If you haven’t heard the usual adages about how similar Sodexo’s offerings in Englar Dining Hall are to prison food (we’re just one tier away…), hopefully my experience should give the word on the street some validity.
I found a maggot in my salad from the salad bar on Monday, September 17th. That’s right, a worm. Well, not really a maggot. Those things fester and are pretty tiny. I suppose I mean a grub, but that would probably invite some kind of macabre irony about me eating some grub in Glar. No. I made sure to rush that bowl over to the manager on duty who whisked it away with all the grace of a manatee before returning with the blanket statement that the food is so “fresh” that sometimes the workers cannot control for foreign objects.
To her statement I angrily responded that those behind-the-scenes workers probably handle all the salad bar components with their hands (gloved or not) considering spinach leaves and the like do not simply grow out of the ground into those white rectangular containers. Clearly someone should be looking for these vomit inducers, considering restaurants nationwide have been shut down for similar offenses.
And as a sickened friend of mine with who I was eating brought her unfortunately uneaten meal to the washing station, she overheard the employees talking about how they found ‘another one of those worms.’ I guess this kind of party pooper is not as rare and noteworthy as it sounds.
Now here’s the real problem. There are certain workers in Glar that entertain the hell out of me, in both good and bad ways, and Rita Webster has been most helpful getting food on the bar for this vegetarian athlete; however, Sodexo really needs to get a handle on their employees to ensure that creatures do not hang out between the folds of your pasta, the leaves of your lettuce, or the slices of cheese in your sandwich. Thank you.
Editor’s Note: Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs Beth Gerl has released a statement with regards to this letter to to the editor.
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