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Cold and Flu Season

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

So here’s a question: if someone is coughing up a lung all over public materials without even covering their mouth, is it bad customer service to offer them a cold and flu mask?

I work at a library and I watched this guy hacking all over the public newspapers. If anything, he held the paper CLOSER to his face, rather than covering his mouth! We have sanitation stations throughout my library, with tissues and hand sanitizers and these medical masks. I’d really love to have handed him a mask, but I didn’t want to start something.

Here’s my thought: even if he’s not sick and he just has “smoker’s lung” or some allergy mucus going on, he could be a carrier. We carry all sorts of germs and viruses that never infect us. And with all the children around (not to mention staff that don’t have the ability to relocate themselves) I just feel like it’s a “better safe than sorry” kind of situation. But is it rude?
Would you be offended if someone handed you a cold and flu mask in a public place? Is it the same as being given a tissue when you sniffle, or is it a little extreme? To be honest, I think I’d be offended. Or at least horribly embarrassed! Then again, I’m a little embarrassed to wear the masks to begin with. Perhaps that’s something I need to get over.

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    Ha, I'd probably have the urge to smack someone if that happened to me... but then I try really hard to not cough/sneeze on public things anyways...

    probably best not to ;) although I can't blame you for wanting to, I would too.
    1878 days ago
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