This is warning 1 of 3 to be issued this week.
If my observations are any indication, the personal hygiene habits of one-third to one-half of male bar-goers in Beijing are deficient in the “washes hands after using toilet” category. This holds true whether these patrons have just finished shaking their tally whackers at a urinal or more prolonged business in a stall. It applies both to locals and expatriates.
And this brings me to the humble peanut. A bowl of these ranks among the most common and shared bar snacks in town. As anyone knows, grabbing a handful means a good bit of “digging around” in the bowl and thus much skin-to-peanut contact. The implications are obvious. So, next time you find a hair in your bowl, don’t blame the waiter – instead, look at the guy beside you.
Or just BYOP (Bring Your Own Peanuts).