Yeah, well it looked safe enough.
Straight hamburger and chips, no big deal.
Except 2 hours later, cramps like dying. Upchucks more violent than a volcano. And you don’t want to know about the runs.
Don’t blame the restaurant
But forget about suing anyone.
79 people ahead of this one ordered burger and chips. 38 people after.
None of them had anything wrong. Somebody having a laugh?
How come one case of “food poisoning” when everyone else was clean?
Clean – hold that thought.
As in clean hands.
Except it didn’t happen, did it?
The price of forgetfulness
Like doing the ton-up with eyes shut – on bald tyres, with no brakes or seatbelt.
Yeah, possible to get away with it once. Maybe even twice.
But keep chowing that burger without soap and water first – crashed and burned is inevitable.
Like hitting a brick wall. Gruesome at home, solo. Not nice either, at A&E. Better pray the stomach pump works. That dehydration doesn’t crash the body completely.
Dead from a hamburger?
Not unless it lodged in the throat – a Heimlich manoeuvre gone screwy. Not unless it was murder – strychnine or arsenic laced on top.
Hot off the grill
Because a burger gets cooked from frozen – dropped on the grill where it sizzles and does its thing at 155°F – that’s 68°C – too hot for germs like e.coli or salmonella. No food poisoning there.
Ah, but the hands that unwrap it and scoff it. On average, walking down the street, 10 million microbes on each hand. 20 million on both.
Yeah sure, plenty of harmless stuff, nothing to worry about.
Plenty of bad stuff as well. Like faecal matter from being careless in the loo. And all the usual suspects – e.coli, salmonella, clostridium difficile, campylobacter, MRSA, flu and norovirus. Too small to see, but there anyway – just waiting for an opportunity.
Any one of those – crash and burn big time. Only about 100 deaths each per bug. Annoying reality though – dead unfortunately means dead. No chance to go round and wash hands again. Too late to say sorry.
Better to live
Reality means gone to the big fast food joint in the sky.
Time to slow down. Take it easy, wash hands first.
A lot less of a health hazard.
More chance of living to a ripe old age.
Originally posted 2015-11-02 17:13:15.