If you’ve ever had the pleasure of riding on the famously efficient and even more famously filthy New York City mass transit system, you know that germs are lurking on each and every pole, door, and hard plastic seat. As a former New Yorker myself, there are plenty of dares I’d take with a smirk on my face… but I’d be hard pressed to accept the challenge of flipping off the lights and turning on a black light. I’m sure you’d find more bodily fluids on one subway car than on the set of ‘Deep Throat.’
Well now, one company has come up with a solution and it’s nothing to ‘sneeze’ at. The company has has designed a disposable product called MetroMitt which they began distributing for free this week at the city’s busiest subway stations, as reported by AOL News.
President and co-founder Jason Lipton spoke about MetroMitt saying, “Any time you touch a subway pole or handrail in New York City you are contaminated until you wash your hands thoroughly. There are thousands upon millions of people touching them every day.” (Insert vomit noise here) He continued stating, “Now people can come and go on the subway without worrying about transferring that bacteria.”
Now that all sounds fine and cleanly… however, if there’s one thing the mass transit system has no shortage of, it’s crap and debris all over the floors. There is literally trash everywhere. In fact, if my memory serves me correctly, I’m pretty sure the only areas that aren’t littered with cigarette butts, tiny papers, wads of gum, etc. are the few square feet protected by underground performers and the homeless. The report confirms that “even if Lipton and his colleagues encourage customers to recycle the mitts, that concern was on the minds of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs New York City’s buses and trains.”
In fact, forget the aesthetic effect. As it turns out, this particular kind of mass littering could be down right dangerous. Kevin Ortiz, an MTA spokesman, said “these ‘mitts’ can possibly end up on the track bed clogging drains or increasing the likelihood of a track fire.”
We’ll have to see how New Yorkers respond to this new – less than fashionable – yet healthy alternative to marinating in the filth of all the fellow men who stood there gripping that pole before you. Personally, I don’t care about germs. I’d rather lather up in grime my city has to offer and actually enjoy my day and simply take a nice soapy shower or squirt some hand sanitizer on before I eat. I mean, where does it end? Do we not share weights at the gym anymore without wearing our hypochondriac poncho?
I feel it most appropriate to sum up this article and my belief with what my favorite fellow New Yorka’ George Carlin once said when speaking about germs… “Take a fu*king chance!”
(Image from AOL News)