Now for the rest of the story:(BUTTFINGERSHIRE, UK) Traces of feces have been found on every single McDonald’s touchscreen swabbed in an investigation by metro.co.uk. Samples were taken from the new machines that have been rolled out at restaurants across the country – every one of them had coliforms. Senior lecturer in microbiology at London Metropolitan University Dr Paul Matawele said: "We were all surprised how much gut and faecal bacteria there was on the touchscreen machines."
Yes, I'm sure they're right.
No, I'm not surprised.
No, you shouldn't be either.
They would get the same result from door handles, shopping carts, carry baskets, rails, and anything else open to the public that people touch routinely.
In 175 countries.
And in your town.
So wash your paws before you eat your food.
It's cold virus and flu season: you should be doing that anyways.
In short, this is gross, and it requires action, but it's action you should be doing 24/7/365 when out and about in the first place.
It's definitely not anything like news.
FFS, we did this as a microbiology lab experiment 30 years ago, and we grew potato farms of funky lifeforms you wouldn't have believed, off of everything known to man.
Turn 35 microbio students loose with touch loupes, Bic lighters, and a stack of petri dishes, and tell them to test everything they can think of, and see what happens.
The only thing I can think of worse than a touch screen menu ordering device at Mickey D's would be doing the same thing at Mickey Mouse's home base, just down the road.
You could probably grow three-headed snails that'd eat Manhattan off the handrails and safety bars there, even if they dipped the whole park in bleach every night after closing, and then steam-cleaned everything within ten feet of reach for human beings.
You want to do a public service, test the food, and test the hands of the workers who prepare the food. Anywhere.
(At which point, a manager would appear and suggest you get the hell off the premises.)
At any rate, spend a little time in the bathroom washing your hands right before you eat.
Or, spend a lot of time in the bathroom anyways, right after you eat.