Big Mac with a side or­der of flu?

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - C J BRADY Har­ling­ton, Middx

READER Jan­ice Franklin spot­ted this fox peer­ing at her from her gar­den in Bel­mont Close, Uxbridge, dur­ing re­cent frosty weather and look­ing for a bite to eat.

If you have a pic­ture you would like to be fea­tured on this page then please email it to steve. bax@trin­i­tymir­ror. com and in­clude full de­tails of where and when the pic­ture was taken. I AM sure that the ma­jor­ity of par­ents with young kids are de­lighted that McDon­alds in Hayes and else­where has be­come so child friendly with the new touch-screen game pads. Prof­its must be soar­ing.

But McDon­alds is es­sen­tially a fin­ger-food out­let and es­pe­cially so for young kids. So it with alarm that I see both kids and adults play with the new communal touch screens for order­ing ‘food’ and then for play­ing video games whilst eat­ing it.

Yet th­ese screens are filthy – rarely if ever cleaned. Yet kids (and adults) not only do not wash their hands first but eat with their fin­gers whilst touch­ing the screens. Th­ese screens must har­bour mil­lions of bac­te­ria in­clud­ing fae­cal mat­ter.

Ba­si­cally McDon­alds is boost­ing its prof­its by po­ten­tially in­fect­ing its young cus­tomers with child­hood dis­eases of all kinds.

To­day I saw a young woman with a stream­ing cold use one of the touch screens. She left, only to be re­placed by a young fam­ily of chil­dren who im­me­di­ately started to play a game on the same screen. Colds and flu all round any­one?

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