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    Angry Taco Bell Rats !!!

    This is just disgusting.

    On Friday, dozens of rats were seen running wild inside a Taco Bell / KFC restaurant. And this was caught on film.

    Check out the story and video here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17296649/

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    The footage is quite something. There's no way that particular franchise is going to survive!

    For the Montrealers: I was walking up St-Laurent last fall in the early morning and saw a huge rat strutting inside a restaurant. I should have paid more attention to the name of the restaurant but didn't since it's not a part of St-Laurent I frequent much and the chances I find myself eating there are slim. All I can recall is that it wasn't an upscale restaurant and it's located on the west side of St-Laurent between Fairmount and St-Viateur.
    Amantes sunt amentes.

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    Nothing like a little Kentucky Fried Rat for an appetizer followed by a Rattaco for the main course.

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    Are they sure it wasn't the Taco Bell chiuaua coming back with a few of his brothers?

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    From MSNBC

    Health Department records list the franchise owner as ADF Fifth Operating Corp., agency spokeswoman Sara Markt said.
    Maybe they should change their name to 'ADF Filth Operating Corp'

    Nothing like a little Kentucky Fried Rat for an appetizer followed by a Rattaco for the main course.
    I prefer Kentucky Fried Kitten, myself.
    And the Lord said unto John, "Come forth and receive eternal life." But John came fifth and won a toaster.

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    Just get a cat and let it roam the premises, problem solved

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    New York rats will eat cats for a snack!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Techman
    New York rats will eat cats for a snack!
    Not if you get one of these:

    http://home.vicnet.net.au/~neils/afr...ls/caracal.jpg

    Called Caracal cats, they're smaller then cougars but larger then housecats.
    In Africa they're known to eat small livestock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agrippa
    The footage is quite something. There's no way that particular franchise is going to survive!
    Well maybe not that particualr location. But the franchise will go on.

    Believe it or not rats are so common in NYC that most people won't even be fazed by this.

    We see them everyday on the subway. If you're out at night in certain city parks you'll see them, too.

    It's an accepted part of life. One-time former mayor Rudy Guilliani claimed that he was going to rid NYC of all the rats and people just laughed. He had already succeeded in seriously diminishing the influence of 'the family' in NYC both as mayor and as a District Attorney. But at that point he was ridiculed as trying to be "The Pied Piper" because it's just an impossible task.

    There's just no way you can get rid of the rats. It's just a biological fact that an urban environment in a temparate climate is an ideal breeding ground. This is a fact of life since the first major cities developed in Europe way back in the middle ages. Rats have long been known to plague most major seaports and easily travel around the globe by ship.

    Even if you could kill every rat on the island of Manhattan, everyday trucks, ships, and planes from around the world arrive here with all sorts of unwanted guests. Not to mention the fact that the "island" loses it's advantage of invulnerablity because it is connected to everything else by transportation and utilities to everything around it - both above & below ground! So if you get rid of all of them it would only make room for a fresh batch to move in.

    The only thing to do is to control the population at a manageable, acceptable level. Even the finest restaurants & greatest hotels in NYC have them (as well as cockroaches, too); the only difference is that "nice" places spend enough on extermination to keep them from being quite as noticable as what you see in the place that this news story demonstrates.

    The human race was nurtured in caves and still managed to survive & thrive so it's not necessarily a 'life-threatening' situation. As long as there's enough garbage to eat they won't come after us at least

    P.S. - The species of rat that's most common is fairly harmless as long as they're not threatened or if an area isn't totally infested & over-populated. The one's that are really scary are actually the size of cats - it's no 'urban legend'! If you "google" the name of the species 'Rattus Norvegicus' you'll see what I mean. They're big!

    Indigenous to Northern Europe, they came here in the 19th century by boat along with cargo & immigrants and they are alive & well here in NYC.

    These guys even give me the "heebie-jeebies"

    I mean a good-sized, regular, grey rat (species 'Rattus rattus' for you scientist-types) might be the size of an otter or a ferret, say. At least you can stomp on that!

    But the big ones really are as big as house cats and I hear they can be very aggressive. Not something to you'd want to meet in a dark alley at night - or your local fast food joint at lunch time!

    Last summer I worked for a company that owned an old building from the mid-1800's; when the ConEd utility crews came to read the electric meter in the basement, they always sent two guys as a team because no one would go in the basement alone - no joke!
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    Rats in NYC

    incognito_NYC is right, rats thrive in Manhattan so this whole story is much ado about nothing. In the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan, rats are the dominant form of life, with the older buildings and numerous intersecting subway lines, not to mention lots of garbage to eat for these vermin. If I was a rat, the first thing I would do is make my way down to the Village. And you know, they are not dumb animals, so some of them have already figured this out.

    I have seen many rats in NYC in my day. They are part of the landscape, just as much as the Statute of Liberty and the Empire State Building.
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    Interesting post incognito_NYC!

    That's what I meant, sorry, that particular franchise location, not the general KFC/Taco Bell franchise. Heck, I was one of the saps that stood in line for an hour to get a taste of that stuff here in Montreal.

    An image of the aforementionned Rattus Norvegicus (about 8" excluding the tail, deduced by the bricks) http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/4527/mediumcu8.jpg Yes it's climbing a wall!
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    Quote Originally Posted by incognito_NYC
    But the big ones really are as big as house cats
    Are you serious?????
    Got any pics????

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    Wiki info

    Sorry guys,

    I'd love to see a picture too, but I can't find one and according to the Wikipedia article on Rattus norvegicus (Brown rat):
    Rats weighing over a kilogram are exceptional, and stories of rats as big as cats are exaggerations, or misidentifications of other rodents such as the coypu and muskrat.
    Both the Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus (Black rat) rarely exceed 8" (20cm).

    My understanding of the innate repulsion towards rats has to do with with the diseases they can carry - particularly the plague! Considering that England lost 70% of its population (plunging from a population of 7 million to 2 million) due to the plague, one can see that a couple of centuries of conditioning would impart true fear into 'our species.'
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    Resto passed inspection just a day earlier

    http://wcbstv.com/topstories/local_story_055174857.html

    Got a feeling a few of the corrupt inspectors will be losing their jobs on this one....

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    Quote Originally Posted by hornyanglo66
    http://wcbstv.com/topstories/local_story_055174857.html

    Got a feeling a few of the corrupt inspectors will be losing their jobs on this one....
    It's quite possible they weren't visible at the time of the inspection. They go in by any holes and there was construction around.

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