The Underground has gone to the rats today RHUers! If you are just joining us, this hit the news wire right as I was posting two other rat-themed stories below! (one is real and the other involves rats of the discount kind!)
Rats in NY eatiers have always been a problem but now that just about everyone is armed with a video camera on their smart phone, I have a feeling we will see more of these episodes!
The rat in this video makes me think of a fast food Remy....could this be the plot of Ratatouille?
From NY Daily News:
A Bronx resident said he saw the rats nibbling on croissants and donuts at the Garment District eatery. 'Toward the end, there were seven to nine joining in the festivities!' he said. The store has been closed with the health department citing 'severe rodent infestation,' and 'inadequate hand washing facilities and food not being protected from contamination.'
Here's proof that the rat race is truly alive and kicking in New York City.
Shocking footage has emerged that apparently shows vermin creeping and crawling all over food at a since shuttered popular Manhattan Dunkin' Donuts store about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.
A 52-year-old Bronx resident, who asked to be identified as Pjayone, recorded the clips with his cellphone camera.
They show rats crawling up window curtains, scurrying over a display rack and through open food containers.
Pjayone says that the videos he shot at this 37th St. and 8th Ave. location compelled his friends to rechristen the Garment District as the "Varmint District."
"I work all over the city," he told the Daily News. "It's usually a common place thing that I see all around."
But this time the all-out rodent food-fest was too disgusting to go undocumented.
The Gothamist first reported on Pjayone's nauseating discovery — since then it’s truly gone viral. And he is happy about that because he feels "this stuff has gotta get out."
Pjayone told The News that the rats came out while a worker was stocking the food racks with fresh donuts for the morning opening.
"There's no way he could of missed that!" Pjayone said. "He was totally lackadaisical. He couldn't care less."
But the rats truly came out to play after the human left, according to Pjayone.
"Toward the end, there were seven to nine joining in the festivities," he said.
Pjayone said his cellphone died before he could record the worst of it. But he did manage to find something he found peculiar: a rat stuck high up in the store's front window.
"It was crazy seeing the one stuck in the glass," Pjayone said. "What was he doing up there? Meanwhile while he's up there, his friends are at the party on the rack!"
In an email from the NYC Health Department to the Daily News they referred to the situation as "severe" after inspecting the store on Wednesday.
"The establishment was closed by the Department because of conditions that could not be corrected at the time of the inspection, including a severe rodent infestation that requires professional pest control services," they stated. "They were also cited for other critical violations, including inadequate hand washing facilities and food not being protected from contamination."
The Dunkin' Donuts at 265 W. 37th St. declined to comment when contacted by the Daily News.