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Walmart cashiers wearing gloves?

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Hi everyone, just curious about others opinion. A few times when visiting walmart, cashiers were wearing gloves. I asked what was the reason for doing so, and they did not want to say. I'm sure its for "avoiding" illnesses but wearing gloves all day without handwashing won't help. I feel as if there's a greater chance of getting an airborne illness. How do you all feel about wearing gloves as a cashier? I somewhat find it annoying and offensive. I feel as if having hand sanitizer at each counter would suffice.

Sour Lemon

Has 12 years experience. 5,015 Posts

It's a little weird, but certainly nothing to be offended by. Maybe they have a giant cut on their hand and don't want your 5 gallon bucket of pickles leaking onto it? Who knows.

I'm very rarely inside of a Walmart.

donsterRN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in Cardiac Care. Has 10 years experience. 2,558 Posts

I'm wondering if maybe it's because they handle money all day. Cash, as you know, is very dirty. Are all the cashiers wearing gloves?

Misstika

37 Posts

The majority of the cashiers wear them. I think its supposed to be for infection control or something. I asked twice why was gloves being worn and they refused to answer.

Triddin

380 Posts

I am personally drawing a blank as to how wearing gloves would lead to an increase in airborne illness, and why wearing gloves in the first place is offensive.

JBudd, MSN

Specializes in Trauma, Teaching. Has 41 years experience. 1 Article; 3,836 Posts

How do you know they go all day? My hands sweat in gloves after a while, they are likely changing them more often than you think. I use the alcohol wipes very frequently every hour at work (triage, new patient every 3-5 minutes), and my skin & nails show the effect.

Misstika

37 Posts

I never said gloves cause airbourne illnesses. The cashiers are wearing the gloves most likely to avoid getting sick. There's a greater chance of catching an airbourne illness in a crowded walmart. So should the cashiers wear masks as well? I don't care, I said I'm somewhat offended because germs are everywhere. Not just money. They don't even wash their hands before putting them on. I was just curious of what others thought about it.

Sour Lemon

Has 12 years experience. 5,015 Posts

Misstika said:
I never said gloves cause airbourne illnesses. The cashiers are wearing the gloves most likely to avoid getting sick. There's a greater chance of catching an airbourne illness in a crowded walmart. So should the cashiers wear masks as well? I don't care, I said I'm somewhat offended because germs are everywhere. Not just money. They don't even wash their hands before putting them on. I was just curious of what others thought about it.

Your making an assumption, and you may be right ...who knows what they're thinking? I worked as a grocery store cashier once upon a time, and my first thought were all the leaking, seeping, sticky things that got all over my hands. Anything from blood, to dish washing liquid, to powdered sugar could end up on me. Yuck.

They might also have something that has to be covered up per their employer, like an obscene tattoo across their knuckles.

And even *if* they're worried about germs and misguided, so be it. Whether their gloves or their hands are touching my stuff, it's all the same to me.

I just can't make sense of being offended by it, no matter what the reason.

Misstika

37 Posts

I know its an assumption. They refuse to say why, as if its a top secret reason. I know for a fact its not to cover up tattoos. Its the best logical answer. I said somewhat offended. As a customer, I just don't think the gloves are necessary. It's not a big deal to me. Just curious about how others felt about it.

Misstika

37 Posts

Maybe all day is the wrong choice of words. They do not change them frequently. Have you shopped at walmart when its crowded? You can be waiting in line nearly 30 mins. They are not changing gloves often. What you stated is the main reason why I think its gross and unnecessary.

Sour Lemon

Has 12 years experience. 5,015 Posts

Misstika said:
Maybe all day is the wrong choice of words. They do not change them frequently. Have you shopped at walmart when its crowded? You can be waiting in line nearly 30 mins. They are not changing gloves often. What you stated is the main reason why I think its gross and unnecessary.

If you hit the quote button before you reply, the post you're replying to will be more clear.

Misstika

37 Posts

Sour Lemon said:
If you hit the quote button before you reply, the post you're replying to will be more clear.

Oh ....thanks