Video shows New Yorkers aren't so tough

10:38, Apr 09 2014

One advantage to not having subways: We don’t have to put up with scenes like this.

A big ol' rat is seen terrorising New Yorkers taking the subway on their Monday morning commute in the latest video gone viral.

The video shows grown men and women screaming and standing on their seats after the rodent scurried onto the downtown A train at Fulton Street.

“I heard someone shouting ‘RAT on the train!’” software developer Jinais Ponnampadikkal Kader, who filmed video, told the New York Daily News. “But by the time everyone we understood what was happening, the doors closed and the train entered the tunnel. We were stuck with him till the other end.

"Everyone was so scared, even the men were climbing on top of chairs,’’ added Ponnampadikkal Kader, 28. "Usually the Monday morning ride is really boring, but this brightened it up."

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it is budgeting more money this year to seal refuse containers and bait and poison rats at all of New York’s 277 underground stations.

Even so, New Yorkers have a one in 10 chance of seeing a rat while waiting for a train, according to one commuters' advocacy group.


Fairfax Media