Rats like Taco Bell and KFC

Sam Fisher

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Sep 26, 2004
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Rats run wild in KFC-Taco Bell in N.Y.

NEW YORK - A dozen rats were caught on video scurrying around the floor of a New York City KFC/Taco Bell restaurant early Friday, running between counters and tables and climbing on children's high chairs.

News crews flocked to the windows of the Greenwich Village neighborhood restaurant, which hadn't opened for the day. By midmorning, the footage was all over the Internet and television news shows, with onlookers giving a play-by-play from the sidewalk as the rodents moved about.
"He's coming for his close-up," one bystander said as a rat came near the window.
Employees came to work, but no customers were allowed in as health inspectors arrived.
There was no answer at the phone number displayed in neon on the store window below the words "We Deliver."
"This is completely unacceptable and is an absolute violation of our high standards," KFC and Taco Bell said in a statement. "This restaurant has been closed and we are addressing the issue with the franchise owner. We will not allow this store to reopen until is it completely resanitized and given a clean bill of health."
The chains said construction in the basement on Thursday "temporarily escalated the situation."
The city Department of Health had inspectors at the site on Friday, said department spokeswoman Sara Markt. She said the restaurant had passed inspection in December, but a violation was issued to the restaurant owner about "evidence of rats" — which meant only droppings at the time.
Markt said the owner of the franchise is listed with the department as ADF Fifth Operating Corp.
Rats have long been a problem in New York City, with such a dense population and such a large and readily available food supply for the rodents. They are frequently scampering through subway tunnels, rooting through trash, dashing across parks and burrowing into the walls of apartment buildings.
But it is rare to see so many rats congregating in one place in such public view.
Yum Brands Inc., based in Louisville, Ky., owns the Taco Bell and KFC restaurant chains.
Last week, it was reported that Taco Bell sales had slumped after a widely publicized E. coli scare, but that international sales helped Yum Brands in the company's fourth quarter.
The E. coli outbreak late last year caused more than 70 Taco Bell customers to become ill. Federal officials said in December that the most likely source of the illnesses was lettuce. Taco Bell took precautions by changing its suppliers of lettuce and cheese in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.


Glad I don't eat there:csad:
its NY.. arent rats everywhere:huh:

who doesnt like the whitewashed goodness of Tacobell
and the non chickeny goodness of KFC:word:
This is why I don't do fast food. At least I know I've cleaned up after the mice in my house.
I wonder if they were planted there on purpose, like the loon with the finger in Wendy's chili.
The only consolation is that the fast food there will probably kill the rats faster than they normally would have died. Either that or it will make them sterile. :up:

^^ Or the guy who planted his GIZ in a taco several years ago!
that does'nt make me feel any confident about your house.:(

We have a pub on one side and a derelict house on the other. The mice come up from under the floors from both ends. I have traps everywhere and I don't leave anything out on the sides. You get used to it after a while.


Hi, I'll have the Hanta-Virus Tostada with ummm.....make it the Mild Sauce today. Thanks.

New York is full of rats, and that's just the people.
What is with this trend of people proclaiming fast food bad for you.

DUH!! That is why don't make it your regular diet! Only eat out every now, & again.

As for the rats. Again DUH! Thoss rats are tame compared to the stuff I have heard from people that have worked at fast food restaraunts.

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