Real Estate Agent with Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC RB14037276

In these trying times we are reminded daily to wash our hands, not touch our face and stay at home. (although there are many that don't listen). This creates a great danger for those that only go out for essential items.

Here is an important message that needs to be told:

I know of someone who stopped in at their local pharmacy to pick up a prescription.  When they went to pay, using their credit card, asked the pharmacist......

"When was the last time this credit card machine was disinfected"

The response was, "Last night."


 If we are to keep our fingers away from our face, then we shouldn't  put them on these machines, spreading germs to the next person, or all the people during the rest of the day, who are picking up needed medicine, we are in trouble.

This includes all the grocery stores and take-out restaurants where a credit card is used. No wonder they have trouble tracking viruses.

I now make sure I carry a spray bottle disinfectant with me, (I use Thieves spray by Young Living) to spray the machine, buttons and writing wand, as well as my credit card, when I get it back at the drive-thru restaurant.  It is not a cure for diseases, but I sure feel safer.


What are you doing to flatten the curve, as they say?

Comments (10)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Larry Johnston - I went to the pharmacy today on one of my few trips out.  I washed my hands!

Mar 26, 2020 03:34 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Larry that is good advice, I had not thought of that.

Mar 26, 2020 03:42 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

disposible gloves for keypads and gas pumps, then I use sanitizer, then I go home and wash my hands.

Mar 26, 2020 09:28 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Larry. My credit card gets cleaned after every use and if I can't was my hands, hand sanitizer comes into play. Great advice from you! Enjoy your day!

Mar 27, 2020 04:22 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Larry Johnston - I hear you! I drove through the Bank drive-up yesterday (lobby is closed indefinitely). I was really put off by the fact that there was no disinfectants by bank means to send and receive cash or deposit slips through their tunnel into the bank. Yet the guy behind the glass was wearing a mask and was clearly protected. I've also wondered about those stupid machines where they want us to sign with our fingers. Or the gas pumps where we touch the handle to insert gas, the whole bit of unsanitary means for the general public is absurd!!! 

Mar 27, 2020 10:15 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Larry and great to see this blog.  I am with you are credit cards and think they can be a problem of spreading germs.  Keep blogging we miss you.


Mar 28, 2020 09:20 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Larry nice to see you back in the Rain and I told Diane you can not protect yourself from everything... like going to fill up your car with gas... Endre

Mar 28, 2020 11:17 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

I Purell my CC before I put it back in my wallet at stores and gas stations.

May 31, 2020 11:16 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Just checking in to say hello - we haven't seen you around AR in a while..... How's everything going?

Jan 28, 2022 04:49 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

And here we are 4 years later and I am still taking your advice. I spray and wash my hands. I am not taking any excessive chances!


Jan 24, 2024 02:26 PM