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NCBI ROFL: An informal look at use of bakery department tongs and tissues.

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It's Trinkaus week on NCBI ROFL! All this week, we'll be featuring articles by John Trinkaus, whose work gives us "an informal look" at many aspects of everyday life. Enjoy!"Of 108 people observed extracting for purchase rolls or pastries from displayed bulk stock in food supermarket bakery departments, about 90% used their hands for item selection and withdrawal rather than the store provided tongs. In stores where tissues were provided instead of tongs, approximately 60% of the 133 people who were observed used their hands." |||||Bonus from the full text:

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