Popeyes outlet closed in wake of shocking TikTok rat video

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It was a scene straight out of “Ratatouille.”

A Popeyes outlet in Washington, D.C., was shuttered Thursday for “health code violations” following the release of alarming footage that showed rats running amok in the kitchen. The incriminating clip topped 145,000 views since it was posted on Oct. 11 by one of the chicken chain’s delivery men.

“You still love that chicken from Popeyes,” mocks TikTok user @blaqazzrick01, who appears to have shot the video after hours at the outlet on 409 8th St. SE near the capital’s Eastern Market, Fox 5 reported.

In the 2-minute video, the rogue chicken supplier takes viewers on a tour of the poultry purveyor’s cook station with the promise of revealing “some wild s–t.”

“This is Popeyes,” he says before switching on the lights, revealing a biblical plague of rodents swarming the kitchen. During the course of the 2-minute video exposé, the vermin appear on camera a dozen or so times, with some scurrying across the floor while others scramble up a pole into the ceiling. Blaqazzrick01 reported observing around 15 rats during his nausea-inducing kitchen inspection.

A Popeyes outlet in Washington, D.C., was shuttered Thursday for "health code violations" following the release of alarming footage that showed rats running amok in the kitchen.
A Popeyes outlet in Washington, D.C., was shuttered Thursday for “health code violations” following the release of alarming footage that showed rats running amok in the kitchen.
FOX 5 DC / Ama Arthur-Asmah

The clip subsequently went viral on multiple news outlets and social media, whereupon a Twitter user alerted D.C. council member Charles Allen of the Popeyes pestilence.

Allen responded by assuring Twitter users that “@_DCHealth inspected and closed this site yesterday.”

The video was shot by TikTok user blaqazzrick01, who reportedly delivered raw chicken to the outlet in question.
The video was shot by TikTok user @blaqazzrick01, who reportedly delivered raw chicken to the outlet.
TikTok / @blaqazzrick01
The videographer reported seeing around 15 rats during his behind-the-scenes kitchen inspection.
The videographer reported seeing around 15 rats during his behind-the-scenes kitchen inspection.
The restaurant has been closed until further notice.
The restaurant has been closed until further notice.
FOX 5 DC / Ama Arthur-Asmah

Meanwhile, an advisory on the front of the store read that the establishment had been “ordered closed until further notice” for health violations that presented an “imminent health hazard(s) to the public,” per a recent tweet.

The D.C. Popeyes isn’t the only fast-food chain to be plagued by a rodent scourge. In December 2020, the New York City Chipotle branch on Broadway near West 169th Street closed its doors after becoming infested with rats, which reportedly chewed through the computer wiring, ransacked the avocados and bit four staffers.

A rat is seen scurrying across the floor at the Popeyes.
A rat is seen scurrying across the floor at the Popeyes.
TikTok / @blaqazzrick01
A rodent climbs up a wall as video records its ascent.
A rodent climbs up a wall as the video records its ascent.
TikTok / @blaqazzrick01

Just two months prior, in October 2020, the Big Apple was ranked No. 3 on the list of “America’s Rattiest Cities” by pest control company Orkin in the wake of growing rat problems stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, rodent rampages were still evident this past summer with outdoor dining reportedly also providing al fresco feasts for vermin.



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