I don’t think much about you until I see someone using you or I see/hear you mentioned in a book, movie or TV show. You see, I prefer soap and water to you.
There are chronic users of you, but honestly, you skeeve me out.
I’m no Adrian Monk or Emma Pillsbury; heck, I don’t even freak out when I spot a couple of dust bunnies on my bedroom floor. Not so much, anyway. I just think that you’re really gross when used incorrectly.
Does it make you happy the way people use you?
Does it make you insanely gleeful that after hours spent exchanging money – old, icky notes and copper coins that have been God-knows-where – and shaking people’s hands that have touched God-knows-what-else, someone will run to you as an automatic cleanser?
Does it please you that we think that by magically using you, we have been sanitized of all grimy bacteria?
I completely understand the use of hand sanitizer after hands have been swabbed with wet wipes. I completely understand the use of hand sanitizer after hands have been washed with soap and water. What I don’t understand at all is why someone would think that their hands are automatically purified after shaking hands with someone who ran their hand under a runny nose. You should make it clear that using you doesn’t make it okay for us to pick up a sandwich…I think I gagged a little just thinking about it, to be honest.
Wet wipes are not a novelty. If we don’t have access to water and soap, there are wet wipes. For God’s sake, they come in pocket sizes. Shouldn’t you at least tell people to use them first before smearing you all over their hands?
So, hand sanitizer, could you please stop giving the pretense that people are clean and germ-free just by using you?