Dollar pizza just won’t do any more for this rat.
A furry rat was seen window shopping in a luxury leather store, Il Bisonte, in Manhattan’s West Village on Wednesday evening to the surprise of those passing by and the store manager.
The boutique, which also sells its products at the infamous Saks Fifth Avenue, has since been temporarily shut down due to the rodent’s unplanned visit.
Before the shutdown, the little shopaholic rat – which was filmed by NYC-based photographer Max Guiliani – was browsing an expensive leather briefcase that cost an eyewatering $995 and a chic hat that was priced at $225.
Guiliani was ‘shocked’ to see the rodent browsing the window case, but said it ‘made me think of the TikTok viral sound — “But the rats don’t run this city. We do.”‘
It seemed the little rodent wanted to feel the quality of the Italian leather as he climbed all over the plum-colored briefcase before deciding he was a bit more interested in the hat.
A furry rat was seen window shopping in a luxury leather store, Il Bisonte, in Manhattan’s West Village on Wednesday evening to the surprise of those passing by and the store manager
The boutique, which also sells its products at the infamous Saks Fifth Avenue, has since been temporarily shut down due to the rodent’s unplanned visit. The rat was seen browsing a plum-colored briefcase and hat worth $995 and $225, respectively
He fell off the hat stand, taking the product with him, as he prepared to rush to the counter to purchase his newfound prize.
However, he never got the chance to buy the luxury item, as a group of boys ‘knocked’ on the window around 9pm and notified the boutique manager she had an unwanted guest.
‘There was a group of young boys, like three or four of them standing out here, and then they start knocking on the window and they showed me, and I closed the store, turned out the lights, ran out of here, and called the exterminator,’ Boutique Manager, Lisa Stefani, told the New York Post.
‘We’re closing until it’s completely resolved.’
This is the first time a rat has graced the store, according to Stefani, but she told the Post she has noticed a growing rat population in the West Village as garbage gets ‘crazier.’
Boutique Manager, Lisa Stefani, said she was alerted of the rat around 9pm by a group of boys that were ‘knocking’ on the window and immediately shut down the store and called the exterminator. Stefani said the store will remain closed until it is ‘completely resolved’
NYC rats have been famous on social media, especially those who enjoy a piece of greasy, cheap dollar pizza
‘This little neighborhood on the weekends, has gotten more and more traffic, and the garbage is getting crazier and crazier out here,’ she said.
Guiliani also told the Post he’s noticed more rodents in the area too, saying: ‘At night there are rats on most corners! The trash bags move when I walk past them.’
New York City rats have been an infamous part of the city for decades, but they gained a large popularity after some were see enjoying a greasy slice of dollar pizza, leaving social media users joyously shocked and horrified at the same time.
Despite New York’s well-known rat population that has grown not only in size but in social media popularity, the Big Apple is not home to the biggest community of rodents.
Although a close second, Chicago holds the title of the rattiest city in the US.