’t used to have the sign, and somebody thought it necessary to add it. What could they possibly have been thinking?
The mind boggles.