I suppose restaurants that have these grinders on the table, especially the disposable grinders, do so out of some notion that fresh ground is better. Perhaps so, but I'd rather not have to handle grinders on the table. It is rare that they are washed or cleaned between diners, and by the feel of some of them they aren't even washed from day to day. I have the same aversion to regular salt & pepper shakers that aren't kept clean, but the grinders especially bug me, since it is usually necessary to grip a grinder with force, and more of the flesh of one's hand is exposed to the surfaces of the grinder. Eating with that hand after handling the grinder is difficult for me. Do others feel the same way, or is this over the top?
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