(Telegraph) Cash machines ‘as dirty as toilets’
Cash machines are as dirty as public lavatories, according to tests showing they carry bacteria which can cause sickness and diarrhoea.
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 diarrhoea.