This morning I missed my U-bahn once again for 10 seconds, literally watching my train running across my finger tips. The 10 seconds delay in my station easily snowballed into a 20 mins of delay to arrive in the office. As soon as my belated connection arrived at the destination, I jumped out of it and dashed through the security check and then jumped again into the elevator directly to the top floor cafeteria for some food and drinks before another busy workday began. Arriving in the cafeteria in a hurry, I immediately rushed in front of the fridge and pulled out a can of soda swiftly to fulfill my thirst (those darn soft drink commercials are too darn good to resist). I took out some coins to pay for the drink, and went straight towards the elevator trying to get back to my office. Suddenly the staff started to stop me and asked in a rising tone: “Sir, do you need a straw or a cup for the drink?”
“No, not necessarily. I always drink it like this.” I was not really attending to his concern at all.
“I would really advise you to take a straw or cup, it’s really dirty to drink from the can directly.” The staff insisted on his opinion and stopped his work to walk towards me, “I really don’t think it’s good for you to drink in that way.”
“Why?” I was nearly shocked towards his serious and sincere approach. Had to stop and listen to what he got that makes him so strongly opinionated on drinking the can directly, a petty trivia I wouldn’t even bother paying attention to at all (I am not a neat freak like this guy, nor as dirty cheap as a hippie either).
“I am concerned with your health sir, I have seen how they stored those tin cans in the storage. It’s so dusty and filthy. One time I was picking up some goods in a storage warehouse, I saw they were spraying some sort of mists on the cans seemingly to preserve the cans from fungus and bugs!” He was getting more serious and started to get everyone’s attention in the room, “God knows what it was in that spray, and we would never rinse or wash those cans before we sell them…”
Enough said. I immediately took one of those cups and thanked him for his honesty and friendly advice.
This is something that I have never heard of before. I went back to my office and simply did a rough check on the internet to see if there is any information available on such issues. To my disappointment, I couldn’t really find any other sources to confirm the consistency and generality of what this kindhearted staff talked about (maybe the internet research was too preliminary due to time constraint). But it makes no sense for him to joke about such issues to a random customer anywhere. Does the warehouse really put some soft of chemical spray on those cans for storage? That image immediately creeps me out. At the same thing I couldn’t get fully convinced either as I couldn’t find any other information about it except from the mouth of this staff.
Whatever that spray is, I don’t want to drink directly from the soda can again, however convenient it is. I’d rather take more germs than those synthetic chemical pesticides… Just curious on probing this issue further, I would like to ask how much you are aware of such claims?