When I was a waiter, I always, always made sure to handle glasses and such at the bottom third. The coworker may have been rude in the way he expressed the sentiment, but it’s one shared by a lot of people to at least some degree.
I worked at a restaurant that was adamant about handling all beverages that way. Holding over the top was called “spider” hands and if if happened too often, it was a write-up.
Not necessarily. I’ve been to a Reynolds Aluminum plant where cans are made, a separate plant where the tops are made and a Coke plant where the cans are filled and it’s all highly automated and they run at amazingly high speeds. The only cans that get touched by human hands are those that are pulled off the line for quality control testing. Not to mention that the lids and cans are washed by Coke before they’re filled and sealed. Even packaging up to the level of wrapped pallets is fully automated.
Nothing smaller than a case would be sold to a restaurant, so it’s entirely possible that the cans have never been touched by human hands until they get to the restaurant and the case is unwrapped. Not that it really matters.
When I used to work the beer warehouse (distributor) years ago, we’d stand on top of the beer cans for stacking, etc. Six-packs with exposed tops. And there were roaches and tobacco spit on the floor.
I’m gonna agree with ChickenLegs here. I’m in the industry. A lot of restaurants buy their cans of soda at wholesale clubs (Restaurant Depot, Sams etc). Those pallets get climbed on, crawled over, pushed around, touched etc. Not just there, but in the truck on the way back to the restaurant and in the backroom of the restaurant. If your friend is worried about it, he should wipe off the top before he opens it.
FYI, Coke products come in
fully wrapped 32 packs.. Pepsi products (Pepsi, Mt Dew, Sprite)… don’t.