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Why don’t peo­ple clear up af­ter them­selves at food courts?

7 Days in Dubai - - PUZZLES -

“Do you clean up af­ter your­self in all restau­rants? Agreed it’s un­fair to make more of a mess than you would in your own home, but let’s agree that peo­ple eat out pre­cisely be­cause they don’t want the has­sle of cook­ing or clean­ing.”

MATT

“Matt, a food court is not the same as a restau­rant. In a restau­rant you are given your food at the ta­ble, in a food court you are ex­pected to take your food from the counter and are in turn ex­pected to clear out the ta­ble that you sit at. Its as sim­ple as that. If you don’t want to wipe the ta­ble clean then that’s fine, that’s what those cleaner guys are there for, but the least you can do is to dump ev­ery­thing on the tray and clear it off the ta­ble.”

FOOD COURT IS­SUES...?

“Its the men­tal­ity of peo­ple in Dubai i.e some­one gets paid to do ev­ery­thing for them. I feel that the clean­ers’ job is to wipe the ta­bles or clean up a mess from the floor. The con­cept of serv­ing the food on trays is de­signed so that it’s easy to pick up your tray and empty it in one of the many bins. Even the bins are de­signed to make it easy to just tilt your tray into it. You wouldn’t leave your trash in a park (where there are clean­ers), so just be­cause a food court has a roof, doesn’t mean its not a com­mu­nal area. Thats just my opin­ion and how I was raised. “

HENRY STEENKAMP

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