A New York rat’s taste goes beyond pizza.
A giant rat had such a fondness for luxury leather bags and accessories that it crawled onto one hanging from a window display, shocking witnesses and the internet.
Photographer Max Giuliani was walking past the Il Bisonte boutique in the West Village when the nifty rodent caught his eye. His video clip shows the furry brown rat jumping from a dark plum leather briefcase onto a hat of the same material and color. The rat loses his balance and falls off his cap with the light son in the store.
Giuliani said he was “shocked” when he saw the rat casually browsing the store just before 7pm on Wednesday.
“I had to think of the viral TikTok sound – ‘But the rats don’t rule this town. We do,” Giuliani told the New York Post.
Known for Italian leather goods, the Bleecker Street shop sells a portion of its wares on Saks Fifth Avenue. The manager, Lisa Stefani, said she found out about the rat around 8:45 p.m.
“There was a group of boys standing out here, like three or four, and then they knocked on the window and they showed me, and I closed the shop, turned off the light, ran out of here and called the exterminator,” Stefani said the newspaper.
“We’re closing until it’s fully resolved.”
The hat the rat jumped on is $255, and most items in the store are $200 to $300, according to Stefani. The briefcase was marked $995 The Daily Mail reports.
Stefani said that as foot traffic increased, the garbage in the neighborhood had grown.
“Yes, of course, it’s crazy on the streets,” she said, “but I’ve never seen (a rat) in the store.”
Rats in the Big Apple have consistently made headlines, one of the most famous being this Pizza rat caught on film dragging quite a bit down the subway steps.
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