IT’S SAID THAT IF AN ARTIST GETS TOO CLOSE TO HIS SUBJECT IT CAN INTERFERE WITH THE QUALITY OF THE PICTURE, WHICH WOULD CERTAINLY BE A PROBLEM IF THE ARTIST HAD BEEN SWALLOWED BY A CROCODILE.
That’s almost what happened to Antonio, a Costa Rican photographer who was sitting on the bank of the Tarcoles River taking photographs of the crocodiles. In his quest to get the perfect picture of one creature, he almost left it too late. The croc had his card marked and the card said ‘dinner’.
Once he was safely out of harm’s way Antonio’s colleagues understandably remonstrated with him for his carelessness. But in fact he wasn’t really being careless, he was behaving dangerously. Antonio was so snap happy he got his mates to throw bits of meat at the croc to entice it to swim closer; his obsession with getting the perfect shot made him forget he was taking a massive risk.
Had the croc killed and devoured Antonio, would it have been an accident? This of course wouldn’t matter to Antonio because he’d be history. But an accident that’s preventable is different from one of those unseen freak calamities that we see in the news from time to time and that fill us with awe and horror. People might have felt sorry for Antonio but most of us would have acknowledged that he kind of brought it upon himself and that he was the only person to blame.
The principle that most accidents are preventable, as well as our commitment to keeping our customers safe, is something we spend a lot of time thinking about at Eurest, and we build a dedication to operating safely into every area of our business. Like Antonio, we want to deliver the absolute best by making the most of a perfect moment — every menu we create, every meal we serve is an opportunity to delight and satisfy a customer. Unlike Antonio, we express our creativity safely and we don’t take unnecessary risks.
While we try to make our foodservice exciting, we don’t want it to be that exciting.