Longford's Mattie Fox: Shoppers deserve better

Mattie Fox


Mattie Fox



Mattie Fox

Longford Leader columnist, Mattie Fox

Anyone visiting the male toilets in Dunnes Stores on Wednesday last, February 7, around noon, was greeted by the awful smell of stale urine.

As Jack Nicholson once said wryly “is there any other kind”?”

There’s nothing that contrives to make a person recoil more than the heady, strong stench of urine.

It’s really not acceptable, in this day and age.

Not in public toilets.

Not in a food store.

Never should have been perhaps, but nowadays we are well prepared to counteract the incidence of such a horrible awful smell.

Indeed only a few metres away were all makes, models, and latest development of cleaners, sprays, creams, and kitchen accessories that have been designed for that very job.

Further down the store foodstuffs were on display proudly.

Dunnes Stores in Longford is an extremely profitable organisation, and runs its affairs with a keen eye on what’s happening in the store.

Rightly so.

They still persist however, without any express checkout, to which I’ve drawn attention a few times, but if enough people don’t start complaining I’m not going to bother either.

This time I’m addressing another aspect of Dunnes preoccupation with profit, comparing that to the attention given to the comfort of those shopping in the store.

The toilets must be inspected at regular intervals throughout the day.

Of course this requires staff to carry out the inspection.

I have no idea if the manager is a male or female, as managers change all the time, but it matters not in any case. The same rules apply, and a manager is a manager, with the same overall responsibility.

One of the major responsibilities of any manager worth their employment is to be meticulous about hygiene, in a store that purveys food.

There’s no excuse for less than the best possible.

I’ve stopped shopping in Dunnes because of the lack of express checkout, and was in for something else on this occasion.

I genuinely couldn’t believe that the smell in the toilets had been allowed become so hideous, and disgusting.

As stale urine always is.

Come on Dunnes, please, you can do better than this.

The customers, deserve it.

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