EMERALD, NE – Employees at Nadia’s Taco Cabin at the I-80 Truck Stop Complex are reminded by a sign to wash their hands before opening the door with a frequently damp handle and returning to work in the kitchen or at the register, or both.
The handle, positioned on the inside of the door and subject to contact with thousands of people every week, is home to innumerable microorganisms who declined to be interviewed for this story.
Nadia Tate, proprietor of the Taco Cabin, has considered several options to address the complaints of customers who have reported on numerous occasions the health hazard posed by the handle.
One such option, putting a trash can by the door so that patrons of the restroom could use a paper towel to open the door, was rejected for promoting the use of more paper towels. Presently, employees spend a few minutes between making tacos to go in the restroom and pick up paper towels off the floor next to the door.
“I don’t know how they end up there,” said Tate.
The leading option, according to sources, is removing the bathroom doors so that people who don’t want to wash their hands at all can simply leave without touching a handle.
“But then we’d have to move the sign.”