What can you find on a McDonald's touchscreen? The answer is disturbing.

Have you fully eaten your breakfast? Or, more importantly, has it had time to settle? Because what you're about to read may cause the spitting out of coffee, the need to take a shower 17 times, and a sinking feeling of disgusted disbelief.

Good to go?

Apparently, back in 2018, the good people at metro.co.uk conducted an, er, investigation on what they found on McDonald's self-order touchscreens in the United Kingdom. Taking random samplings, they discovered ... (sure you're good?) a range of terrible things ... like listeria, klebsiella, and proteus strains. Want to know what the article was titled?

"Poo Found on Every McDonald’s Touchscreen Tested."


The investigators had swabbed touchscreens in eight different McDonald's restaurants: six in London and two in Birmingham. Dr. Paul Matawel, a senior lecturer in microbiology at London Metropolitan University, told the Metro, "We were all surprised how much gut and [fecal] bacteria there was on the touchscreen machines. These cause the kind of infections that people pick up in hospitals."

Um, yeah, that's not cool.

A bacteria called staphylococcus was among those uncovered. It has been connected to Toxic Shock Syndrome, which can turn into a fatal condition, especially in women. Dr. Matawele proclaimed it as "so contagious." 

A McDonald's representative told the Metro, "our self-order screens are cleaned frequently throughout the day. All of our restaurants also provide facilities for customers to wash their hands before eating."

Although this investigation occurred quite some time ago, it brought to light numerous questions regarding the cleanliness of restaurants and fast-food places. In the wake of the coronavirus, understanding what you come into contact within a very public place can be crucial. Whether it be ordering on a touchscreen, reaching for the bathroom door, or even resting your elbows on a coffee table (as I am now), it's critical to practice basic cleanliness skills, including washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough, and even wiping down where you've sat.

Otherwise, as we just learned, you might end up having poo on your fingers.

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