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banyon
02-23-2007, 12:48 PM
On Video: Rats Invade NYC Fast Food Restaurant
(CBS) NEW YORK They are big. A pound or a pound and a half. Rats! Plump, healthy-looking and oh-so-agile.

New York CBS station WCBS-TV cameras caught dozens of them early Friday morning through the window of this closed KFC-Taco Bell in New York's Greenwich Village.

And now WCBS-TV has learned that the Department of Health will keep the restaurant closed until it can reinspect it.

Rat infestations are not a new problem for this KFC.

Just last December, the city's Health Department cited this KFC for evidence of "live rats present in the facility's food and non food areas."

The franchise was also cited rats on at least three previous occasions by the Department of Health since 2004.

But according to the Health Department Web site, the rat problems had been addressed. This was clearly not the case from what WCBS-TV cameras caught Friday morning.

Our cameras were rolling as rats invaded the popular eatery. Watch the amazing video as rats can be seen running, playing and eating leftovers off the floor of the restaurant at Sixth Avenue and West 4th Street.

These brazen rodents were seen scurrying across the floor right where diners would be sitting. They were foraging for food under the garbage cans and in the remains of dinner left on the floor.

Some frisky fellows even jumped up on the food trays, leaping from table to table like they were on an obstacle course and trying, but having trouble, climbing back down the chairs.

One was even perched on the ATM right by the front door:

"I've seen a lot of disgusting rats in the KFC. I love to eat at KFC but this is disgusting," said Tameeka St. Jean.

According to people at the scene, the popular restaurant was open until 11 p.m. Thursday night. Others told WCBS-TV that the problem has been going on for weeks.

Neighbor Susan Quimbyn said, "It's disgusting, and I am so glad you all are here to do something about it. Obviously things fall through the cracks. I'd like to interview the employees to see if they are aware of the situation."

And so would we. But so far, no employees have shown up for work, and no owner or manager has responded to our phone calls and e-mails.

Only a man claiming to be a former employee spoke with WCBS-TV. He said he quit after one month because of what he called "filthy conditions."

"I quit because it was nasty. They don't use gloves to make the food. They use the same grease day after day after day. At night, the manager told me to put the chairs up. We don't sweep; we don't mop. So that's what the rats are eating off, the stuff that's left on the floors," said Marcus Bonner, who claimed to be a former employee.

video (http://wfrv.com/topstories/topstories_story_054095744.html)

banyon
02-23-2007, 12:51 PM
Maybe PETA will step in and stand against trying to deny these intelligent animals equal access to food.

Pestilence
02-23-2007, 01:32 PM
On Video: Rats Invade NYC Fast Food Restaurant
(CBS) NEW YORK They are big. A pound or a pound and a half. Rats! Plump, healthy-looking and oh-so-agile.

New York CBS station WCBS-TV cameras caught dozens of them early Friday morning through the window of this closed KFC-Taco Bell in New York's Greenwich Village.

And now WCBS-TV has learned that the Department of Health will keep the restaurant closed until it can reinspect it.

Rat infestations are not a new problem for this KFC.

Just last December, the city's Health Department cited this KFC for evidence of "live rats present in the facility's food and non food areas."

The franchise was also cited rats on at least three previous occasions by the Department of Health since 2004.

But according to the Health Department Web site, the rat problems had been addressed. This was clearly not the case from what WCBS-TV cameras caught Friday morning.

Our cameras were rolling as rats invaded the popular eatery. Watch the amazing video as rats can be seen running, playing and eating leftovers off the floor of the restaurant at Sixth Avenue and West 4th Street.

These brazen rodents were seen scurrying across the floor right where diners would be sitting. They were foraging for food under the garbage cans and in the remains of dinner left on the floor.

Some frisky fellows even jumped up on the food trays, leaping from table to table like they were on an obstacle course and trying, but having trouble, climbing back down the chairs.

One was even perched on the ATM right by the front door:

"I've seen a lot of disgusting rats in the KFC. I love to eat at KFC but this is disgusting," said Tameeka St. Jean.
According to people at the scene, the popular restaurant was open until 11 p.m. Thursday night. Others told WCBS-TV that the problem has been going on for weeks.

Neighbor Susan Quimbyn said, "It's disgusting, and I am so glad you all are here to do something about it. Obviously things fall through the cracks. I'd like to interview the employees to see if they are aware of the situation."

And so would we. But so far, no employees have shown up for work, and no owner or manager has responded to our phone calls and e-mails.

Only a man claiming to be a former employee spoke with WCBS-TV. He said he quit after one month because of what he called "filthy conditions."

"I quit because it was nasty. They don't use gloves to make the food. They use the same grease day after day after day. At night, the manager told me to put the chairs up. We don't sweep; we don't mop. So that's what the rats are eating off, the stuff that's left on the floors," said Marcus Bonner, who claimed to be a former employee.

video (http://wfrv.com/topstories/topstories_story_054095744.html)

I'm not going to say anything....

memyselfI
02-23-2007, 01:36 PM
I can't watch the video (extreme rodent phobia) but I will just be grateful for the newest reason to stop eating fast food.

seclark
02-23-2007, 02:27 PM
those are some pretty obese rats...they should maybe start eating at subway.
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Halfcan
02-23-2007, 02:56 PM
Wow, put Taco Bell on places I will never eat again.

Halfcan
02-23-2007, 02:57 PM
Its hard to believe there would be rats in NYC-that place is sooo clean.

CoMoChief
02-23-2007, 03:06 PM
Maybe PETA will step in and stand against trying to deny these intelligent animals equal access to food.
ROFL

boogblaster
02-23-2007, 05:13 PM
Can't a rat get a meal ....damn .....

Smed1065
02-23-2007, 05:46 PM
Value-Menu!

Drops to .50 cents this weekend only!

Supply might be unlimited.

Rain Man
02-23-2007, 06:00 PM
Wow, put Taco Bell on places I will never eat again.

Okay. I've added it.


List of places where halfcan will never eat again

1. Reverend Jones' Hot Dog and Koolaid Stand
2. Road Applebee's
3. Burger Kink
4. Nothing But Tripe
5. Third World Country Buffet
6. Lardee's
7. Olive Garden
8. Mao's Chicken To Mein
9. The Vomiteria Secondhand Food Shoppe
10. Taco Bell

banyon
02-24-2007, 08:45 AM
Okay. I've added it.


List of places where halfcan will never eat again

1. Reverend Jones' Hot Dog and Koolaid Stand
2. Road Applebee's
3. Burger Kink
4. Nothing But Tripe
5. Third World Country Buffet
6. Lardee's
7. Olive Garden
8. Mao's Chicken To Mein
9. The Vomiteria Secondhand Food Shoppe
10. Taco Bell

ROFL Classic.

acesn8s
02-24-2007, 10:18 AM
How can Taco Bell allow thier food just wander around like that? Don't they have cages or a trash can or something to keep them in?

Side note: Rats in NYC suffer from diarrhea after eating at Taco Bell.

hawkchief
02-24-2007, 11:06 AM
Yes, I'd like a ratsadilla with mild sauce. Hold the rat dung, please.

stevieray
02-24-2007, 11:28 AM
they don't push
don't crowd
congregate until they're much too loud.

greg63
02-24-2007, 12:27 PM
Can't a rat get a meal ....damn .....

Yeah, I'm sure this problem exists only because their territorial domain has been invaded by the evil land grubbing corporate empire.

banyon
02-24-2007, 12:30 PM
Yeah, I'm sure this problem exists only because their territorial domain has been invaded by the evil land grubbing corporate empire.

Actually, I would think that their natural habitat would be Taco Bell.