I will admit that I am a bit of a germaphobe, so it disturbed me after I read this article here. It looks like cash machines (ATMs) are a cesspool for germs and are “as dirty as toilets.” Tests were done in England where it was found that “ATM machines were shown to be heavily contaminated with bacteria; to the same level as nearby public lavatories.”
Scientists took samples from ATMs and reported that ATMs “were found to contain pseudomonads and bacillus, bacterias which are known to cause sickness and diarrhoea.”
Wow, I always figured paper money and coins harbored many germs due to the amount of people interacting with them, but I never gave ATMs a second thought. I guess I will be washing my hands after each visit to the ATM from now on.