Would you like poo with your burger?

Some light relief today from Maccas as we await the RBA:

A study recently conducted by researchers at London Metropolitan University found that touchscreens used by customers at multiple McDonald’s locations were covered in fecal bacteria. Dr. Paul Matawele, one of the lead researchers in the study, explained that the spread of this bacteria could lead to serious infections.

“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. For instance Enterococcus faecalis is part of the flora of gastrointestinal tracts of healthy humans and other mammals. It is notorious in hospitals for causing hospital acquired infections,” Matawele said.

Researchers tested eight different McDonalds locations throughout the London and Birmingham area, and each location had its own collection of different viruses and bacteria, from listeria at one location to Staphylococcus at another.

I recommend drive through.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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  1. GunnamattaMEMBER

    25 years ago i took part in the development of office accomodation standards of a very large public sector organisation.

    I can tell you that amongst the health hazards of your average keyboard is a poo factor.

    Those of you typing into a keyboard should turn the keyboard upside down and give it a couple of bangs on the desk so the gunge in the keys falls out……….that is right up there with the most toxic things you will touch most days.

    Those of you typing on mobile screens and ipads should be aware that a lot of them have toilet bowl levels of bacteria on them too.

    • I’ve seen people at my office peeing at the urinal’s holding their phones in 1 hand, worse I’ve heard them in the toilet cubicles on their phones talking.

      Note to self, don’t buy second hand phones/tablets etc..

      TOP GEAR did an episode where they examined second hand cars and found similar..

      In the next challenge, the cars are taken to a forensics lab to find out what kind of life they had – in great detail. The forensics company “Manlove Forensics” goes over each of the cars before coming back with the results. Jeremy’s car had traces of crisps, some remains of leaves/foliage and also a few flakes of skin. James car had a more traces of skin, including what appeared to be picked scabs. It also had nasal mucus present in the footwell and the steering wheel was covered in saliva. Richard’s car had some black sports tape with blood stains on it, more saliva on the steering wheel, pubic hairs and also some fecal matter (poo).

      • In my experience, what doesn’t kill me doesn’t make me strong, it makes me weak and angry.

  2. Rule of thumb, if you don’t want to know what surfaces have traces of faecal matter on them, do not test them for traces of faecal matter.

  3. In the same vein, probably give sex a miss as well. Either that or just accept that we are not alone.

  4. TV remotes in hotel rooms also. I once worked for a director that brought her own sandwich bags with her whenever she travelled for work and stayed in a hotel.

  5. And this is why I refuse to use those stupid screens, not only are they putting a person out of a job, they’re bad for my personal hygiene and health.

    • Yes, but that person losing work is now often a foreign student put on preferred shifts by a New Australian shift manager from the same language group.

    • If you refused to use anything that tests positive for faecal matter, you wont be leaving your house, and probably won’t be going in most of that either.

  6. TailorTrashMEMBER

    Probably more so in the new more vibrant London ……..right hand for the Big Mac ……left hand for what Kimberly Clark used to be for .

    • Maccas seems to hire foreign students it seems in Melbourne and Sydney. Zero customer service skills and a sense that hospitality work is beneath their true station in life. I don’t want to caste aspersions ☺

      • TailorTrashMEMBER

        My enduring memory of LA ….burger servers with massive attitude …….all neuro surgeons in waiting ….and not learning basic humility in their current role ……

    • Similar at the gym. They make a big fuss about people wiping the machines down after use but I see lots who wipe the seat first and then the handles. Totally counterproductive because it means the next user of that machine gets crack sweat on their hands.

  7. You guys do know these bacteria are literally everywhere, right? We all live with them every day. We are literally covered in bacteria, and have been since day dot. It’s nothing new, but a great headline.