Anyone who has frequented a McDonald’s lately will have noticed the company’s most recent attempt at staying current with their technology (while simultaneously cutting jobs).
The fast food company has opted to place touchscreen check-outs in their restaurants.
The screens allow impatient customers to order their food directly without having to interact with a fellow human being.
While the screens are ideal for those customers who are ordering an embarrassing amount of food (we’ve all been there, no judgement), a recent discovery has people thinking twice about going with the technologically savvy route.
A study was recently conducted by microbiologists at London Metropolitan University and Metro UK.
Researchers found that, when taking samples from 8 different McDonald’s in the UK, every single touchscreen contained samples of human feces.
Yep, those touchscreens are literally shitty.
Dr Paul Matewele, a senior lecturer in microbiology at London Metropolitan University, reflected on their discovery.
“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.”
He continued to explain how their findings should impact people’s day-to-day choices.
“Touchscreen technology is being used more and more in our daily lives but these results show people should not eat food straight after touching them, they are unhygienic and can spread disease. These bacteria can be on touchscreen machines for days on end.”
Many people are revolted.
Bad for workers. Gross to touch.https://t.co/z29SyYyur2
— Jeremy D. Thompson (@Reelpolitik) November 30, 2018
— Kiros the Yiros Official fan page (@Kiros_the_Yiros) November 30, 2018
— Plinius Tertius (@PliniusT) November 28, 2018
Me ordering on the touchscreen at McDonalds after seeing that tweet pic.twitter.com/MwbKYEiVBA
— mel (@melreeve) November 29, 2018
However, others feel as though the touchscreens are not alone.
yes McDonalds' touchscreen menus all contain poop on them but what do you think is in their food??
— Amanita Applebum (@threespeedgirl) November 30, 2018
This is probably true of every public surface. I’m confident that the poles on the NYC subway aren’t clean. I’m surprised I haven’t seen people using gloves when holding on to them. https://t.co/9H8n4zQAhA
— Rakesh Agrawal (@rakeshlobster) December 1, 2018
And to think that this was discovered after taking samples ONLY at every McDonald’s touchscreen…
Imagine how much “poo” can be found on, pretty much, anything and everything touched by… https://t.co/bzwrKZTq5t
— Doug Hogate Jr (@dhogatejr) December 2, 2018
I mean its probably the same as every public door you open so whats the difference
— Adam Logie (@adamm2813) November 30, 2018
Will these findings encourage McDonald’s to take their focus off of technology and back onto human labor?