Brace yourself, fellow commuters, as this is horrible news. Now, to add to our various rational or irrational New York City fears, we have the fear of wearing open-toed shoes while sitting on a bench on a subway platform, because a rat might be hiding underneath it and notice us there and pop out and bite us on the foot. Seriously.
This happened to an unidentified twentysomething woman who was presumably minding her own business, waiting for the J train at Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall station on Monday morning. AM New York reports that “the rodent peeked out from underneath and bit her right foot, which was unprotected by her open-toed shoes.”
This was, understandably, upsetting, and the woman became “quite hysterical.”
According to a subway employee, “She did not have had a cut … you could see the fresh blood.” UGH. This was the first time he had heard of a rat-attack on a commuter.
The woman was taken to the hospital. We’ve asked the MTA for further comment and are awaiting their response. FYI, there are about 200 rodent bites reported per year in the city.
So, what is our lesson, here? We’re pretty sure it’s threefold. Don’t sit on subway benches, don’t wear open-toed shoes when taking the subway, and don’t attempt to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner while reading this story. Talking about it at brunch, however, is perfectly fine.