Sometimes friends drop in unexpectedly at meal times, and of course, we can offer them what’s on the menu.
For one woman in Los Angeles, when a live rat literally dropped on her menu, she knew it was no Ratatouille.
Imagine perusing through the menu in a restaurant, anticipating what you might just fancy for lunch, then suddenly, out of nowhere, a large furry live rat drops straight onto your menu. Sounds like something out of a horror movie, but it actually happened recently in Los Angeles.
“I heard a noise, and we all looked up, and down came the rat.
“It was disgusting, it was still alive. Its heart was still beating,” Alisha Norman told KTRK.
GROSS: "It was disgusting, it was still alive. Its heart was still beating."
Alisha Norman, from Houston, Texas, was on a holiday in the area and was watching a Women’s World Cup group stage match in a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Westchester, Los Angeles, reported LadBible.
“It was disgusting, it was still alive. Its heart was still beating”
— ABC News (@ABC) 22 June 2019
She heard a strange noise as she was about to place her order—it seemed to be coming from directly above where she was sitting. Then, the impossible happened—a live rat dropped onto her table!
“You could hear something come down, and then plop! It lands on the table,” she said. “We were all in shock.”
Despite her shock and horror, Norman was concerned about the rat’s welfare. “I knew the rat was going to be injured because it hit like a Mack truck,” she told NBC Los Angeles.
Norman then called for the manager, and what they did was just as disturbing, “He took two plates and then they just picked it up and dumped it in a bag,” she said. “It was terrible.”
Needless to say, management took care of her lunch tab, which might have been just a few drinks, as her appetite might have been a bit jaded by that time.
“I’m not gonna be able to go back,” she said on Facebook.
One reader commented, “I. Would. Have. Died.”
Another added: “I would of passed out cold!”
Management acted quickly to close the premises down and issued a statement: “The isolated incident at the Westchester-area Buffalo Wild Wings in Los Angeles yesterday was unfortunate. The center where the restaurant is located is undergoing significant construction and we are confident it was directly related. We hold Buffalo Wild Wings to the highest operating standards and promptly closed the restaurant for proper remediation, cleaning and sanitization. We look forward to reopening soon to once again serve our guests in the Westchester area.”
— ABC 33/40 News (@abc3340) 22 June 2019
The restaurant had an A rating from the Department of Public Health, according to ABC news.
In a Facebook post, Norman wrote: “The rat 🐀 incident was clearly bigger than it being about Buffalo Wild Wings … the city of Los Angeles has been called out about dealing with vermin and rodent issues across the city.”
Good morning! Last day in LA…..I hope all goes well….But I’d like to go on record saying this…. 1. The rat 🐀…
According to the Indiana State Department of Health, rodents are a threat to health.
“They are destructive pests and serious safety hazards,” the website says.
“They eat large amounts of food, and they contaminate even more with their urine, feces, and hair. At least 20 percent of the world’s food is eaten or contaminated by rats and mice each year.”