ATM keypads are as dirty as public toilet seats.
ATM keypads are as dirty as public toilet seats, according to British researchers. The enterprising scientists put their gloves on and took swabs from England's cash machines and finest porcelain and found both to be equally buggy.
We're talking pseudomonads and bacillus, bacteria that can make you sick and cause the very runs that would put you on that public toilet seat in a hurry.
Here's a scenario: A dirty ATM keypad will land you on a dirty toilet seat. Discuss.
"We were surprised by our results because the ATM machines were shown to be heavily contaminated with bacteria; to the same level as nearby public lavatories," said researcher Richard Hastings, microbiologist for BioCote.