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moonfall86
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Here's the article

Apparently, there's going to be a possible ban on facial jewelry (nose, tongue, etc. rings) for restaurant workers serving food in Wyoming after several complaints of nose and tongue rings being found in people's food. The article itself does say that the reports are unconfirmed and come from the restaurants themselves, not the customers. Does anybody else think this is another urban legend on the loose? I find it hard to believe a nose or tongue ring would just fall out in somebody's food.

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Kathy B
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For work, I once did a tour of a number of canneries, places that do prepackaged salads, and the like. In each, we were asked to remove all earrings before visiting the floor (no one had facial jewelry.) Each place also told us that employees were not allowed to wear earrings and, even with hair nets, things like hair clips were forbidden, In the salad place, all packages of greens went through metal detectors before leaving the packing floor.

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This is exactly why I used to take my nose ring out before I blew my nose in someone's hamburger bun; nose rings are expensive! [Razz]

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ranran yousei
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The number of times my earrings have fallen out: countless.

The number of times my nose ring has fallen out: never.

I know that they can, and for some people, wearing the tiny studs is not a wise option, since they lose them constantly (and I so hope they fall out, not in [Eek!] ), but it's not something I hear a lot of happening, just the occasional person. Most people I know with piercings, know where all studs and hoops are, and haven't ever lost any. Those that I've known that lose them on a more constant basis have recently switched from a large guage stud/ring to a small guage, and the hole hasn't shrunk down enough to keep the smaller guage in place.

One thing I can say about having a nose ring for over eight years now is, it's not like changing an earring. During my short lived servitude at a department store, I was required to remove the ring (very slender, small guage silver wire hoop I had made), so as to not upset the customers. (As if a pronounced hole in my nose wouldn't.) After trying a few times to put the hoop in after work, I gave up. It hurt like hell. I eventually bought a pair of small stud earrings (no nose rings available in my town at that time), but even those hurt - even without the backing - and had a habit of being knocked out of my nose in my sleep. (Yes, I said I never had a nose ring fall out, and that's true. This was an earring in my nose, not something designed ultra small for the nose. So it stuck out too far and would catch my hand in my sleep.)

Eventually, I got a set of nose studs. Tiny tiny little silver bars with a ball at both ends. So tiny, but Holy Crybaby Batman, the tiny ball at the end was sheer agony to try and get into the nose. I painted one end with a flesh coloured nail polish, and left the stud in at all times.

After all of this, I can, most times, change my stud (yes, I still wear my "perma-pimple" nose stud for work - actually I have three, and rotate them around, keeping things clean), with minimal pain. Some days, I can effortlessly switch to a jeweled stud for going out, other days, I have to redo any make up because of the tears that ran from my eyes. Whether it hurts or just is an intense sensation, changing the nose ring has far more nerve endings being accosted than slipping in a pair of earrings.


My point? Asking people to remove facial piercings, while seemingly reasonable for some instances, is a more intense and more involved request than asking them to remove earrings.


I know that they can fall out, heck I've known people that swear they have accidently swallowed tongue rings on occasion (eew), but for most piercings, a band-aid would suffice for keeping it in place (obviously not tongue rings) if it is such a concern. I've never heard anyone say "Nobody move! I've lost my tongue ring, and need to find it!" When those fall out, the wearer usually is aware of it (usually because they have a habit of "playing" constantly with it, which contributes to loosening it), and where it fell... if it even fell. In all likelihood, it's still in their mouth, just in two pieces. Contact lenses on the other hand.....


Generally speaking, studs and rings for body and facial piercings have safe guards to keep them in place. More often than not, there's a ball (or other shape) at one end that screws on. They are designed to stay in place, unlike many earrings, which just slide right into the hole via a hook with no backing.


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This is why I don't wear jewelery. Who'd want mine in their food? (sick)

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Why make an effort to ban workers of wearing their jewelry? It should be a requirement already anyhow under a company regulation. Demand them to take it off and that's it!

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quote:
Originally posted by ranran yousei:
My point? Asking people to remove facial piercings, while seemingly reasonable for some instances, is a more intense and more involved request than asking them to remove earrings.

I would say that's the choice you made though. You must have realized when getting the nose ring that it would not be acceptable in some situations.

I have no problem with nose rings, I think they're pretty. But in the food industry, jewelry is typically not acceptable.

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ranran yousei
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quote:
Originally posted by nerdymcnerd:
I would say that's the choice you made though. You must have realized when getting the nose ring that it would not be acceptable in some situations.

I have no problem with nose rings, I think they're pretty. But in the food industry, jewelry is typically not acceptable.

Being that I waited and waited until I was 24, debating the consequences, yes, I was aware. However, at age 25, I was a waitress in a deli, no request to remove the nose ring (and it was a hoop, not a stud), no request to take out earrings, no request to remove my wedding ring, no request to remove my necklace or bracelet. Out of all the jewelery I wore, the nose ring was least likely to suddenly pop off. Rings are known to get lost in food prep (see any variety of anecdotal sitcoms about lost wedding rings in a cake) - although gloves prevent this from being a problem, necklaces and bracelets are notorious for breaking at inopportune times or having faulty clasps, earrings suddenly make a break for it when you finally think you're on good terms. The hoop, you would have to literally pry open to get it to come off.

The awareness that I had when I got my nose ring was along the lines of "not everyone likes these, jobs might be limited", not that it's considered a health hazard. My current awareness, having had the Health Dept. inspectors on site during random inspections is that such things are not considered health hazards. As long as hair was up, shoes were appropriate, hands were washed, and gloves were on, we were good to go.

The only time I've ever been told to remove it, was soley due to fears customers wouldn't like it, there was no food involved. Although, when asked about the hole, or the "perma-pimple", around 90-95% percent of customers I'd explain things to, found it utterly ridiculous to have to cover it up.

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Dumb question: Why have it and then paint over it so it's not noticeable and leave it that way on a permanent basis?

I'm not being snarky, just curious.

Lara

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ranran yousei
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quote:
Originally posted by Lara:
Dumb question: Why have it and then paint over it so it's not noticeable and leave it that way on a permanent basis?

It's not as a permanent basis. The job I currently have doesn't require me to have it hidden, but it has been requested. I've agreed since the small segmant of more conservative customers tend to raise an eyebrow. It makes my time at work go smoother, even if negative reactions are on the rare side, the times they do occur, they interrupt the pace at which I need to be at. So, here, it's not demanded of me, it's my choice.

And again, despite calling it a "perma-pimple", it's not there forever, I just call it that since everyday at work, I have this "pimple" looking thing in the same spot. When we go out, when we're at someone's for dinner, when I take a friend who can't drive out shopping, I can switch it to something sparkly.

For me, I've wanted a nose ring ever since I first saw one at the age of 7 or 8. I waited until well past when I could walk into a piercing place on my own (by six years). It was a very conscious decision, it was not spontaneous, it was not because it was a "cool" trend and "everyone's doing it", and I'll be damned if I let it close up because of a job. I struggled with having it when I worked at the department store. It nearly did close up, because of the hassle of trying to put something in it every night - and the day I decided to save it from complete closure, the pain was so immense, it was like getting it pierced the first time, only not as fast.

Having a small painted ball in it, disguising it, is a far better solution for me. If I really wanted to, I could slip in a jeweled stud or my hoop, but for now, simplicity is easiest, and the less I change it, the less pain I have (again, it does hurt to some degree to change it).

As much as I enjoy my job (enough to have this be my third time working here), it's just a job, and only something I'll have until I can move on finally (huge long long story). I plan on having this piercing my whole life, so if it means (whether demanded or suggested) hiding it until I can get to where I'm aiming for in life, then so be it.

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Personally, as someone with 20 body piercings, I find it quite difficult to believe that whoever lost their jewelry didn't notice in time to get it out of the food before it was served.

I wear a tiny 16g nose screw in each of my nostrils, and believe me, it's pretty hard to miss them falling out. Even a stud would be very difficult to lose, and even more difficult a captive bead ring.

Puh-lease. [Roll Eyes]

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I worked at a lesser-known sub making restaurant and they had no problem with any of my adornments. The only thing we weren't allowed to wear was nailpolish (???).
However, when I was hired at Subway, they demanded that I remove all my piercings except one in each lobe. I didn't take the job, obviously.

And by the way, for god sakes, people, it's not a tongue "ring" if it's a straight barbell!

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ranran yousei
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My nose ring is smaller than 16 guage, and as I was trying to point out, it never falls out. I have to agree though, it would be rather hard to miss something like a nose ring or eyebrow stud 'falling' out.

They are not like earrings. I might not notice if an earring decided it was time to jump to it's death, but I would definately know if my nose ring was ripped from it's hole. Literally. In order to come out, some amount of force must be applied, they don't just fall out. Those people out there with pierced ears, imagine a time when an earring was torn from your ear (not just fell). It hurt, huh? Now, add more nerve endings, and maybe you can get a close concept.


Technically, you are correct, it's not a ring if it's a bar or any other nonhoop. However, people refer to such adornmants as rings out of simplicity. Belly button rings, nose rings, earrings. Yes, earrings has been a munchkin of my own for most of my life, since a vast number of earrings aren't rings at all.

Point is, it's a term not meaning specifically a ring or hoop, but an item of jewelery in a piercing, in this instance.

I stopped long ago letting that really bother me. Seriously, who cares? What does bother me is when people call other peircings "earrings".

Why do you have an earring in your nose?

My, that's a lovely earring in your belly button.

I've never seen an earring in someone's lip before.

However, I give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they aren't being passive aggressive and trying to tell me only ears should be pierced. I assume that they just don't know what else to call them. Some people make me wonder though.


ranran "do you know you have an earring in your nose?" yousei

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