[WATCH] Rats take over McDonald’s and force the restaurant to close

A number of rats caught on video at a McDonald’s (MCD) in Naples, Fla., forced the restaurant to temporarily close due to rodent infestations.

In a video posted to YouTube, the rats can be seen scurrying around the restaurant through the drive-thru window. At the time of writing, it was unclear how many rats were in the restaurant when the video was captured.

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which conducts restaurant inspections in the state of Florida, confirmed to the Naples Daily News that it received a complaint about rats at the McDonald’s restaurant in Naples on Wednesday.

The agency’s deputy director of communications, Patrick Fargason, told the news outlet: “Our inspector went to McDonald’s first thing this morning and the restaurant was closed. There was a sign on the door saying they would be opening soon. Our inspector is nearby and will return to inspect once it opens.”

“We did not close the facility, apparently it was already closed. We don’t know if it was the owner or McDonald’s. We could not inspect the facility.”

McDonald’s franchise owner Mike Adams told WBBH, a southwest Florida affiliate of NBC, that the restaurant was closed after seeing the video online, where it, along with the building’s other tenant, a Circle K-Gas, station is thoroughly cleaned.

“As a precaution, we are proactively temporarily closing this restaurant while we deep clean and disinfect the restaurant and resolve this matter in coordination with our neighboring business within this building unit,” Adams said in a statement to the news outlet.

The Naples McDonald’s was previously subpoenaed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation in March for violations including a “missing vacuum breaker on the mop faucet or on a fitting/splitter added to the mop faucet.” No vacuum interrupter was observed at the mopping sink splitter” and “no paper towels or mechanical hand drying device provided at the hand sink. No paper towel observed at the hand basin in the back. The operator provided paper towels.”

Adams did not specify when the restaurant would reopen.

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