The other day I bought a Dr. Pepper at a convenience store. After I opened it and before I took a sip, I happened to glance at the top of the can and noticed all kinds of little black specks on the can. They looked like black pepper but they could have just as easily been rat shit.
Have you ever thought about where a can or bottle has been and who has touched it before you put that thing to your lips? At the very least, since it left the semi-sanitized conditions under which it was bottled or canned, it has been (a) in a warehouse, (b) in the back of a truck, (c) on various and sundry dollies, (d) touched by delivery men, store clerks, other shoppers and last but certainly not least (e) crawled on by God knows what type of vermin and/or insect.
Yet, have you ever seen anyone wash off the top of a can or bottle before they drink from it? Oh, you will occasionally see someone give it a perfunctory wipe but that ain’t gonna smote no rat turd funk or convenience store clerk sneeze spit germs.
So, you think you’ll solve the problem by pouring the canned drink into a glass before you drink it? Look where the tab goes when you open the can…INSIDE the drink. You think a bottled drink is cleaner? Where is your bottom lip when you take a nice big frosty swig?
Ah, so many things to gross me out and so little time.