Scientists Say Half Of All Soda Fountains Harbor Fecal Bacteria

  • metta

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    Jan 07, 2010 10:24 PM GMT

    http://consumerist.com/2010/01/scientists-say-half-of-all-soda-fountains-harbor-fecal-bacteria.html


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/06/fecal-bacteria-found-in-n_n_413733.html
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    Jan 07, 2010 11:24 PM GMT
    how the hell does this happen....now I'm going to be ill
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    Jan 08, 2010 12:08 AM GMT
    Well, the nozzles for the soda dispenser are always wet. I'm sure insects make a pit stop on them whenever they're thirsty.

    Some restaurants actually remove and clean the nozzles at the end of each business day. But I don't think too many fast food places do this.

    Also, at my previous job, we had a soda fountain and I would occasionally find chunks of "film" in my soda. I suspect it was mold or some type of mildew building up in the plastic hoses.

    Another thing that most people are not away of is that water coolers also harbor a lot of bacteria. You have to sanitize it every once in a while.
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    Jan 08, 2010 12:29 AM GMT
    I heard that it comes from workers who do not wash their hands, and it gets into the ice or something.
  • bottomline

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    Jan 08, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    I have worked in that line, the compartments to the nozzles have to be removed and washed ever day. I have personally seen how filthy it can get. I dont use fountains.
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    Jan 08, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    you'd think scientists have planets and stars to discover, technologies to develop, the quantum world to explore...
    but no, they count fecal bacterias in water fountains
  • dannyboy1101

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    Jan 08, 2010 4:22 AM GMT
    So do dollar bills. And God save you when you get change in a strip club.
  • Celticmusl

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    Jan 08, 2010 4:27 AM GMT
    Only half? I likes them odds.
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    Jan 08, 2010 4:32 AM GMT
    i saw this article that said there was fecal bacteria in my large intestines. i was like whhhhaaaaaattttt!!!!!!
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    Jan 08, 2010 5:31 AM GMT
    xassantex saidyou'd think scientists have planets and stars to discover, technologies to develop, the quantum world to explore...
    but no, they count fecal bacterias in water fountains


    Luckily, we have enough scientists to do all of these and more, and quite frankly, at a much faster rate than most give credit to.

    This article definitely turns me off from buying a drink at some places, especially some of the Mom-and-Pop places I frequent nearby that already seem kind of sketchy in terms of cleanliness.
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    Jan 08, 2010 5:33 AM GMT
    dannyboy1101 saidSo do dollar bills. And God save you when you get change in a strip club.


    Money's nasty. I used to be a bank teller and in my first few weeks, would often find my hands discolored and greasy from the dirty bills people bring in. There was even one customer whose money we refused to circulate--when he left, we'd throw it in a bag and send it to our "mutiliated money" department. After a few weeks, I brought an enormous jug of hand sanitizer and used it whenever I had a few seconds between customers.
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    Jan 08, 2010 5:38 AM GMT
    oh well, I guess we will have to call it soda po[o]p!
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    Jan 08, 2010 5:57 AM GMT
    chaos444 saidi saw this article that said there was fecal bacteria in my large intestines. i was like whhhhaaaaaattttt!!!!!!
    one time I read this article and it said that over half of all anuses have fecal matter on them. I was surprised because I had worked in the Anus business for years and never done the math.

    ewwwww!

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    Jan 08, 2010 6:03 AM GMT
    Everything's caked in fecal matter because people are filthy pigs who don't wash their hands after they wipe their asses (though for some, taking even that initiative is quite an accomplishment). Enjoy.
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    Jan 08, 2010 6:09 AM GMT
    it's just another way to remind Man where he really belongs and what he really is.
  • drypin

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    Jan 08, 2010 6:26 AM GMT
    Thank goodness it's only 50% of all soda fountains. Do you think that means it's on the "good half" like colas and white colas, or the "weird half" like orange and lemon colas and root beers?

    If you look closely at the soda fountain pictured in the top article, you'll notice one of the fountain heads is out of order... clearly the fecal build-up has rendered it unusable! icon_wink.gif
  • Webster666

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    Jan 08, 2010 6:31 AM GMT
    Some people are obsessed with jamming their tongues in and out of peoples asses.
    Kind of takes away the worry over soda fountains, doesn't it.
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    Jan 08, 2010 6:41 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidSome people are obsessed with jamming their tongues in and out of peoples asses.
    Kind of takes away the worry over soda fountains, doesn't it.

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    Jan 08, 2010 6:56 AM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite said
    Webster666 saidSome people are obsessed with jamming their tongues in and out of peoples asses.
    Kind of takes away the worry over soda fountains, doesn't it.

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    Oh..............does this mean I should stop using public water fountains as my own personal bidet?

    Everything is caked with microbes not because people are unwashed pigs but because that's the way it is. To believe otherwise is some kind of Old Testament fantasy about God giving man domain over the Earth. What's funny is how shocked people are when they find out that there are other lifeforms all over the place. Duh.....I suppose some of you guys who are grossed out by this also swim at pools, shower at the gym, use the sauna, steamroom or whirlpool?
    What about the shower handles? Locker doors? the gym equipment? Planes? Airports? Movie theaters? (the kids who make the popcorn) icon_lol.gif
    Have a nice day
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    Jan 08, 2010 6:57 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidSome people are obsessed with jamming their tongues in and out of peoples asses.
    Kind of takes away the worry over soda fountains, doesn't it.


    "some" ?
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    Jan 08, 2010 7:08 AM GMT
    At every restaurant I've served at, we have taken the nozzles off and soaked them in Multi-quat sanitizer every night.


    That's grossssss.

    But I think this sanitization craze is bad... we'll weaken our immune systems collectively. Children are fucked.
  • drypin

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    Jan 08, 2010 10:18 AM GMT
    Unless I'm mistaken, everyone who keeps their toothbrush in the same room as their toilet is brushing with fecal matter microbes anyway, so what's the big deal... at least in a soda fountain, they're sweetened! icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 08, 2010 10:46 AM GMT
    I am not surprise because they have bad taste.
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    Jan 08, 2010 10:48 AM GMT
    drypin saidUnless I'm mistaken, everyone who keeps their toothbrush in the same room as their toilet is brushing with fecal matter microbes anyway, so what's the big deal... at least in a soda fountain, they're sweetened! icon_lol.gif


    Yes I am agree but I usually keep my toothbrush in my bedroom
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    Jan 08, 2010 8:01 PM GMT
    drypin saidUnless I'm mistaken, everyone who keeps their toothbrush in the same room as their toilet is brushing with fecal matter microbes anyway, so what's the big deal... at least in a soda fountain, they're sweetened! icon_lol.gif



    Isn't this one of those "urban myths" that get taken out of context?
    I mean, after all....what types of toilets do you guys have in your homes? Rocket-power assisted?? Just close the damn lid before you flush. Simple!
    Besides, if you try to eliminate all bacteria in your life, soon you won't have one! You need some to live.
    http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1999/10/11/267009/index.htm