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Washing Dishes - Wasting Water And Soap --- Identify Idiots To Save Future Energy and Grief  RSS feed

 
Dale Hodgins
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Watching a clueless person wash dishes by hand can be both maddening and entertaining. It can also save you from future grief and expense. --- -What is he... -No,not like.. -You're not icing a cake... How much soap are you gonna... -What the f-ck -Where are you going -------------- I've seen all. I've seen it done quickly and efficiently and I've seen the hot water running full blast while they run off on some tangent.

I've also watched a relative, dutifully rinse dishes, run them through a totally worn out dish washer and then wash off all the rotten last month's sediment, deposited by a machine that has evolved into a masticator/regurgitator with plugged jets. But this story isn't about electric dishwashers, it's about idiots, so the sink is our laboratory.

If you're taking on a new tenant or hiring a new employee, let them wash a few dishes. It's a quick and dirty IQ test. I have seen soapy dishes returned to the cupboard, a glass that contained only water, sterilized beyond reason and even cracked and broken dishes produced by a guy who couldn't figure out what he was doing wrong. Another guy went through a quarter jug of Palmolive in one go. He wielded that squirter like he was icing a cake. Each dish got individual attention and then it took a gallon of water to rinse off a ton of soap. The person who can't figure out something that looks like common sense, while doing dishes, will surely cost you much more in other areas.

- This is the guy who is going to run a diesel engine out of fuel, spill fuel on your soil or drive his truck onto the lawn after a heavy rain.

- This is the guy who will leave the lights on, leave the gate open, or continue washing his truck until the well runs dry.

- He's the one who will crank the heat, but not bother to close doors and windows.

- He'll leave the fridge slightly open, when he squishes your bread hard against it. He'll stand there like a dummy, looking into the freezer for 5 minutes, never noticing that his feet are getting cold.

He will drive you nucking futs. And, he'll waste vast amounts of your energy.

This guy is to be avoided. Don't hire him and don't let him move in. You will live to regret it.

Luckily, these guys are relatively easy to identify. It's going to cost you some soap and a load of hot water. A small price to pay for such important information.


That wet area between the fridge and stove is more useful than any resume' that I've ever seen.
 
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Hilarious. And true. But remember just because someone knows to wash dishes doesn't necessarily mean they won't run an engine dry (or put gas in a diesel). It has been my experience that many people develop enthusiasm before common sense. So should we clue the idiots in on some technique? Enlighten the ill washed masses?

My dish washing involves adding a large metal mixing bowl in the mix along side the sink. That's actually pretty much the extent of it actually. One pot of hot water goes a long way.
 
John Polk
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I knew a gal that went through a 6-pack of paper towels per week.
She'd get 3-4 drops of (clean) water on the counter - wipe it with a fresh towel - then trash it.
Dry a teaspoon - trash it.
Polish a drinking glass - trash it.

Sad thing is: she was a "tree-hugger"; cursed people who drove 4WDs, or bought newspapers.


 
Dale Hodgins
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The craziest paper wasters are often found in public places. If someone spills their coffee at a restaurant, the employees will quickly show up with a mop and pail. Usually, before they get there, some helpful idiot removes a 4 inch thick mountain of napkins from a dispenser and spreads it thinly over the mess. When the clean up person arrives, they can't go about mopping since that would create a mess of paper pulp. Now, they have to get down on their knees and clean up all of the wasted napkins before they start.

I was recently at a coffee shop where this was about to occur. The girl behind the counter yelled "stop, I'll get it". The napkin waster was obviously upset at having the voice of reason interfere with his efforts.
 
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Dale Hodgins wrote:If someone spills their coffee at a restaurant, the employees will quickly show up with a mop and pail. Usually, before they get there, some helpful idiot removes a 4 inch thick mountain of napkins from a dispenser and spreads it thinly over the mess. When the clean up person arrives, they can't go about mopping since that would create a mess of paper pulp. Now, they have to get down on their knees and clean up all of the wasted napkins before they start.


One legitimate reason to do this is when the spill is on a table top and it's going to run off into someone's lap or through their dining area before the staff arrives. On the floor, it can serve to visually identify a spill that the staff has ignored or is not responding to, so that nobody steps into the mess and slips. But usually, yeah, it's just inconsiderate stupidity in action.
 
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