Customers who order McDonald's food using a touchscreen may have ingested fecal matter according to a new study that found fecal bacteria on every McDonald's touchscreen tested.

According to a new study conducted by U.K. newspaper Metro, traces of fecal matter was found on touchscreens at eight McDonald's locations -- six in London and two in Birmingham.

The study’s findings means that anyone who used the touchscreen to order their food may have picked up fecal matter.

"We were all surprised how much gut and fecal bacteria there was on the touchscreen machines," said Dr. Paul Matewele, a senior lecturer in microbiology at London Metropolitan University. He added that the bacteria was the kind seen on hospital wards.

Traces of listeria bacteria were found in two London locations, while staphylococcus bacteria was found on a touchscreen at one McDonald’s location. Klebsiella bacteria, which can cause urinary tract infections, was also found on several screens.

"These cause the kind of infections that people pick up in hospitals," said Dr. Matewele.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, listeria is a serious infection that is deadly to people with weak immune systems.

Staph bacteria already resides on our skin and is usually harmless. But it can be deadly if it enters the body through a wound and spreads rapidly.

"Staph infections can turn deadly if the bacteria invade deeper into your body, entering your bloodstream," according to the Mayo Clinic.

A McDonald's representative tells PEOPLE in a statement that "McDonald's assures its customers that regular daily cleaning our our self-order kiosks is policy in all U.S. locations.

"Our kiosks are cleaned using disinfectant cleaner with a microfiber cloth," he added.

McDonald’s plans to install self-service kiosks in 1,000 stores every quarter for the next two years, according to PEOPLE.

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

  • ohdearme

    This isn't surprising, people are filthy and don't believe in washing their hands after they use the restroom, pick their a@@ or their nose. The same applies to the self service lanes at the grocery stores. Always wash your hands after taking your receipt! People are nasty!

  • Coy little wink

    Who eats at McDonald's?

  • KLove

    im starting to become a lot more vigilant when it comes to hand washing....yall ever watch that show "Monsters Inside Me"....the infections folks catch, and the way they catch them...had ya boy shook lol

  • We Can Do This

    Some people hate washing their filthy hands. I keep hand sanitizer with me when eating outside the home.

    Those Kiosks are just as nasty as door handles.

  • Guest


  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    No but it certainly sounds like some weird shht id watch, what station?

  • xenaD

    All I see are crackheads using those on 125! Lol ew.. I do not eat fast food but if I did I for damn sure wouldn’t eat a burger without sanitizing my hands first! Even after I press buttons on elevators.. cooties ??

  • Navybeans95

    Oh lawd..yuck..this writeup made me sick y'all trying to give me a ocd, I already don't like touching gas pumps or door knobs....

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    nasty yuck !!!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    just said this lolololol

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD
  • guest

    Some folks are just nasty #yuck!! Just wash your damn hands!!!

  • MsVAllDay

    That show is something else and sometimes those parasites are in your body for years!!!

  • KLove

    Animal Planet...Im not sure if it still comes on though

  • Harley

    Eww who still eats there?

  • Harley


  • Junkanoo

    The same may hold true for a number of chain restaurants or restaurants in general you really don't know how well restaurants clean their space or if employees bother to wash there hands as often as they should.

  • WhoKnew

    Agreed. Makes you not want to eat out.

  • DroneRivers

    I thought the Brits were supposed to be so refined and proper. /sarcasm Walking around with sh!tty hands. People are nasty AF. But I haven't eaten at McDonald's in 10 years so Doo Doo Doo Doo Dooooo I'm lovin it!

  • dontgetblocked

    At this point, if you're a teenager or adult and you don't clean your hands before you get what you get.

  • Applebootay


  • dontgetblocked

    I've been obsessed for years.

  • Dahl

    Dont you mean bye fecal? That word tickles me for some reason

  • DroneRivers

    Yep, I doubt this is isolated to just McDonald's. Anytime you eat out, you run the risk of touching something nasty. I'd rather just cook my own food.

  • DroneRivers


  • Yui

    ????= ?

    ?? ????= ?

    Simple right?

  • DroneRivers

    I've watched it on Discovery channel. All kinds of parasites and viruses and ish. I'm a handwashing fool!

  • Applebootay

    You Know whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...LOL Yes BYE DINGLE BERRIES....

  • Renee26

    I knew it was a triflin concept... I refuse to use them; will go right to the counter or have an employee work the kiosk...I don't work there. At least employees are supposed to wash their hands; you can't control the public.

  • Li-Wright

    This is probably typical of all screens. Think about it: We go to the toilet, we wipe, some of us wash our hands and some don't. We go back to the cubicle or wherever and we start pressing the touch screen on the tablet or kiosk. I betcha there's more than fecal matter on those screens....but McD said that they wiped the screens occasionally. They can't wipe them every single time someone uses them....what they CAN do is put a box of wipes next to the screen and let the CUSTOMER clean it.

  • tintin

    Well the brits love dem cute doggies so they always picking up their poop

  • Brown & Proud
  • leapyearpisces

    Yep, and them credit card machines to, even if they have the pens.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Oh yes, genius

  • Shira Harding-James

    Those counter tops that you stand at to order are just as’re not safe at the counter or self-serve kiosk

  • dru and neil

    I wouldn’t be surprised if fecal matter was all over the place in public.

  • imright

    ppl dont wash their hands? thats why its up to YOU to wash ur hands before u eat

  • dru and neil

    Oh yes, for sure and I had someone actually make an argument as to why he shouldn’t have to wash his hands after using the restroom, and a lot of times doesn’t. I’ve seen plenty of women walk out the public restroom and never even glance at the sink and soap too.


    Disgusting .. the ppl responsible for cleaning the touchscreen was incompetent

  • Soda

    I remember one story of a man who used the bathroom and when he finished he felt something flapping between his legs. He gripped it and it was a worm! I would have passed out! I'm another, a person could see a worm crawl across his eye! ??

  • Renee26

    Maaan we would've took a trip to the vet after that slap ?

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    McDonald's don't clean NADA! CAN YOU IMAGINE the bacteria on those self serve fountains...
    Folk walk up with cupps they already drank from and all Willie NILLIE refill their cups after drinking from them!! And now Doo Doo on the dayum touch screens.. DISGUSTING!!

  • Society Has Changed

    Call me Ms. OCD Bleach Queen! This is why you don’t touch things and wash ya hands!!! My coworkers think I’m cray cray for always having a paper towel in my hand for door knobs and hand wipes in my purse! ?

  • IamAllnatural

    Or the faucet, atm, shopping cart, shaking hands,...
    Yes I’m borderline OCD!

  • Logan Roberts

    This!!! I usually expect men to be gross. But when I see women doing disgusting shyt I be like who raised you?

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    And THIS is why I don't eat snacks out of bags that people stick their whole darn nasty hand in. Get a napkin and pour the chips on the napkin. Why they gotta stick their entire hand in the bag? Touching ALL OVER the other chips that they don't even pick up, when they grab a hand full for themselves.??. And that's AFTER they've touched the keyboard, door handles, their hair, face, rubbed their hands on their pants, scratched somewhere on their body. Just gross as all héll. Then they have the audacity to look at you like you're "acting funny" when you say you don't even want none. I don't like dandruff, fecál matter, dèad skin cells, eye crust or whatever else on my snacks before I eat it.

  • Navybeans95 keep Clorox wipes everywhere I go...I'm glad it's cold outside because I wear gloves all the kids laugh at me...idc

  • CookieMobster
  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    And the napkin holders, coffee stirrer and the fork, knife and spoon dispenser. I even wash the outside wrapping of my condiments packets. Once you open your ketchup, mayo or mustard, whatever is on the outside of the packets, is now being sqirted all over your food.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I just keep a small jar of vaseline with me because my hands are extremely dry, from me constantly washing them all day.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I dont know if I should laugh or cry looking at this pic. His b?tt looks like its clinched real tight together, to keep the rest of the poop from coming out and staining the legs of his trousers. ??????

    I bet he thought the only thing that was going to come out was a silent fárt. SURPRISE MF!!!???

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I carry hand sanitizer and prolly wash my hands a gazillion times a day. People are Nasty filthy creatures!

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Fries with a side or of sh?t. Smh. Just nasty.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    L0l@ I usually expect men to be gross!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    light switches, the remote, toilet handles, seats on the MARTA train, railings...

  • Eileen

    good night you had me cracking up LOLOLOLOLOLOL for real you covered all of the dirty filthy bases. Yuck!!! LOLOLOLOL

  • leapyearpisces

    Ugh! But that is true.

  • Black4life

    I cook the majority of the time. No processed foods or fast foods, it's hard but necessary. Also, them long has nails with all that gunk under them just nasty.

  • Black4life

    That was disturbing. Don't do that again, please.

  • A D N

    A lot of people enjoy shitttt....bullshittt from men, bullshittt on jobs, bullshitttt from the pastor's begging for money...just eat it all up, so what's the difference.

  • Black4life

    Is that comment " the man penis is on the outside and it's clean argument. Nasty ass. They think if they scratch their balls they shouldn't have to wash their hands. Just nasty.

  • Navybeans95

    Yes ma'am...I spend a lot of money on Lysol, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer...

  • IamAllnatural

    ? so true!

  • the guest

    Their bathrooms are the worst. I never understood how their floors are worse after mopping. Like the mop water is mandated to be filthy. Fries are an occasional treat for our two, and I am not an elitist, but let’s be real McDonalds can step up its cleanliness and hygiene standards.

  • A D N

    He should have removed his shirt and tied it around his waist until he was able to get himself cleaned up.

  • Soon2BWife

    Shit yeah, I want some fries! ???

  • the guest


  • ClaireHuxtable

    Yep. Carry them on every trip.

  • Solstice

    Right!! LOLOLOL ???!! The humane society!

  • dru and neil

    That’s the one!

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I'm not even trying to be funny. I don't care how much I like the snack, I will not eat it, once I see that. And those type folks are ALWAYS acting like you're doing something wrong because you don't want to eat behind them.

  • Malcom Flex

    No shade serious question with everything we know about them:

  • Malcom Flex

    Agree my fam has chilled on McD's and most fast food. Maybe Popeye's every other month but we go to 'better' neighborhoods to buy it.

  • MistaO

    You will find the same results if the average door knob is tested anywhere. The same s hitty, non hand washing people are touching everywhere. Freezer doors at supermarket, gas pumps, signing pens at checkout, atm key pads / touchscreens and the list goes on. To single out McDonald's was just for name recognition and shock value. S hitty hands (and people are everywhere)...

  • We Can Do This

    The pens has the funk on them also.

  • RealATLPeach36

    ADN hows your day? LOL who irked you.

  • lovelygamour

    it doesnt have to be a homeless person. a lot of adults are filthy.

  • Navybeans95

    The pastor passed that plate too many times...lmao...I feel the frustration tho...?

  • TMW

    I haven’t eaten at McDonald’s since that one video that went viral years ago about the hamburger patty. ?

  • Marina

    I’m reality there’s fecal matter on like everything

  • Harley

    Yeah I even have plastic gloves to pump my gas!!

  • Shira Harding-James


  • Society Has Changed

    Yep got those in my glovebox too!

  • justlooking

    This tickled me

  • GuestSTAR

    I feel the same way about In/Out Burgers. Gotta have my fix every couple of weeks. There's one within smelling distance of my job and it be calling me and calling me......

  • Malcom Flex

    They used to be good way way way back in the day. But they're not missing my coins anymore they have many loyal fools, I mean, fans, who enjoy their stuff.

  • Malcom Flex

    In and Out haven't had any in a while. Might get one at the first of the year. There food is seriously good if I wasn't health focused I'd eat there more often, There food is much better than McD's but they're not nationwide.

  • the guest


  • the guest

    Going to “better” areas is the key, but McDonalds even in better areas are still prone to sticky unclean floors.

  • A D N

    LOL. I don't know why that pop in my mind lol

  • A D N


  • pure_rachet

    Yep even on the food prep workers.

  • Marina

    So gross

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Yardgirl

    I was at the airport and this little kid says “mom you did not wash your hand” that saltine says “I did not PEE on my hands”?? Nasty bish just left!! SMH. There was a report on NBC and they showed that airplane trays were the filthiest item on the plane ? Don’t think McD is the only place full of ?? it’s everywhere ewwww

  • iWasteTime

    Fecal Matter found on every touch screen EVERYWHERE!
    Folk are nasty and don't wash their hands or close the toilet lid when they flush ...

  • free

    so the british don't wash their hands when they wipe their arses?

  • Trey

    Technically this is prolly on everywhere....gas pumps...door handles, etc.....always keep hand sanitizer on you or in your car

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_


  • dru and neil

    That poor little kid, SMH..teacher at school is probably teaching them to wash their hands thoroughly and mom at him is telling it’s okay to be nasty....

  • SpillyNillie

    I HATE public touchscreens and gas I keep a JAR of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in the car and on me at all times!

  • Meme


  • Meme

    Totally agreed!!!! Oh my how about when you go shopping and the shop assistant licks their fingers to get the bag open??? Ewww no thank you i do not want to be leaving this shop with your DNA on my bags or worse still your DNA all over the product i just bought!

  • Yardgirl

    Exactly!! Just gross!!

  • Renee26

    He gettin the shot!!

  • Yardgirl

    Word!! Everydamnwhere!! *ewwww*

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    I’m so glad that I don’t eat fast food.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Disgusted asf

  • Blue


  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    I don’t eat fast food and will never EVER EAT OUT IF ANY RESTAURANT.. I used to work in them

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    I bet he dugg in his stuff scratching like a muhhggg and this is what he unearthed and don't realize HE GOT SHAT ALL UP AND THROUGH SEAPING and FINGERS smelling like ALL OF BE DAYUM!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    And a some ketchup!

  • Guess Who

    HOLY SHlT!

  • Guess Who

    I believe Sandra can attest to this.

  • Kayke

    Why would this be surprising?.... it’s a public tool used by many hands.... we know not everybody washes their hands. I’d be more surprised if there wasn’t fecal matter on those machines.

  • SandraRose

    I left London at age 7. There is no need to disparage and insult my country.

  • SG

    Who still eats at McDonalds? ??

  • Guess Who

    Sandra, I legit heard that the British do not wash their hands a lot. Seriously. I also heard that dental care is rare as well.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Right! And that's why I take my own shopping bags when I shop.


    Ya'll negros better stop eating that human flesh!

  • B.Loveitt

    Seen mobile phone statistics, ATM's, salt shaker at restaurants, debit/CC machine at register, self checkout etc. Humans are nasty and use your knuckle if you can.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    It's everywhere and on everything that crosses multiple people's hands. It's on money, items in the store that you touch/pick-up, so it's not easy to avoid. This is like a catch 22 because on one hand, you can keep antibacterial gel and/or sanitizing wipes on deck at all times then your body will build up a resistance to antibiotics, amongst other issues. But then if you don't use germ killing agents when you are out and about, then you risk catching who knows what these days. So maybe carry gloves instead?? S**t, I dunno fam...

  • GrapeCrush


  • lilli lilian

    But why?! I don't understand! Even if they don't wash their hands, why is there poop on them? Is the toilet paper just so thin that it's basically pointless and poop is just seeping through as they wipe? Is it because their crack was so itchy afterwards they did a deep scratch and exit and went straight to order.....I swear I can't wrap my mind around an adult (a sane adult) having poop fingers, snot fingers ok, but so many poop fingers a whole report has to be done....I can't!

  • Shaylove1975

    Im not surprised. They allow people to come in off the street and sit for hours. They poop on the bathroom floors and in the sinks. I saw a man sit at a table and use the bathroom on himself. The workers hands aren't always clean. One thing i learned about that company is they are about their money. They have rats and roaches and people still eat from there.

  • Karen Brady

    I always use a napkin or paper towel to hold gas pump and try to use in knuckle or key on payment pads. Yuck

  • Karen Brady


  • Karen Brady

    You better PREACH THIS TRUTH!!!

  • Karen Brady

    I Hate shaking hands. With anyone. And I run to a sink as soon as I can. I HATE SHAKING HANDS.

  • MJ

    It’s because feces is everywhere. The door they opened to get into the restaurant has feces on it. The credit card pads, the cash, everything. People aren’t clean in general. Just facts. Look at how many people wear shoes inside their home. This alone testifies to how people in general don’t have an understanding of cleanliness. Not surprised.

  • MJ’s not just McDonald’s.

  • Sircaput

    I only eat it when the McRibs come out!

  • TheOwley

    When employees don't wash their hands. I say that applies to all touchscreens not just at Mickey D.

  • SG


  • Jazzy T

    I am not surprised, shyt I seen people take there cell phones in the stall with them (male and female) whilst using the restroom

  • Geena Lyon

    Never use a kiosk!