Maybe it’s time to dig out that Chicco hook-on chair that’s gone unused for a while. My friend Noah at Squid Ink posted about disturbing — OK, totally GROSS — results of a new study of high chairs in 30 U.S. restaurants. Some 147 bacteria were found on high chairs, compared to eight on public toilets per square centimeter on average. Keep in mind, however, that an antibacterial product manufacturer sponsored the study.
Just curious: might these facts deter you from using high chairs in restaurants? Or will you do more research, in case this is more propaganda fueling the Parental Neurosis Industrial Complex? Or just hold the kid in your lap, which often happens anyway? I’ll always continue to note whether or not a restaurant has high chairs. But this news story should be good for sales of portable chairs, antibacterial wipes, and possibly those shopping cart covers that always strike me as kind of silly.
As for that first photo that runs with the Daily Mail article: show me a restaurant that stocks those adorable designy high chairs. The study might be based on American subjects, but no way could that pic have been taken in the U.S.