We were at a very nice restaurant the other day, and the waiter passed not only the menus but the bread using nothing but tongs. He even filled our water glasses using his tongs to grip the pitcher. It was so bizarre I had to ask about it. He smiled, clicked his tongs once, and proudly claimed that the restaurant was so clean that none of the staff touched anything with their hands.
After ordering and later watching him clear our table, again using nothing but tongs, I broke down and asked him the question that’d been on my mind all night.
“If, as you say, you don’t touch anything with your hands, then how do you go to the bathroom?”
He smiled and clicked his tongs a few times and said “I don’t know about the other waiters, but I use these.”