An Arizona mother has launched a campaign against unsanitary conditions at fast-food restaurant playgrounds, saying that ball pits and other play equipment for children are too often filthy and crawling with potentially dangerous bacteria.
Erin Carr-Jordan, a developmental psychologist, has visited more than 50 play areas at fast-food restaurants in the United States to document the sanitary conditions and draw attention to the need for regulations on disinfection practices, the Chicago Tribune reports.
She has undertaken the campaign while on a summer road trip with her family, motivated by a recent visit with her toddler to a filthy McDonald’s playground back home in Arizona.
"It was unacceptable, completely unacceptable," a McDonalds representative told the Chicago Tribune.
Carr-Jordan told a CBS station in California that lab tests of swabs from playgrounds found meningitis and gonorrhea, as well as “coli forms which is indicative of fecal matter and if you found that in any pool you have to actually close the pool down.”
Carr-Jordan posted a video on YouTube explaining the “shocking discovery of what is really lurking in children's playlands,” and the lack of safety regulations.