Coffee Cup Filth

I was doing a round, picking up the glassware and ceramics that had been scraped down with a spoon to get every inch of the coffee I had made out. In the corner of the shop stood a lone empty, I went to pick it up and take it to be washed.

The spoon was delicately placed next to the discarded dish, but sitting next to the cup was a dirty half-eaten chicken bone.

I jumped back, overwhelmed with disgust yet somewhat curious about the wing and bean combination. Shaking my head back to the sanitizer I wanted to throw it in the trash, as if the bone had tainted the plate because some customer was too lazy to walk to the bin.

Coffee cup filth is a usual occurrence. Mostly its apple cores, wasabi, soy, and chewed gum, the chicken bones come in twice a week and they are the worst of all.

I have, however, gotten used to the cigarette butts. It’s such a regular find you’d think we were a tobacco dispensary.

I like to think of a café as a third home. After your actual abode and the office, getting a coffee is something most people do every day, usually at the same place. But that does not make me your mother and it certainly doesn’t mean you can leave crap all over the place thinking I’m going to come along to gladly demonstrate how to use the trash.

I’m lucky enough to have a workforce in place that supports my cleaning duties. The blue shirted men and women that work hard at La Trobe to ensure a clean environment do offer the alternative to walking towards a smelly bin.

Although it’s pretty sad that many of us weren’t taught that bits of paper and uneaten lunches go into one of the hundreds of trash cans situated throughout the uni.

Without me and the fleet of disposal experts, La Trobe would be a pretty dirty place. Yes, it’s my job to clean the cups, but c’mon now we don’t even serve chicken wings or apples for that matter, be a little responsible and discard your manky food scraps. Also, apply elsewhere, a little spit shine on the world is always welcome.

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