How important is that weekly pest control service that you shell out almost $200.00 per month for? Do you recall asking yourself why you need a pest control service since you never see any bugs, cockroaches, ants or mice? Are you playing Rat Roulette due to tight times, diminished cash flow, and decreasing cash reserves? Take note. There could be a rat-infested test case brewing in
The owners of a NYC Burger King franchise, made famous when the rat-infested pictures of the eatery were featured on the TV show ” Inside Edition “, have filed a lawsuit against their landlord, for failing to control the four-legged pests in the building. Claiming “irreparable harm” to its reputation the complaint alleges the landlord failed to remove the unused equipment from the closed Chinese restaurant and failed to continue pest control service in the space.
The cracks in the walls between the two spaces were purportedly so large the rats made easy entrée into the space feeding their desire for burgers and fries.
The case will be interesting to follow. NYC is known for having a larger rat population beneath the city- living in the sewers, subways, crawl spaces and air vents- than people living above. We would assume property owners would have the combative expertise to attempt to keep vermin out of their buildings although it is almost an impossible task.
Where does the responsibility end up? On the operator who needs to take every precaution to maintain a clean safe environment.
The damage done to the Burger King franchise can never be repaired. The space at
So remember, if you’re behind on your pest control service- catch up immediately. Nothing will damage business faster than spotting a rat in your dining room. Unless, of course he appeared on The Sopranos.