Don't Sh*t where you Eat! (Ladies!!)

wimic

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This was forwarded to me in an email recently. It's a little long winded - but it's an eye opener.

Have you ever noticed gals who sit their purses on public restroom floors - that go directly to their dining tables? Happens a lot! It's not always the
'restaurant food' that causes stomach distress. Sometimes "what you don't
know 'will' hurt you"! Read on...Mom got so upset when a guest came in the
door and plopped their purses down on the counter where she was cooking or
setting up the buffet. She always said that purses are really dirty,
because of Where they have been. Smart Momma!!!It's something just about
every woman carries with them. While we mayknow what's inside our purses,
do you have any idea what's on the outside? Shauna Lake put purses to the
test - for bacteria - with surprising results. You may think twice about
where you put your purse. Women carry purses everywhere; from the office to public restrooms to the floor of the car. Most women won't be
caught without their purses, but did you ever stop to think about where
your purse goes during the day?"I drive a school bus, so my purse has been
on the floor of the bus a lot," says one woman. "On the floor of my car,
probably in restrooms." "I put my purse in grocery shopping carts, on the
floor of bathroom stalls while changing a diaper," says another woman and
of course in my home which should be clean."We decided to find out if
purses harbor a lot of bacteria. We learned how to test them at Nelson
Laboratories in Salt Lake, then we set out to test the average woman's
purse.Most women told us they didn't stop to think about what was on the
bottom of their purse. Most said they usually set their purses on top of
kitchen tables and counters where food is prepared. Most of the ladieswe
talked to told us they wouldn't be surprised if their purses were at
least a little bit dirty.It turns out purses are so surprisingly dirty,
even the microbiologist who tested them was shocked. Microbiologist Amy
Karren of Nelson Labssays nearly all of the purses tested were not only
high in bacteria, but high in harmful kinds of bacteria.Pseudomonas can
cause eye infections, staphylococcus aurous can cause serious skin
infections, and salmonella and e-coli found on the pursescould make people
very sick. In one sampling, four of five purses tested positive for
salmonella, and that's not the worst of it. "There is fecal contamination
on the purses," says Amy.Leather or vinyl purses tended to be cleaner than
cloth purses, and lifestyle seemed to play a role. People with kids tended
to have dirtier purses than those without, with one exception. The purse of
one single woman who frequented nightclubs had one of the worst
contaminations of all. "Some type of feces, or even possibly vomit or
something like that," says Amy.So the moral of this story - your purse
won't kill you, but it does has the potential to make you very sick if you
keep it on places where you seat. Use hooks to hang your purse at home and
in restrooms, and don't put it on your desk, a restaurant table, or on your
kitchen countertop.Experts say you should think of your purse the same way
you would a pair of shoes. "If you think about putting a pair of shoes onto
your countertops, that's the same thing you're doing when you put your
purse on the countertops" - your purse has gone where every individual
before you has spat, coughed, urinated, emptied bowels, etc! Do you really
want to bring that home with you?The microbiologists at Nelson also said
cleaning a purse will help. Wash cloth purses and use leather cleaner to
clean the bottom of leather purses.THIS IS WORTH SHARING!!!
 
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Lau

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I've heard this before, and yes, it is gross. After I'd heard it though, I don't think I'd ever put a bag on the floor of a toilet, and I don't think I'd put a bag on a kitchen worktop or somewhere that I'd prepare food (partly because most of my bags could definitely do with a wash), but I possibly have done it without thinking. I know I wouldn't think twice about putting a carrier bag full of food down on the street to find my keys, and thinking about it I'd then put it down in the kitchen. I'm also definitely prone to chucking my bag under a table in a restaurant or pub.

I'm not sure it's just for ladies though — I carry messenger bags and rucksacks usually, and so I think it's something everyone could look out for — in fact it's more likely to be larger bags that you have to dump on dirty floors while you do something else as they're heavier and bulkier. Handbag sized bags you can still wear when you pee or hang on a chair back in a pub.

Having said that, the idea's gross, but I wonder how hard it actually is to get food poisoning from it — there's lots of stuff that's been touching dirty things — shoes, jean hems, socks in changing rooms in shops, handrails, all sorts of stuff. I don't worry too much about that kind of thing unless something's really obviously disgusting) and have never had food poisoning, so maybe a few germs boost your immune system. :p
 

azzurri000

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I'm a bit of a germophobe, so I never put anything on the floor in the bathroom, including a purse. Ick, though. Reading this article really makes me want to go and clean my favourite purse...
 

spicyapple

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There are hooks on most bathroom stalls where you can hang your handbag. Disgusting just thinking about it!
 

joepunk

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Aug 5, 2004
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I use those hanger things on the restroom doors all the time. But on the occasion that there are none then my shoulder-bag does go on the ground as far away from where I'm taking a cr*p as possible.

Oh, and remote controls for hotel/motel TVs are also very disgusting and contaminated by people who don't wash after taking a cr*p.
 

Sdashiki

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Aug 11, 2005
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I can understand how ANYTHING on a bathroom floor could be seen as "dirty" I would like to think that a female bathroom is at least cleaner than a male bathroom.

Men can aim, women can not.

Men think its awesome to pee on a public toilet, everywhere BUT the toilet.

So its my thought process that the floor of a girls bathroom has had nothing but a mop, bleach, toilet paper, and perhaps the occasional vomitous mass on it.

While a mans bathroom has had anything and everything touch its floor.

So I dont think a purse on a bathroom floor, of a ladies room, is so bad when you think about it.

"What are you doing"
"Throwing these shoelaces away"
"Why?"
"They touched the floor of the men's bathroom"
-Seinfeld
 

ziwi

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Jan 6, 2004
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Right back where I started...
What about shoes - they are everywhere you don't want to be....think of what must be on the bottom of them - always take them off lest you track the 'mud' and bacteria around your house...

...hey, what's for dinner? ;)
 

Spock

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Sdashiki said:
I can understand how ANYTHING on a bathroom floor could be seen as "dirty" I would like to think that a female bathroom is at least cleaner than a male bathroom.
Yeah ok.
 

PlaceofDis

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this is just like how doorknobs are dirtier than toilet seats. makes sense. and disturbing how dirty some things are. ew.
 

Sdashiki

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Spock said:
wuts the problem?

if someone gave me a choice:

eat something off a mens bathroom floor
eat something off a womans bathroom floor

id choose the womans.

but if I had another choice, id punch the person asking me to do this stupid thing and run like hell.
 

Josh

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Sdashiki said:
wuts the problem?

if someone gave me a choice:

eat something off a mens bathroom floor
eat something off a womans bathroom floor

id choose the womans.

but if I had another choice, id punch the person asking me to do this stupid thing and run like hell.
Given that I've been in both spaces on several occasions...

The men's room has ALWAYS, without question, been MUCH cleaner than the women's room.

Even if I thought the men's room was the most vile place on Earth, the ladies would always surprise me.

I've yet to find a men's room at the same place that is dirtier than the women's room.

The ladies room is a filthy, filthy place.
 
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