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(WTHI-TV Terre Haute)   Local news anchor discovers that soda fountains can be disgusting   (wthitv.com) divider line 15
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2012-11-21 12:08:30 PM
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HKWolf: How is feces getting in the nozzles?! Maybe i don't want to know. Shouldn't have read this before lunch...or even after lunch...or ever.

People are disgusting creatures.


It is not feces, it is fecal coliform and it is everywhere and there is nothing that can be done about it.

Man up Nancy. A few germs will not hurt (most) of you.
2012-11-21 11:48:24 AM
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Macular Degenerate: How does fecal contamination get up* into the tubes inside the machine?* Are the employees squatting over the top of the machine and dropping a deuce?


I think it's more along the lines of people not washing their hands after using the restroom and then groping everything in sight.

The nozzles are also the perfect breeding grounds for mold.
2012-11-21 11:09:20 AM
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Stupid reporter. There was no fecal contamination. There was fecal coliform bacteria contamination. These bacteria are all over our skin. Yes they come out of our butthole, but they don't just hang out there. There are more bacterial cells in the human boty than there are human cells. We literally team with life.

/has never drunk "pop"
2012-11-21 04:00:05 PM
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Grammatik Polizei: Also, they should have swabbed the tables, door knobs, menus, etc. I bet they would have found coliform bacteria on most things.


Yup. The stuff is everywhere. It's also almost always completely harmless. In fact the only reason we pay attention to it is because if you have large concentrations, it can be an indicator that more expensive tests are needed to tell if there is something really dangerous there.

But it has the word fecal in it.

EVERYBODY PANIC!
2012-11-21 12:52:03 PM
1 votes:
I've got news for you. Your toothbrush has fecal coliform bacteria on it, even if you don't keep it in the bathroom. Mythbusters did it
2012-11-21 11:56:57 AM
1 votes:
graphics8.nytimes.com

SLIME in the ice machine!
2012-11-21 11:56:03 AM
1 votes:
Please... even if the fountains were spotless and completely sterile, nearly all fountain and bar drinks and plain ice water would be contaminated from the ice used.

If it's a drink with lemon or lime in it, there's yet another major contamination spot.
2012-11-21 11:51:38 AM
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Macular Degenerate: How does fecal contamination get up* into the tubes inside the machine?* Are the employees squatting over the top of the machine and dropping a deuce?


It's what happens when an employee takes a shiat, doesn't wash his hands, then reloads the syrup.
2012-11-21 11:32:22 AM
1 votes:
Think soda fountains are bad...

Having worked in a restaurant, how often do you think they clean the iced tea tub?

Hint: almost never.

-Well, they'll throw some soap in it, but good luck them actually disassembling the nozzle and scrubbing it out. The first night I had dish duty, I did that... I'm fairly certain I was the first person to clean that thing in several years.

/and we had a clean restaurant compared to pretty much anywhere else.
2012-11-21 11:31:53 AM
1 votes:
You don't want to know what a beer line looks like when it hasn't been cleaned often enough.
2012-11-21 11:26:31 AM
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SinisterDexter: blatz514: If you put enough alcohol in your soda; ya got no problems

I don't know what I'm talking about, but from what I've read; most drinking alcohol won't do it. It needs to be 70-80% concentration to effectively kill germs. If you're drinking Bacardi 151, you might accomplish something, but you'd be diluting it with your mixer. Better to drink the alcohol straight and skip the mixer. Who needs the empty calories, anyway?


It's more like 70-80 proof, which is 35-40%. Vodak: is there anything it can't do?

More seriously, although the comment about fecal bacteria being all over our skin is true, employees are supposed to be washing their hands before working with this equipment, so the bacteria shouldn't be getting into the pipes. I'm not a germophobe by any stretch of the imagination; the overuse of antibacterials has done a lot of harm to us as a society. But they do have their place, and food-handling is part of that.
2012-11-21 11:26:27 AM
1 votes:
What the hell is an auger plate?
2012-11-21 11:09:09 AM
1 votes:
How is feces getting in the nozzles?! Maybe i don't want to know. Shouldn't have read this before lunch...or even after lunch...or ever.

People are disgusting creatures.
2012-11-21 11:06:07 AM
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Tr0mBoNe: 45 Gallons per person, per year?? That's about 480 cans of soda.
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Sheesh.


Or about 2 really BIG cans!
(Do we really need "Big Gulps?" "Yeah, gimme something in a depth-charged sized drink!")
2012-11-21 11:04:57 AM
1 votes:
How does fecal contamination get up* into the tubes inside the machine?* Are the employees squatting over the top of the machine and dropping a deuce?
 
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