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Penn Station toilets aren't the most bacteria-ridden surfaces in NYC

February 17, 2019 - 1:14 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) A Hoboken businessman was stunned at the results he found after using a handheld testing device to examine the number of bacteria on ATMs throughout New York City.

Mike Brown told The New York Post that he tested 20 ATMs from Times Square to the West Village.

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Bacteria counts on ATMs far surpassed levels Brown found on a subway pole, a park bench, or even the handle of a public toilet at Penn Station.

Card readers in particular had about twice as much bacteria as keypads and touch screens on ATMs.

“You go to any ATM and you can see the fingerprints on the touch screen, so that may get wiped, but nobody ever sees what’s going on inside the card-reader,” Brown told the Post.