Originally Posted by black roses19
I'm a waitress at a pizza restaurant and this is the policy we follow. Every salt/pepper/sugar caddy has to be placed at the back of the table (against the wall) with the salt on the right, the pepper on the left, sugar in front, and sweet in low in back. We train people to remember "white is right" (nice motto, eh?
) We were told that it's for the visually impaired - an international standard.
So at least in my restaurant (and another i've worked in) that's the policy we follow.
This is fine for tables against the wall, but what about tables that are in th middle of the floor or round tables? In these cases the salt, pepper and other condiments are in the middle of the table and right/left depends on which side you are sat! I notice some have a little raised "S" or "P" on the dispenser. The plastic dispensers* for tomato ketchup and brown sauce in lots of diners here have the same shape and that would require a sniff-test.
I'll have to look more closely, but I have a feeling the "international standard" is a UL. Most of the ones I've seen have been in the middle of the table.
*where these sauces are purchased in great big bottles and decanted into smaller bottles for the table. A lot of places just have sachets of brown sauce, tomato sauce, English mustard, salad cream and tartare sauce (posher ones might have mayonnaise instead of salad cream)