Please don’t do this

Skates don't belong on tables where food is served.

Those of us who visit the rink see it all the time. People who treat snack bar tables like it’s a gym locker. I’ve seen dirty socks, shoes, and of course, sweaty roller skates on tabletops located in the cafe. It’s not always from new guests either, although they are a contributing factor. Many times it’s the rink rats, who use the tables to store or pull apart their skates.

When did we lose our sense of decorum in a roller rink? I realize we’re not the yacht club, but let’s face it. No one wants to eat off a table that’s covered in carpet muck, bacteria, fecal matter, urine, or whatever else those wheels have rolled through.

No matter how clean you get them, they don’t belong on a table where food is served. Skates roll through restrooms, and then onto carpeting and the skate floor. That’s a lot of shared germs.

Would you place your sneakers or skates on a table at a fancy restaurant? Or at home? Regardless, please don’t do it in a roller rink.

Be mindful of others and respect the rink. Use lockers or store skates under benches and tables, and not on them.

Thank you for skating.

Susan Geary

Susan Geary

Susan is a roller rink consultant with experience gained as the former Editor of Rinksider Magazine. She's been a recreational indoor quad skater for 30+ years.

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