NYC Subway Rats Say 'Cheese' in Crazy Picture-Taking Contest (PHOTOS)

NYC subwayNew York will always be home to me, but from pics and stories I’ve run across online, it looks like I moved out at just the right time. First, the Gambian pouch rats that have cropped up in two different boroughs. Now subway workers are hosting a contest encouraging riders to rate the level of rat infestation at their home stations.

Again, that’s rat infestation. As in rats everywhere. You don’t just throw around the word “infestation” when you see the occasional critter scurrying here and there. You break it out when rat sightings are the norm. And folks are fed up with it.

As a reward for being brave enough to photograph inner-city wildlife, the Transport Workers Union is giving away a free, unlimited MetroCard to the fearless soul who posts the best photo or video of subway rats to their website. And people are actually… biting. (Sorry. It just flowed so naturally.)

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Lemme tell you something: I would need a telescopic, long-distance lens, like the kind photojournalists use on safari, to take a picture of a nasty rat anywhere, especially in a contained area like the subway station. I’m too busy running away to give Templeton the limelight for any reason.

Besides, what constitutes the best photo of a rat? Should it smile and show a little charisma? Or should it be so devastatingly disgusting and stomach-turning that it raises the hackles up on anyone who sees it? Like this: 

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Or perhaps this: 


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Or maybe this: 


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Among the list of grievances the union is demanding be changed across all stations is more frequent trash pickups, tighter lids for garbage cans, and speedier repair of the holes rats have gnawed in walls and floors. The contest ended yesterday, according to the website, but the pictures are part of the movement to execute the Great Rat Sweep. God speed, NYC commuters.

I must say, there have been times that I’ve been agitated by the rules here in D.C.’s Metro system. We can’t eat or drink in the stations, much less on the trains, and it’s irked me as I’ve waited on a platform with my tummy grumbling at that post-lunch, almost-dinner time. But I’m thankful because no food and no drink means no debris that makes vermin giddy with buffet-style glee. And no vermin means there’s at least one good thing about the District’s subways.

Do the trains in your city have issues with mice and rats?


Image via Spencer T./Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Among the list of grievances the union is demanding be changed across all stations is more frequent trash pickups, tighter lids for garbage cans, and speedier repair of the holes rats have gnawed in walls and floors. The contest ended yesterday, according to the website, but the pictures are part of the movement to execute the Great Rat Sweep. God speed, NYC commuters. 

I must say, there have been times that I’ve been agitated by the rules here in D.C.’s Metro system. We can’t eat or drink in the stations, much less on the trains, and it’s irked me as I’ve waited on a platform with my tummy grumbling at that post-lunch, almost-dinner time. But I’m thankful because no food and no drink means no debris that makes vermin giddy with buffet-style glee. And no vermin means there’s at least one good thing about the District’s subways.

Do the trains in your city have issues with mice and rats?


Image via Spencer T./Flickr

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