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December 10
2012年12月10日

文明用餐:
始於點滴,成於習慣

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佳節快樂!

日前,我接受電台採訪,談到了我來香港後,在這裏工作、生活的一些體會。

在美國居住了三十多年,而後來到香港工作,這真是難得的緣分,讓我有機會重新體驗東方的生活和文化。電台的訪談,也促使我對一些問題再加思考,而略有所得。在此,我想把工作、生活中遇到的人與事,以及一些感受寫下來,收入自己的 blog

在接下來的幾篇網誌中,我會與各位朋友談談自己的觀察與看法,其中有些是我近年來因公出訪國外的觀感,敬請瀏覽。

 

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在自助食坊裏,常見到一位看上去精神有點失常的中年女士。此人衣著大方得體、舉止文雅,卻不時喃喃自語,獨自在那裏用餐;然而餐後她總是自覺地把餐具端到指定的回收位置,心裏不由讚嘆,這位婦人有很好的修養,知道在自助餐館用餐必須遵守自助規則。須知如此用餐後自動撤回餐具的舉止在本港不甚流行。

有人辯說,清理餐具應有專人負責,何須用餐人出手。也有人理直氣壯地說,把餐盤留在桌上可為「清潔阿嬸」創造就業機會。其實,用餐前一人霸佔多個座位、餐後桌上不清理,後來者有時須先清理前面用餐者留下的狼藉杯盤,凡此種種,為自己也為別人帶來諸多不便。誠然,許多餐廳提供端菜、收盤服務,但前提是用餐者須為此付服務費。為了確保提供價廉物美的食物,有些餐廳從一開始就訂明是自助餐廳,以減少人力開支;且高峰期間用餐人流大,用餐者自己送回餐具,既有利保持飯堂的清潔衛生,又方便其他人用餐,增加使用率,對每個用餐者實在是舉手之勞、卻一舉多得、利己利人的好事。

實際上,在自助餐廳用餐把餐盤自覺送到回收處,猶如把垃圾丟進垃圾桶一樣。今日香港,很少有人再會隨地亂拋垃圾,何不在此基礎上培養良好的自助用餐習慣呢?

大學生是社會的精英,「行遠,必先修其近;登高,必先修其低」,希望年輕朋友做出榜樣,在日常生活的點滴中開始,慢慢培養良好的習慣,做到「溫良恭儉讓」,並透過言吐、舉止、行為影響身邊的人。

三人行必有我師。也許那位舉止文雅、不時喃喃自語的婦人正可為「正常人」的楷模。讀書做人,包括做人的日常品德,我寄望年輕朋友了解利己利人的行為規範,凡事從涓滴做起。

Dining in a civilised manner – the simple act of clearing up

Greetings!

I was recently interviewed by a radio station about what I think of my life and work in Hong Kong since I moved here.

After living in the US for over 30 years, I look upon my stay in Hong Kong as a much-treasured episode in my career, which enables me to experience the Eastern life and culture once again. The radio's interview has made me pause to think as well, triggering an urge in me to write down some of my observations and reflections, which I will share with you in the following entries of my blog. Some of them are my observations during a few duty trips abroad in recent years. I hope you will like them.

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I often see the same elegantly dressed middle-aged woman at a self-service food court I frequent. Two things about this refined-looking woman make her stand out. Even though she is dining alone, she chatters away to herself non-stop, but what really sets her apart from the rest of the crowd is she always returns her tray to the appointed collection area after her meal. Each time she does it, she wins my instant admiration. It is not common in Hong Kong to see diners in self-service restaurants return their trays, making this woman's well-schooled behaviour all the more remarkable.

Some schools of thought say cleaners should be hired to do this kind of task instead of requesting diners to do it themselves, arguing that messy tables create employment opportunities. This might well be true, but the reality is other patrons either have to wait for a cleaner to come over to the table of a recently departed customer to clear up the plates and wipe down the messy surface, or do it themselves if the restaurant is particularly busy.

Of course, many restaurants offer table service, but in these establishments the diner is paying extra—a service charge—for a member of the wait staff to carry over their order and clean up afterwards. Food courts and other fast-food places make it clear from the start they are self-service. They reduce their staff costs for a specific reason: to keep the costs of the meals at a reasonable price.

In theory, self-service, especially during peak hours, allows restaurants to maintain hygienic surroundings and optimise the use of space in an efficient way. Clearing up after yourself is really not much to ask for, and the act brings about great advantages to others. It is no different to putting any form of garbage or waste in an appropriate receptacle. Why should it be any different in self-service restaurants? Littering is not such a big problem in Hong Kong these days, so why can't we improve our habits in diners?

University students are commonly seen as future society elites. As a saying goes, if you wish to go far, you should have a good starting point, near but leading far; if you wish to climb high, you should have a good starting point, low but leading upwards. Young people are expected to set an example by forming good habits so as to exert a positive influence upon those around them.

You can learn something sweet and commendable from your peers and other people around you. You don't have to be a genius to see the benefits of clearing up after yourself and it doesn't take a great deal of skill, either. It just takes the ability to learn common sense and develop thoughtful manners, something the well-dressed woman who chats away to herself knows very well.

December 10, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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