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21 Nov 2012 11:01 AM   |   7294 clicks   |   WTHI-TV Terre Haute
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Tr0mBoNe    [TotalFark]  
45 Gallons per person, per year?? That's about 480 cans of soda.
.
Sheesh.

21 Nov 2012 09:28 AM
Dead for Tax Reasons     
"I was surprised. I was very surprised," Mary said. "Four out of the ten, you had fecal contamination."

Thats what you get for drinking shiatty soda

21 Nov 2012 10:15 AM
ChipNASA     

Dead for Tax Reasons: "I was surprised. I was very surprised," Mary said. "Four out of the ten, you had fecal contamination."

Thats what you get for drinking shiatty soda


That's what I get for taking a dump in the runoff tray.

21 Nov 2012 11:03 AM
blatz514    [TotalFark]  
If you put enough alcohol in your soda; ya got no problems

21 Nov 2012 11:04 AM
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?

21 Nov 2012 11:04 AM
NutWrench    [TotalFark]  

Tr0mBoNe: 45 Gallons per person, per year?? That's about 480 cans of soda.
.
Sheesh.


Or about 2 really BIG cans!
(Do we really need "Big Gulps?" "Yeah, gimme something in a depth-charged sized drink!")

21 Nov 2012 11:06 AM
SinisterDexter     
As long as the beer taps are okay, I'll be fine.

21 Nov 2012 11:08 AM
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.

21 Nov 2012 11:09 AM
JackieRabbit     
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"

21 Nov 2012 11:09 AM
ChipNASA     

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?


Soda Fountain Upper Decker.

21 Nov 2012 11:09 AM
Singleballtheory     
"You wouldn't drink out of a toilet."

You don't know me, I do what I want!

21 Nov 2012 11:09 AM
LarryDan43     

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?


Don't judge me.

21 Nov 2012 11:11 AM
justanotherfarkinfarker     
I know this. I see the people buying them. Yet I keep getting fountain soda. Hot dogs too. Horrible dregs of society using the self serve dog rollers, dirty hands, band-aided fingers. Yet I leave a bar late night and join them in eating an e.coli dog.

21 Nov 2012 11:13 AM
Singleballtheory     
"Four out of the ten soda machines we tested-40 percent-were squirting out liquids contaminated with fecal bacteria and e-coli.

We're not going to tell you the names of those restaurants and gas stations."

Because that's what an actual reporter would do. We're just trying to scare the poo out of you so you'll read our article. And cue rim shot! Double rim shot!

21 Nov 2012 11:18 AM
Onkel Buck     
I used to work at a place that made those synthetic corks for wine bottles. You should have seen the bio-masses of fungus I would clean out of the circulation pumps for the cooling water baths. Enjoy your wine with your Thanksgiving dinner!

21 Nov 2012 11:19 AM
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?

21 Nov 2012 11:20 AM
Flakeloaf     
What the hell is an auger plate?

21 Nov 2012 11:26 AM
Millennium     

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.

21 Nov 2012 11:26 AM
tarheel07     

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.


Sharts.

21 Nov 2012 11:28 AM
Bruxellensis     
You don't want to know what a beer line looks like when it hasn't been cleaned often enough.

21 Nov 2012 11:31 AM
Gabrielmot     
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.

21 Nov 2012 11:32 AM
Gabrielmot     

Bruxellensis: You don't want to know what a beer line looks like when it hasn't been cleaned often enough.


Nice, I bet it's probably worse than the tea tub nozzle. Where I worked, the waitresses were required to clean the alcohol related items, I bet it's never been cleaned ever.

21 Nov 2012 11:33 AM
The My Little Pony Killer     

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.

21 Nov 2012 11:48 AM
hoyt clagwell     
"ager".

21 Nov 2012 11:51 AM
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom     

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.

21 Nov 2012 11:51 AM
Orbspiders     

Bruxellensis: You don't want to know what a beer line looks like when it hasn't been cleaned often enough.


I don't know what it looks like, but I know what it feels like.

/got food poisoning from a beer tap a couple weeks back
//never felt that awful in my life

21 Nov 2012 11:54 AM
cyks     
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.

21 Nov 2012 11:56 AM
Tax Boy     
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SLIME in the ice machine!

21 Nov 2012 11:56 AM
Broktun     

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.

21 Nov 2012 12:08 PM
JohnnyRebel88     
My friend was a manager at a McDonald's at a local mall about 20 years ago. He would tell me the stories about the Milkshake machine and how impossible it was to keep the cockroaches out of it. Even after cleaning, days later, they would be back. That sucked because loved their strawberry sundaes.

Is there any McDonald's that still offer Strawberry Sundaes? I believe it has been about 10 years since they yanked them from eastern PA.

21 Nov 2012 12:16 PM
WalMartian    [TotalFark]  
I once saw a customer wash their hands under the water spout of a soda fountain, shake them off in front of the fountain and walk away.

21 Nov 2012 12:24 PM
GavinTheAlmighty     

Tr0mBoNe: 45 Gallons per person, per year?? That's about 480 cans of soda.
.
Sheesh.


I'm the first to admit that I drink a lot of pop, but that's just crazy.

21 Nov 2012 12:31 PM
Zaladreyn     

GavinTheAlmighty: Tr0mBoNe: 45 Gallons per person, per year?? That's about 480 cans of soda.
.
Sheesh.

I'm the first to admit that I drink a lot of pop, but that's just crazy.


I've seen how much soda my Dad drinks, so I'm not surprised.

21 Nov 2012 12:48 PM
Sticky Hands    [TotalFark]  

GavinTheAlmighty: Tr0mBoNe: 45 Gallons per person, per year?? That's about 480 cans of soda.
.
Sheesh.

I'm the first to admit that I drink a lot of pop, but that's just crazy.


That's like 1.3 cans per day.

21 Nov 2012 12:48 PM
phil her craken     

blatz514: If you put enough alcohol in your soda; ya got no problems


This

21 Nov 2012 12:49 PM
MarkEC     
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

21 Nov 2012 12:52 PM
SirEattonHogg     
JohnnyRebel88

2012-11-21 12:16:13 PM

My friend was a manager at a McDonald's at a local mall about 20 years ago. He would tell me the stories about the Milkshake machine and how impossible it was to keep the cockroaches out of it. Even after cleaning, days later, they would be back. That sucked because loved their strawberry sundaes.

Is there any McDonald's that still offer Strawberry Sundaes? I believe it has been about 10 years since they yanked them from eastern PA.


Except its not supposed to be "after cleaning, days later", the milkshake machine is supposed to be stripped down and cleaned once a day. Why do I know this? Because I had the unfortunate honor one high school summer of having that job at 7am every morning. It took hours to take out the parts, douse said parts in some cleaning solution, reassemble, pump some solution through the pipes to clean that, and THEN finally put in whatever ingrediants required for the milkshake and let chill. If that guy was saying there was roaches in the machine and they were doing the proper cleaning everyday - then its not just the machine but obviously the whole restaurant with a serious problem.

Another person on another Fark thread about McDonalds mentioned seeing maggots in the milkshake machine. Again, surprising if they are doing the cleaning and strip down of the machine, which I always thought would be a McDonalds corporate policy for all their franchises. Say what you will about McDonalds, but their corporate HQ thought about every single detail in running a restaurant.

And dare I ask what you are trying to say with the number "88" after "JohnnyReb"? Oh nevermind.

21 Nov 2012 01:00 PM
Flakeloaf     

Sticky Hands: GavinTheAlmighty: Tr0mBoNe: 45 Gallons per person, per year?? That's about 480 cans of soda.
.
Sheesh.

I'm the first to admit that I drink a lot of pop, but that's just crazy.

That's like 1.3 cans per day.


That was about my average until recently. Nearly all of it diet pop, to be sure, but still not a great habit.

21 Nov 2012 01:15 PM
GavinTheAlmighty     

Zaladreyn: GavinTheAlmighty: Tr0mBoNe: 45 Gallons per person, per year?? That's about 480 cans of soda.
.
Sheesh.

I'm the first to admit that I drink a lot of pop, but that's just crazy.

I've seen how much soda my Dad drinks, so I'm not surprised.


Sticky Hands: That's like 1.3 cans per day.


Quick math tells me that at 39 grams of sugar per can of Coca-Cola, that's 41 pounds of pure sugar per year, just in pop alone.

21 Nov 2012 01:17 PM
GavinTheAlmighty     

Flakeloaf: That was about my average until recently. Nearly all of it diet pop, to be sure, but still not a great habit.


I used to be at a can a day of Diet Coke (or whatever no-name brand), but I'm getting a bit better now.

21 Nov 2012 01:17 PM
HKWolf     

Broktun: 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.


It just gives me the heebie jeebies. A little dirt don't hurt, it keeps you immune system workings. I just don't want to hear about it or see it. Keep me on a need to know basis.

/blames Canadian geese for all the poop! Dirty farkers!

21 Nov 2012 01:34 PM
p51d007     
Simple....don't worry about it....the chemicals in the soda will protect you.
And, if you do get a little crap with your soda, don't worry about that either.
ingesting bacteria a little at a time, over a given period of time will actually
boost your immune system ;)

21 Nov 2012 01:37 PM
xsarien    [TotalFark]  
Most fast food places seem to be more than willing to hand you a bottle of water with any value meal upon request. That way you don't have to deal with the fountain at all.

21 Nov 2012 01:40 PM
Grammatik Polizei     

Flakeloaf: What the hell is an auger plate?


Maybe they should have been using agar plates instead...

Also, they should have swabbed the tables, door knobs, menus, etc. I bet they would have found coliform bacteria on most things.

21 Nov 2012 01:55 PM
wambu     
"I was surprised. I was very surprised," Mary said. "Four out of the ten, you had fecal contamination."

What you get from shoving coke up your ass instead of your nose?

21 Nov 2012 01:58 PM
boarch     

Flakeloaf: What the hell is an auger plate?


A part on some tractors.

How did the reporter mix up the words auger and agar? sheesh.

21 Nov 2012 02:15 PM
MythDragon     
Yes they can.
www.theshelbyreport.comView Full Size


*puke*

21 Nov 2012 03:08 PM
Pawprint     

hoyt clagwell: "ager".


Also, "pun."

And isn't it "agar"?

21 Nov 2012 03:21 PM
fluffy2097     

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!

21 Nov 2012 04:00 PM
SoxSweepAgain     
Oh brother. "Fecal" bacteria? Fecal coliforms as already said here. In small amounts that your immune system yawns at.

Bacteria is everywhere, and your own body contains about 3-4 pounds of fecal bacteria at any given time.

If that bothers you, drink some bleach. That'll help.

/Sheesh.

21 Nov 2012 07:04 PM
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