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ATMs as Dirty as Public Bathrooms

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Money is dirty. Really, dirty. In a study out of Wright Patterson Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, researchers discovered that 87% of bills carry bacteria that can cause infections among people with compromised immune systems. Escherichia coli, Klebsiella, Serratia, Enterobacter, Salmonella—all of these bacteria have been known to live on paper money and coins. And then there’s fungus and illegal drug residue. (That’s right, a colony of tinea pedis is getting high on nose candy in your wallet as we speak!)

But the fact that money is dirty is nothing new. In fact, the New York Times even wrote about this exact subject in 1904. 1904! Check it out!

Well, hypochondriacs, your day is about to take a turn for the worse.

That’s because there’s a new study that shows that ATM’s are actually as dirty as public bathrooms.

The Telegraph reports:

Experts took swabs from the numeric key pads on a string of city centre ATMs around England which are used by thousands of shoppers every day.

They then took similar swabs from the seats of nearby public lavatories and compared the bacteria under microscopes in a lab.

The swab were left to grow overnight and samples from both locations were found to contain pseudomonads and bacillus, bacterias which are known to cause sickness and diarrhea.

Yesterday (Mon) Dr Richard Hastings, microbiologist for BioCote, a built-in, antibacterial product coating, said: ''We were interested in comparing the levels of bacterial contamination between heavily-used ATM machines and public lavatories.

''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.”

While you may want to stop licking ATM key pads or preparing salads on them, it’s sensible to remember that ATM bacteria existed even before this study confirmed it. Fact is, bacteria is everywhere, and there’s little you can really do about it, save carrying some anti-bacterial gel and risk developing full-blown hypochondria while slowly cultivating super-bacteria that will one day decimate the human race.

But, if you’re still really concerned about ever touching an ATM or cash ever again, there is one solution: use your credit card. For everything.
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