Study: New Yorkers, Washing Hands Do Not Mix

When It Ciomes To Public Bathrooms We're Always In A Rush

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — You’d think after last year’s swine flu pandemic everyone would be washing their hands frequently, especially after using a public bathroom.

Well, as CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport reports, a dirty secret has been revealed.

Hands down, you’d think this one would be a no-brainer.

“Yes, every time, and I carry hand sanitizer,” teacher Erica Lair said when asked if she always washes her hands.

But according to a new study, New York came out last in a ranking of how many people wash their hands after using a public bathroom.

“Not my problem. I’ve got my own problems,” one person said.

The study, which looked at six public facilities in four cities, found Penn Station was the worst with 21 percent of bathroom goers skipping the soap and sink, followed by Grand Central Station where 19 percent didn’t wash.

“That’s disgusting,” one person said.

“What it says about New Yorkers is that New Yorkers are in a hurry I think,” said Barbara Hyde of the American Society of Microbiology.

New York women were cited as the dirtiest. The survey said 17 percent didn’t wash their hands at Penn Station and Grand Central Station.

“That’s not true. That can’t be true. No!” Lair said with a laugh.

On Tuesday at the bathroom in Penn Station we were happy to report the vast majority were washing away — with a couple of exceptions who must’ve forgot.

And in fact this is how the study was done — researchers observing the hand-washing habits of more than 6,000 people.

“If that’s the way they choose to spend their time that’s okay,” one woman said.

Yeah, perhaps the researchers had a little too much free time on their hands. But if it gets people to “get their wash on” we’ll all be a little better and cleaner.

The good news according to the study is overall in all four cities 85 percent of adult bathroom goers washed their hands. That’s an increase from 77 percent in 2007.

  • Dan Te

    You need a study to tell you that New York women are diseased skanks?

  • smith tom

    Great, now do a study on food handler at the local bakary etc. you will be surprise how many worker grab money with the same gloves they grab the food, NYC

  • Big Daddy Dawg

    What doesn’t make sense, from a sanitary POV, is to wash one’s hands then touch the faucet or door knob.

  • Hugh Jarce

    New Yorkers and humanity don’t mix either.

  • tin

    They believe their junk isn’t dirty,,,or it so dirty they don’t even want to touch it

  • Josh

    LOL, all the years I’ve lived in New York. What a joke story!!! What you should really be concerned about is the street vendors…Where do they go to the bathroom???

  • Wan He

    Is anyone really shocked to find out New Yorkers are the nastiest people in the country?

  • Dan Te

    To all you cows that love to eat salad. Just think about the hands that pick it, the hands that packed it, the hands that tossed it. Mm mm… fresh!

    Why is it always the fattest animals on earth that are vegetarian?

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