Restaurants have the potential to be nasty places. You also never know when your table was last cleaned, or if the menus have been wiped with a clean towel.
To maintain a semblance of sanity, it’s best to just never think about these things, because if we do, we’d live inside a bubble our entire lives and we’d never go out. And that’s not fun.
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According to The Takeout, the absolute worst part about restaurants when it comes to germs are iPads, which are shared between dozens of servers and customers. Screens are always extremely dirty, no matter what device they belong to. And a recent article from Food Safety News supports this fact, stating that “Scientists have found that the average cell phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat. Major pathogens, like streptococcus, MRSA, and E. coli have routinely been found on electronic screens.”
Imagine how many germs are on the screen of a restaurant’s iPad, which is larger than a phone, and is passed around between dozens of strangers with varying degrees of hygiene.
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Even though these iPads and tablets are probably wiped clean, like all of the restaurant’s kitchen utensils and objects, dozens of customers could’ve used the iPad before you, transferring their personal germs. We’re not trying to stop you from living your life here, it’s just really important to wash your hands before you eat.