Skip to comments.On BART Trains, the Seats Are Taken (by Bacteria)
Posted on 03/05/2011 10:48:41 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
Carrie Nee prefers to stand during her half-hour commute on BART from San Leandro to downtown San Francisco. Although the trains blue fabric seats are plush and comfortable, Ms. Nee refuses to sit on them.
As Bob Franklin, the BART board president, acknowledged, People dont know whats in there.
Now they do.
Fecal and skin-borne bacteria resistant to antibiotics were found in a seat on a train headed from Daly City to Dublin/Pleasanton. Further testing on the skin-borne bacteria showed characteristics of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, the drug-resistant bacterium that causes potentially lethal infections, although Ms. Franklin cautioned that the MRSA findings were preliminary.
High concentrations of at least nine bacteria strains and several types of mold were found on the seat. Even after Ms. Franklin cleaned the cushion with an alcohol wipe, potentially harmful bacteria were found growing in the fabric.
MRSA is known as the superbug because it is resistant to antibiotics. It infects people through open wounds, attacking the immune system; 19,000 deaths each year are related to MRSA infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Theres a probability that it is MRSA, but more tests would need to be done, Ms. Franklin said. Somebody probably was wearing shorts and had an infection, and there you go. It is concerning.
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I don’t touch anything on those trains; very gross
I had a perfectly smart remark for the headline......
And now you’ve made me forget what it was!
Reason number 3,276 not to live in San Francisco.
Although undoubtedly true that this bacteria is in the seats, it’s probably all over the train and all over things you touch everyday, like money.
The problem is people who try to live in a plastic bubble just wind up more susceptible to germs in the end, because it is exposure to bacteria that allows the human body to build up defenses. The human body is not fragile.
If she rides dressed like that I don’t blame her for not sitting down. She is practically exposed.
Maybe they should check out her bicycle seat.
I’m getting worried about bedbugs as well! You can pick them up from upholstered things. Like in a movie theatre.
I think upholstered seating on public transit is stupid.
It is interesting that the article exposing the filthiness of California transit is written in bedbug infested New York.
That chick is the dictionary definition of “Cool while utter chaos reigns in a confined space.”
Two words: "Weaponized Smallpox"
At least the airlines are waking up and ordering faux leather seats for their planes. Those at least get a quick spray and wipe before boarding.
And, in a related story....bicycle seat sniffers throughout the world are going nuts at the moment.
After reading about the filthy fecal and E. coli contaminated shopping cart handles all over the country, I certainly wouldn’t trust train seats around San Francisco. Too many people who don’t use soap and water in this country.
The whole world has germs. Better to just accept it.
I used to leave the shopping cart child seat extended and put fragile stuff like eggs there rather than down in the cart. UNTIL...I was at the store and witnessed a woman changing a baby on that spot. Now I fold up the seat and I use the sanitary wipes at the entrance by the carts and wipe the handle and the bottom of the cart. People look at me like I’m nuts, but that’s fine by me.
I don’t use the big carts with seats. I only use the small ones with no rug-rat seat.....anyway what you said is good to remember.
Agree with you on the public toilets. Gross doesn’t even begin. I’ll cross my legs before using a public toilet. Just get me home quickly.
It’s also not just the grocery cart handles but the seat where little kids and their dirty diapers sit. And then we plop our fresh produce there...
As for the gal from the article, ick. Honey, if you’d put on some clothes, you might not catch something and you might not give someone else whatever is crawling out from those panties.
If that was my daughter showing her ass (and whatever else) like that in public I’d tan her butt......
should change their name to -
” like money.”
Singles are the filthiest! They only last for a matter of months, then are shredded and dumped in landfills. And when you get the ones that have been “sanitized” and perfumed? Puke! Gimme dollar coins. They last for decades, and the actual metals used have bactericide properties.
“That chick is the dictionary definition of Cool while utter chaos reigns in a confined space.”
Also, situationally unaware, while Not Carrying.
The biggest problem with public transit is that it is public.
Think about all the germs going through airport security. Everyone takes their shoes off and puts them in a plastic container. Then the containers get recycled and you put your stuff in one. It sickens me to think of what’s in those containers.
I’ve made the decision to never fly again unless hog tied and forced to do so. If I’d thought of the creepy crawlers getting on my watch and wallet I’d probably have stopped flying long ago. And I don’t even want to think of what’s on the seat upholstery.
Did anybody else notice that the person named Franklin in the article changes sex in the article. Unless the lady is named Bob.
The old movie theater I used to go to as a kid had what appeared to be smooth plastic covered seats. “appeared” since at one time they were plush too.
Many chain grocery stores in California provide sanitary wipes at the cart corral precisely so you can wipe them down.
Kroger does that here in Ohio.
I wouldn’t pick up a 5 dollar bill if I dropped in San Francisco.
I had the same thought. She's indecent!
Agree with you on the public toilets. Gross doesnt even begin.
She has her hand on (or in) that bag over her shoulder...ya never know -- and that's a good thing... ;-)
In a nostalgic vein, I remember riding my bike to our public library when I was a wee tad. Big luxurious upholstered chairs scattered around there. I’d get a few books and relax in one of those big upholstered chairs. Clean and comfortable. And a thing of the past, I guess.
I noticed that too! Ms. Bob Franklin! Well, this IS San Francisco...