Letters for Saturday, March 28, 2020

Security needed where rental vehicles are stored


I sincerely hope that during this pandemic that there is some sort of security measures to guard against any vandalism/theft at these locations where these rental vehicles are parked/stored.


Michael Kiyabu, Kapa‘a

Restaurant take-out practices vary wildly

So, what are the rules/guidelines for restaurants now providing carry-out-only service?

I’m concerned. As my wife and I try to support our local businesses by “eating out,” we’re finding the carry-out procedures vary widely from place to place.

Some places have printed, single-use-only or very large, easy-to-read, outdoor, poster-size menus for ordering.

Some places continue to allow their normal menus to be passed from customer to customer.

Pens used to sign credit card charges may still be kept in a cup or bowl and passed from customer to customer.

Some allow customers to simply enter, order and carry-out as per normal. (Basically the only thing different is that there’s no indoor seating.)

Some require customers to wash up, then enter, order and carry-out.

Some places have call-in or online orders.

Some place have runners shuttling orders in and food out, i.e., the only person entering the store is an employee.

For this mandated action to be effective there needs to be rules and/or guidelines for “doing it right,” and, probably, on-site inspections to help businesses comply.

I think our restaurant owners are TRYING to do the right thing, but I’m sure MANY don’t know HOW to do it. Perhaps shoot a video showing the “right way” to comply then post it on a Department of Health website or YouTube.

David Poppe, Kalaheo

  1. Everythingisawesome March 28, 2020 5:57 am Reply

    You are so correct. There are a myriad of ways this virus can be transmitted from person to person. As many ways as we can imagine. I saw some people practicing social distancing, with a dog going back and forth between them being petted by both parties. They may as well have been hugging! With a virus this contagious that stays alive for days on non-living surfaces the social distancing and restaurant rules will only slow the spread, not stop it. We’ll all eventually get it or be vaccinated against it when a vaccine comes out. Some have already had it and not known it. Fortunately, it doesn’t turn it’s victims into zombies.

  2. Meledonna March 28, 2020 1:27 pm Reply

    The best way to solve this problem, is through the regular permitting process through the Department Of Health, that certifies that a business can be in operation. The guidelines should be set, agreed upon and put into enforcement, asap. Regular inspectors should inspect each week, undercover if necessary by observing or sending in people to observe how the operations are being run. If they are not in compliance, shut it down immediately until they comply. That goes for these insane churches as well who are encouraging people to cough and sneeze on each other to prove they love Jesus and believe they are immune to it. Think I am kidding? Sadly, I am not. Public health and safety is a priority, not pandering to businesses you may like.

    Businesses that think the virus is a hoax, and not taking it seriously are going to do the minimum, businesses that believe the virus is a community threat will take the situation seriously and impose the maximum efforts.

    I suggest to only go to businesses that are taking it seriously and doing the most to help keep the virus from spreading. For businesses that are lackadaisical, then call the department of health and voice your concerns. If an establishment gets enough complaints, right now they are obligated to investigate, and possibly shut it down.

    Here is a wake up call for all businesses still not taking this seriously:
    You do not deserve the privilege of having a restaurant open at thsi time. Proper precautions are 6 feet apart, everyone wears ppe and gloves that is serving the customers. wiping down registers, pens, machines is mandatory between customers. no more that ten at a time inside. the minimum of breathing and handling of food. customers should not get close to the cashier, to give their orders. Customers must stand 6 feet apart. if a customer coughs, sneezes, wipes their hands with their faces they should be refused service if they are not wearing proper PPE to prevent infecting others. no one should be having sit down service. Kauai residents, doctors nurses police, fire men and other essential service personal should be fed before tourists and should go to the front of the line.

    This is just how I feel about it. Its harsh, and not pretty but if i was running the show, these are the guidelines i would immediately impose.

    Not enough personnel? Then get the tourists to do it, then. put them to work. They wanted a vacation, give them one. show them the meaning of serving humanity.

    My real suggestion is to not go to businesses that are doing the minimum and giving lip service. Businesses that are serving food like that, are likely not taking proper precautions with other things, like cleaning, breathing on food, and possibly people are there working who are asymptomatic, or even actively have the virus, and they don’t think its a big deal, therefore their guidelines are lax. You don’t need someone to tell you what you should be doing. You should be taking the maximum of precautions you should not be allowed tro operate. Shut it down. Tax that tax credits, and all of the goodies being floated for you. Anyone who does not take this seriously at this point is a damned fool and i would not eat their food if you paid me. Steer clear of food vendors who seem to be belligerent about having to follow health guidelines, but are doing the least possible. T

    They may be putting you at risk for infection. If you overhear employees talking about how its a “panic, its just the flue, don’t know what the fuss is about, but we have to do it”, leave immediately and do not give them your money. I remember a Safeway employee early on in the rise of the Pandemic, laughing at someone for being worried that the keypad wasn’t wiped down. The cashier literally laughed and told the person, “What are you panicking for, its just the flu. relax, you’ll be fine!”.

    The little old lady who was at least in her 80’s looked terrified. She was small, and frail. I happened to be next in line, and she mocked the elderly lady by rolling her eyes, and then telling me, “Some people, they sure do overreact to things.” She then rolled her eyes again. I went on with the transaction, but now when I see that cashier I don’t go to her checkout line. Ever.

    1. Everythingisawesome March 29, 2020 2:05 pm Reply


  3. RG DeSoto March 28, 2020 3:28 pm Reply

    Inane and irrelevant drivel, David.
    Just be happy that the herd masters even let you out of the house, thank them profusely and be a cooperative part of the herd. As HL Menchen mused:
    that the common man has no interest in liberty: “he is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. He longs for the warm, reassuring smell of the herd, and is willing to take the herdsman with it.”
    There you go…enjoy your takeout while it lasts,
    RG DeSoto

  4. Debra Kekaualua March 28, 2020 3:35 pm Reply

    Hey mike, you once were kpd, so why dont you go watch the car rental and get as many updated safety inspection tags as can. I need one for my truck! Remember auto aid? That was the same place we would go-to as the tags we did have either wasnt yet required or it expired! The 60-70-80s were very lovely Taylor camp decades! The Buddy Wilson KPD days were good fun, before there ever was a barnyard, yucky, kufricka, Bap, and the other snakes in the grass, all of which gave their legacy up to ring hells bells for eternity. We learned the rules, and it wasnt easy by any stretch of the imagination! Proud my parents got to meet you, o so long ago!

  5. WestsideResident March 28, 2020 6:59 pm Reply

    Considering the other restrictions in place, allowing take-out food is ridiculous. One shop owner can infect how many other people?

    Takeout food is not necessary or essential!

    1. RG DeSoto March 29, 2020 2:22 pm Reply

      “Considering the other restrictions in place, allowing take-out food is ridiculous.”
      Because Westside, this is supposed to be a FREE country…we should not be so anxious to surrender our liberty & freedom.
      Jeez…speak about a herd mentality, you fit the bill,
      RG DeSoto

  6. who cares March 28, 2020 8:35 pm Reply

    what’s it to you if the rental cars are being watched? go watch um yourself then if you so concerned! what a stupid letter!

  7. tunataxi March 30, 2020 8:15 am Reply

    How about rental car companies all shutting down their shops and watch the cars instead of renting more

  8. silver lining March 30, 2020 4:45 pm Reply

    So, I keep seeing this on all the forums here about how it will take deaths for people to smarten up. I agree. it will. Sadly Kauai has become mush. SInce Iniki too much stuff and stores and take outs and coffees and gimme big shopping grocery experiences. We have lost our soul. I didn’t really think we had. But now I see this, and today tons of traffic and businesses trying to stay open anyways and employees being told by their bosses its nothing just the flu keep working the government is giving bonuses and even laughing at customers trying to protect themselves.

    We have lost our soul. We are no longer Kauai as Kauai truly was. We have become greedy, selfish, entitled, commercialized jerks. there, I said it. What a sad day to see. Don’t even respect what the mayor said. He is a good mayor, and doing the right thing.

    Everyone just doesn’t care. It will take deaths to change your minds. then it may be someone you love more than yourselves. Shame, guys. Really shame.

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