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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Rats Invade North Beach

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM

click to enlarge Getting ready for a night on the town in North Beach - FLICKR/BRAINDAMAGED217
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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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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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