A New York City Dunkin’ Donuts shop has been shut down by the health department. Following an investigation of free-loading rats inside the store, the business was deemed unsanitary and not fit to serve customers. Dunkin’ Donuts was rattled by the rodents as they were caught on video earlier in the week, nibbling on pastries and feeling quite at home.
It appears as if some workers at Dunkin’ Donuts are used to the situation and carry as usual, despite the scurrying creatures. In many parts of New York City, rats are simply a normal day sighting, as even some patrons are nonchalant about their existence.
Dunkin’ Donuts, located in the Garment District of mid-town Manhattan at the intersection of 37th Street and 8th Avenue, has been rattled by the rodents. The pack of vermin were sighted and filmed by a customer who reported seeing at least nine rats running around. He spotted a rat climbing the curtains in the front of the store and also several weaving their way through the pastry and donut cases. Rat feces were visible on donuts and bagels, as well as on the floor.
Dunkin’ Donuts, known for their sweet treats and coffee blend has been a reputable corporation with high food safety standards. An investigation found that this particular store lacks in cleanliness, hand washing by employees and improper food storage. The store has been shut down by the health department of New York City in order to sanitize the premises and evict the rats with a professional pest control company.
Customers were still served the various donuts and pastries the morning following the video capture of the rats. When is was brought to the attention of authorities, some interviewed customers seemed unfazed. If rats were present at that location, many other food establishments in the area may not be immune. It is an ongoing problem in the city and the area has recently been dubbed as the ‘Varmint’ District.
Insects, pests and rodents can easily enter businesses and homes through the tiniest of cracks and holes. Keeping up with their population is a constant battle, as normal precautions are routine. Still, the problem remains as pest control companies are in high demand.
Previously the Dunkin’ Donuts store in question was given an A rating by the health department, as all food businesses are regularly inspected. It had been reported, though, that the store had an issue with vermin in November of 2013. Quality control and safety standards are to be followed on a normal basis, but still this Dunkin’ Donuts shop was rattled by rodents.
The event may have left customers scurrying off to other restaurants and food stands for their morning coffee and bagel, but the store plans to re-open as soon as possible. The rodent problem is being dealt with, as well as other health concerns mentioned. The pesky fur bearing varmints are not welcome anymore, as they relocate somewhere else in the area. No telling where they may show up next or if they will return, but they are a force to be reckoned with and a part of life in the city. The Dunkin’ Donuts store may have been rattled by rodents, but their loyal customers are surprisingly quite forgiving and will most like return.
By: Roanne FitzGibbon