How do you handle a proximity allergy?

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Guest cannot be near certain foods. I can avoid serving it that day but I cannot guarantee another guest won't bring it in the house or that I won't be using it for another breakfast that I'm prepping for the next day.

Or any number of scenarios.

What if someone puts it in the microwave? Will the vapor be enough for an allergic reaction? I don't know. I have asked.

Very popular food item here during guest's stay. Festivals and everything! Almost unavoidable even in restaurants at this time of year.

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Sound like that woman who called me twice in about 3 years - clean with natural, no scents, no this, no that, do you have this around your place, do you have that industry near you. I finally told her I could not accommodate her needs. Why do you not have an TV or stay home.

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You can not be responsible if other guests bring in that item.  Their allergies are not your responsibility other than to satisfy their request to not serve it. 

My question is how do they handle going to the grocery?  Or do they get their groceries delivered? 
How do they go to restaurants, lots of places will serve that item. 

Do what my daughter does with her allergy to paprika, get an epi pen and benadryl and keep them handy!

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 wow!  a proximity allergy!  you can't possibly guarantee this guest's safety/comfort/whatever ... all you can do is agree not to serve it but all bets are off for the rest of it.   i hope it's not a lobster allergy!!!

 

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seashanty wrote:

 wow!  a proximity allergy!  you can't possibly guarantee this guest's safety/comfort/whatever ... all you can do is agree not to serve it but all bets are off for the rest of it.   i hope it's not a lobster allergy!!!

My guess is shellfish and it's lobster season!

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Not your problem...theirs..why should you worry yourself over something you may not be able to control. Gheez folks....just stay home if you have that bad an allergy!

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EmptyNest wrote:

Not your problem...theirs..why should you worry yourself over something you may not be able to control. Gheez folks....just stay home if you have that bad an allergy!

Fully agree. This person needs to find a tourist apartment, at best. Not a B&B.

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I am always willing to give up this type of guest because the stress of having them at my table is just not worth it to me.  But if you really want their heads in your beds but not at your table how about giving them a small cash breakfast gift so they can eat out?  We have not actually done this but it has crossed my mind a time or two.

 

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I'd probably tell them that I would be very careful in the kitchen to not use those foods, but you can't guarantee that another guest might bring it in. Put the ball in his/her court. There's nothing you could or should have to do on top of that. Shehe knows that your area is known for this food and it's they have to use their judgement on whether they can stay with you or not.

You can't make it your problem!

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