Rats Invade North Beach

Categories: Creepy & Freaky

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Getting ready for a night on the town in North Beach
Sounds like the title to a B-grade film. But alas, it's the real thing, people.

Multiple media outlets are reporting on a rodent raid sweeping through the North Beach neighborhood, crawling over feet and scurrying around happy tourists.

Take Molly Soracco for instance. The Liguria Bakery employee tells KTVU that she's been trapped in her car by rats when she arrived for work early one morning.

"I could not even get out of my car -- there were rats right outside," Soracco tells the news station. "Me, my mom and my sister could not get out. We were screaming. They were actually running toward the car every time we tried to get out."

"People were across the street, laughing at us because we looked so ridiculous," she added. "But I was scared."

Soracco and others have told reporters they've been noticing a large surge of rats over the last few weeks. Incidentally, the rats are in the general area where the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency is building the Central Subway extension. However, the MTA assures reporters that it has not received any complaints about the rats.

Kristen Holland, spokeswoman for the agency, told KTVU that the project underwent an extensive rat eradication program in the area of its construction.

"We've not received any complaints about this," she said.

But if you do happen to stumble across a rat -- or they crawl across your feet -- please call 311.

Which reminds us. You should watch this again:




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21 comments
Maurice Rivers
Maurice Rivers

Of the human variety or animal? Because North Beach is overrun with bridge & tunnel "rats" every Friday and Saturday night.

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

This horror could have been eliminated decades ago if people sealed their garbage and stopped littering.

uglytruth
uglytruth

Ugh unfortunately this is not a new problem but one that has been allowed to continue to grow and spread throughout one of San Francisco's wealthiest neighborhoods.  We moved out of North Beach in the 1980s due to street crime and infestation of rodents.

uglytruth
uglytruth

Ugh unfortunately this is not a new problem but one that has been allowed to grow and spread throughout one of San Francisco's wealthiest communities.  We moved out of North Beach in the 1980s due to street crime and the infestation of rodents.  Sorry to hear the problem continues to plaque our old neighborhood.

Sydney Pfaff
Sydney Pfaff

Summer those rats have always been there! lulu always tries to chase them.

Erika Carmona
Erika Carmona

Oh my! I was just at Washington square park the other day and there was a giant rat, not doing so well, right by the playground. Flys on it and not moving so much. It was on the sidewalk and everyone was freaking out! I actually did call 311. Gross.

Gary Bottom
Gary Bottom

I welcome my new roommates. They need somewhere to go after they encounter your gluten-free-soy-flavored-almond-milk-tofu-flake-encrusted-left-overs.

Sean Patrick Browne
Sean Patrick Browne

Seriously Gary, empty your trash cans more often. Your grubhub containers are a buffet for these things.

Teresa Secundus
Teresa Secundus

Housing will be cheaper. I will brave the Bubonic plague for cheaper rent.

Tony Macias
Tony Macias

Is it bigger than the rat infestation at City Hall? Lol

Walter Lasseigne Parenteau
Walter Lasseigne Parenteau

I love that the photo used is domesticated and not wild rats... It's like saying "wolf infestation!" And showing chihuahuas.

Yissel Chaix
Yissel Chaix

Walter Lasseigne Parenteau Wally?! Hahaha

Emmi Saur
Emmi Saur

gross. Nin Tendo maybe we should skip First Friday this month?

ciao_bella419
ciao_bella419

Um, KTVU caught live footage this morning of two rats fighting/playing?? in North Beach (looked like it was at Washington Square Park) and their sizes could pass for domestic cats!!!!

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