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The Bare Hands of El Balazo

Original post made by Abe, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2008

I went to El Balazo recently, the one in Pleasanton by Wal-Mart, and the server used his bare hands to scoop cheese and lettuce out of their containers. He never put on gloves, nor did I see gloves on any other employees behind the food counter. He used a ladle for the beans, I suppose because he didn't want to get his hands wet. What's the deal? I don't know Health Department rules, but this doesn't seem kosher.

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Posted by Wondering...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2008 at 6:48 am

Why would anyone patronize a food eatery that KNOWINGLY employed ILLEGALS? If one can't remember to get the proper paperwork to be in this country, how can you expect them to handle food legally and properly?

*doh*


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Posted by Eda
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2008 at 9:47 am

Theyr'e helping out people in need, or as you call them 'illegals'.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 21, 2008 at 11:36 am

Report the practice of handling food without gloves to the local Department of Public Health. They will contact the owner about guidelines so that the public is remains safe.

As for your reference to "illegals", I suggest that YOU contact your 2 elected CA senators and ask them about their specific plans to manage "illegals". They will inform you, if they ever get back to you, that they have NO specific plan to manage "illegals". In other words, your elected officials don't care! President Bush doesn't care, John McCain, Barack Obama, and the US Congress don't care about "illegals" in the US!

Wondering, consider posting the results of your findings. I am very interested in what YOU do about the food handling problem. It is a serious public health issue. Please also keep us posted after YOU contact Senator Boxer and Senator Feinstein. Gracias...

If you decide not to follow-up on making the proper contacts, are you just another unhappy camper?


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Posted by Mark
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2008 at 12:35 pm

And what's your role, telling other people how they should conduct themselves? You think strangers should report to you for your approval on the way they live? You are not a benefit to this forum.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Hi Abe...have you made your report to public health officials yet? Have you made contact with your 2 Senators, Feenbean & Boxit? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

Marta, I don't think that you want to tangle with me! But then again, if you do, "Bring It On". Are you the Devil Daddy? Tee hee hee, tee hee hee...

One more thing and don't you forget it, I have 2 mini doxies that I just might sic on you! HOORAY.

NOW, CONTACT THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT IF YOU DON'T WANNA GET PLASTERED ONLINE!!! AND, I DON'T MEAN MAYBE...TEE HEE HEE, TEE HEE HEE...

cuvo Marta!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 21, 2008 at 2:37 pm

I forgot to add, it's not kosher to not follow-up on your complaint; unless of course, you're just another "whiner" like Marta!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm

come on Marta...put up your dukes put up your dukes...tee hee hee, tee hee hee...


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Posted by Ben
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Put on your glasses, cholo, there's no Marta posting here.


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Posted by chris
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 21, 2008 at 4:46 pm

I often eat at that El Balazo and they are friendly and the food is fabulous and it is clean there.....People just trying to make a living.....


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 21, 2008 at 4:48 pm

I think that Mark feels trapped in a male body. In private he goes by Marta! Fess up! girl...


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Posted by Abe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2008 at 10:20 pm

I like the food at El Balazo, that's why I go there. I'd prefer if they'd try and make a living with gloves on, or tongs in their hands.


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Posted by Wondering...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 22, 2008 at 7:04 am

So Abe -- You don't care the food you eat is prepared -- gloved or not -- by people who are here working ILLEGALLY?


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 22, 2008 at 10:33 am

Hi Wondering...still a Nazi...huh? Is Edna the devil...666?

Anyway, go back to where you came from...Mr. Tidy Bowl, give it a flush and take Edna to!!! Tee hee hee, tee hee hee...

But wait...have you contacted your elected reps to learn what they plan to do about "illegals"...you must feel helpless knowing that there is nothing you can do to stop the flow of "illegals" to the US...


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Posted by Leslie
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 22, 2008 at 10:39 am

The concern originally of this post was that the servers were using bare hands. How did it get on to being illegal workers? Are the two connected? Serving with bare hands means you are an illegal worker? Stick to the subject! And Cholo shut the $%&* up! Your ramblings make you sound like a mad man, which you probably are, does that mean you're an illegal worker?!


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 22, 2008 at 10:55 am

Gloves in a restaurant? That sounds new. I don't recall ever seeing anyone wear gloves in a restaurant kitchen. I've seen gloves on deli workers...


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Posted by Karen
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 22, 2008 at 10:56 am

That's pretty gross. We had sandwiches at a popular chain downtown and I had asked for no seasoning. After the woman working put seasoning on it, I reminded her that I did not want seasoning. I was expecting that she would make a new sandwich or simply remove the meat and start over. No...what did she do?? She picked up my sandwich and BLEW the seasoning off with her mouth!! So disgusting! I can only imagine what else goes on there. We won't be back!


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 22, 2008 at 11:20 am

LOL! That's pretty gross! Did you ask for a new sandwich?


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Posted by Abe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 22, 2008 at 11:58 am

Stacey, Have you been to El Balazo? The set up is like a deli. The employees make the burrito in front of you, taking, with bare hands in this case, the food you ask for out of plastic containers.
I've been going to El Balazo for years, and never saw anyone use their bare hands before.
To the person who asked if I care if the employee is illegal, no, I don't care.
To Leslie, if you can get Cholo to shut up, I will donate 1,000 dollars to your favorite charity.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 22, 2008 at 12:04 pm

No, haven't been to El Balazo. I suppose the answer to the question of "are glove required?" can be found in the California Health Code. Web Link Part 7 probably.


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Posted by john
a resident of Donlon Elementary School
on Jul 22, 2008 at 12:37 pm

as long he wasn't handling the tomatoes,i think the guy will be ok
Now everyone, back to work


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 22, 2008 at 12:56 pm

113961. (a) Food employees shall minimize bare hand and arm contact
with nonprepackaged food that is in a ready-to-eat form.
(b) Food employees shall use utensils, including scoops, forks,
tongs, paper wrappers, gloves, or other implements, to assemble
ready-to-eat food or to place ready-to-eat food on tableware or in
other containers. However, food employees may assemble or place on
tableware or in other containers ready-to-eat food in an approved
food preparation area without using utensils if hands are cleaned in
accordance with Section 113953.3.
(c) Food that has been served to the consumer and then wrapped or
prepackaged at the direction of the consumer shall be handled only
with utensils. These utensils shall be properly sanitized before
reuse.


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Posted by Sensible
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 22, 2008 at 2:16 pm

There is not a chef in the world at the finest restaurants in the world that cooks with gloves on.

BTW, If you don't change the gloves for each and every customer you are likely passing germs anyway.

Pleasanton is becoming Bubble Boy with a clip board.


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Posted by Abe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm

He's not handling customers, Sensible, he's handling food. Therefore, he's not going to be 'passing customer' germs. The only germs would come from his own body, as in not washing hands after using the bathroom.
Chefs in the finest restaurants are not handling food. They're giving orders to the lackeys who are handling the food.
Stacey, thank you for the info. That's interesting.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 22, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Mind your manners LesPee & Abee. And, what do you about kosher? Abby & that CRANK EDNA started this whole mess, not me. Tell me, what do you know about kosher? Do you abserve a higher law, like in Kashrut? Fess up you piglet!

Has anybody ever been to the kitchen of a chinese restaurant and observed the cooks using plastic gloves? I've seen a few even scratching their heads while cooking. Now LesPee, go pick you nose...again.

I try my best to take the high road, you might want to give it try!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 22, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Abee...what is a "lackey". Sous chef's work hard. What's your problem?

Busted again...creep!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 22, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Abe...are you all about treif? How come you found it necessary to use the work kosher?


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Posted by 4 Insurance
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 22, 2008 at 4:37 pm

You are in good hands with El Balazo...


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 22, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Abe...I've concluded that you are NOT a Righteous Jew. A Righteous Jew would NEVER speak of others the way you do. But wait, are you shluchim?
NOT! Maybe you're the devil's messenger! Shluchim you will never be.
You are the devil!

And, if you are Jewish, you are all about treif!


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Posted by Jeb Bing
editor of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Jul 22, 2008 at 9:28 pm

Jeb Bing is a registered user.

This topic has run its course. Thanks for posting.


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

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