A woman has revealed the disgusting reason why you should never use the swim-up bars at resort pools.
For many of us, the idea of swimming up to a bar on a poolside holiday sounds like the stuff of dreams.
However, one TikToker has revealed that these swim-up bars are actually rather nightmarish locations.
She shared a video explaining the dark truth about these vacation drinking areas.
And it’s safe to say, the internet is feeling pretty grossed out.
A TikTok video, which now has over four million views, was posted by user @twofoodpiggies.
In it, she shows a swim-up bar at her holiday location in California.
The voice-over in the clip says: “Vacation pro-tip, do not hang out in the pool where the swim-up bar is. There was literally intoxicated guests admitting that they were peeing in the pool here.”
She adds: “One girl didn’t understand why some people were leaving the pool to use the washroom.”
One user comments underneath, seemingly confirming the TikToker’s rumours.
They write: “I’ve stayed at this hotel, I watched people sit at the pool bar, drink all day and not get out. I did not use that pool.”
However, the TikTok post has gained a mixed response online.
@twofoodpiggies One girl didn’t understand why some people were leaving the pool to use the washroom 😳 #riubajacalifornia #swimupbar #poolaccident ♬
One commenter writes: “Real pro tip, be the first to do it. Chess not checkers.”
“All swim-up bars are toilets,” another laughs.
“As a collegiate swimmer, I promise we all peed in the pool every day,” a third affirms.
“The amount of people admitting peeing in a pool in this comment section disgusts me,” one revolted user hits back.
Another commenter writes on Facebook: “As ugly as it is, I do expect people to pee in the pool. And as by the nature of fluids, they mix up, so it doesn’t matter if you go to the bar or not. Happy swimming!”
While someone else claims: “Just come back from Mexico. Worst swim-up bar ever, an overcrowded adults-only pool full of very drunk people who must all have been p***ing in that pool.
“The hotel even had a wheelchair to cart off the drunk people who were incapable of actually getting out if it!
“No way was I getting in that p***y pool. On occasion, it also had vomit in it!!! Vile.”
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And it turns out, there is one very specific way to tell if your pool is dirty with bodily fluids – although, it’s not what you think.
If your pool smells strongly of chlorine, this odour is caused by chemicals called chloramines, and they’re created when chlorine in water reacts with sweat, natural body oils, and urine of those in the pool.
“That ‘chlorine’ smell at the pool isn’t actually chlorine,” said Chris Wiant, chair of the US Water Quality and Health Council, tells The Independent.
“What you smell are chemicals that form when chlorine mixes with pee, sweat and dirt from swimmers’ bodies.”