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Mother sends samples of the inside of fast food restaurant playlands kids are playing in a buffet of Staphylococcus, Meningitis, Gonorrhea, Feces

WATCH: McDonald's Playlands Are 'Absolutely Disgusting'

Posted: 7/13/11 06:01 PM ET

Playland Contaminated

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Mother of four and developmental psychologist Erin Carr-Jordan has videotaped more than 50 playlands from fast food restaurants such as Burger King, Chuck E. Cheese's and McDonald's. Her results are not pretty. She sent samples from one location to a lab, which discovered 13 different pathogens that are able to cause disease in children-coliform, four different kinds of staph, likely meningitis and gonorrhea, and more.

Watch Carr-Jordan's tour of the contaminated areas below and learn more about the corporations' responses at the Los Angeles Times.


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by on Jul. 16, 2011 at 12:04 AM
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by on Jul. 18, 2011 at 1:23 PM

'Likely" meningitis? Meningitis is an inflammation of the meningus (the lining of the spine and brain), not a bacterium. There are myriad ways to get meningitis, bacteria and viruses among them. There is one influenza virus that has been named as a culprit... but 'likely meningitis' is certainly NOT what was written on any lab report of this kind. More likely, she googled the words she didn't recognize and picked out the most-horrible-sounding things those bacteria ever cause... rather than the actually most likely possibilities.

There is a serious problem with the science in this reporting, not the least this 'helpful' comment: A reporter crawled through a few minutes later to find sticky surfaces, filmy windows, several broken pieces of equipment, food morsels in every compartment, trapped hair, garbage and thick black schmutz in most crevices.)

In what way is 'broken equipment' or 'graffiti' related to disease?

I don't have any idea what kind of play this dingbat believes her children are involved in, but who licks the corners and crevices of any play structure? What difference do filmy windows make? Normal wear and tear (and cleaning with harsh pathogen-killing chemicals) will do that to plexiglass, and we all know the horrors of real glass, so there's none of that.

This is a variety of fairly extreme germophobia --the 'trash' she notes are what appear to be straw papers. OMG! NOT PAPER!!!

She says 'will get into your child's stomach and likely kill them.'

"Likely," again? It's amazing anyone's survived.

She's a little confused about what finding traces of coliforms and even fecal matter means... first of all, it's everywhere (including recently sterilized surfaces that were not immediately packaged aseptically.) It's already on the kid's feet when they put their socks on, especially if they live somewhere gross that has the bath in the same room with the toilet. Add to that the many other animals that excrete coliforms wtih their poop, and remember dogs and birds do that right on the open ground --contaminating people's shoes... so how is it 'likely human feces'? It's extremely likely to be a very large variety, possibly even worm poo.

Calm down, lady. Perhaps the reason there are not public health standards is because there is no public health risk, putting this neatly into the category of 'what a total waste of money.'



by on Jul. 19, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Yep, that's why I don't let my kids play in them. They don't clean them.

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