Rats were filmed running around a McDonald’s in Collier County. The video of the rats has since been circulating on social media. There are signs posted at this location stating that it is closed until further notice.
Nobody wants to see a rat anywhere. Especially not at McDonald’s drive-thru.
“We stopped at the window, and that’s where we were surprised,” says Benjamin Dumond.
“I started seeing a few rats, and then out of nowhere others started running,” Keysha Vega said.
Dumond and Vega told me they just wanted a McFlurry. The McDonald’s along Pine Ridge Road near I-75 was closed overnight.
When they looked inside, they suddenly felt like in the movie Ratatouille, where a rat takes care of the kitchen.
“Yeah, it was a family. I saw babies of them. I was like ‘what the.’ There are babies. That’s how you know. It’s been a minute,” Vega said.
“Yeah, it’s been a minute for sure,” Dumond said.
The couple told me that what they saw made them sick. They said the next day they went back to see if the restaurant had reopened. It was.
After posting the video on Instagram, franchise owner Mike Adams took it down. Adams said he was working with a pest control company to fix the problem.
In a statement, Adams said:
We are committed to providing our customers and crew members with a clean and safe dining and work experience. We have been alerted to a disturbing video circulating on social media and we take this situation seriously. Out of an abundance of caution, we are proactively temporarily closing this restaurant while we thoroughly clean and sanitize the restaurant and resolve this issue in coordination with our neighboring business within this building unit.
“It’s literally right next to the highway, so they probably get a lot of people, and for it to be unsanitary like that. The presence of so many rats is ridiculous,” Vega said.
“My stomach still feels upset just watching this video. Flashbacks. I see rats everywhere,” Dumond said.
Adams said the restaurant’s latest health inspection report was favorable, with no findings regarding rodents or rodent droppings.
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