When you think of McDonald’s, you hardly think of it as the most hygienic restaurant out there, but there is something reassuring about it because you know what you’re gonna get with it – cheap and cheerful wherever you are in the world.
Having said that though, I would still expect McDonald’s not to have traces of poo all over every single one of their new fangled touchscreen TVs because that’s just basic really isn’t it? Sadly, this is not the case though as a test recently carried out by Metro.co.uk and the London Metropolitan University found that there was remnants of turd all over the screens sampled in London and Birmingham.
Yuck – here’s what senior lecturer in microbiology Dr Paul Matawele said about it all:
We were all surprised how much gut and faecal bacteria there was on the touchscreen machines. These cause the kind of infections that people pick up in hospitals.
Touchscreen technology is being used more and more in our daily lives but these results show people should not eat food straight after touching them, they are unhygienic and can spread disease.
Someone can be very careful about their own hygiene throughout the day but it could all be undone by using a touchscreen machine once.
These bacteria can be on touchscreen machines for days on end. McDonald’s need to be more efficient about cleaning them with stronger disinfectant.
I mean I know it’s gross that poo particles etc are on all these touchscreens, but I kinda feel like it’s the same kind of thing as someone telling you you have to wash your hands every time you go to the toilet. Like you do do it 9 times out of 10 but it’s hardly the end of the world if you don’t, right? I bet that at least 90% or something of the people that touch these screens didn’t get sick or anything. There are germs everywhere so it’s only natural you would pick some up along the way – the only way to really avoid that is to not touch anything or even leave the house and even then there
In fairness though, it was only last week that poo particles were found in the ice in the water at Wetherspoons and Harvester. Seems like it’s everywhere so you might as well just act like a pig and roll in it. Just saying.