Rat spotted at cafe in CBD

Rat spotted at cafe in CBD
UNWELCOME GUEST: The rodent was spotted by Ms Gan at Paris Baguette Cafe on Tuesday. NEA officers were said to have visited the eatery the following day.
PHOTO: Stomp

Do you smell a rat in the Central Business District? Someone spotted at least one in Paris Baguette Cafe at the basement of One Raffles Place on Tuesday.

A woman, who wanted to be known only as Ms Gan, said in a post on citizen journalism website Stomp that she saw the rodent scurrying about in the popular Korean bakery-cafe at about 2.30pm.

"The rat was moving about and was clearly seen at the dining space in the outlet," said Ms Gan, who was "concerned" over the matter.

She alerted cafe staff about the rat, and was told that they would handle it. She left shortly after that.

National Environment Agency (NEA) officers were said to have visited the cafe the following day, Shin Min Daily News reported yesterday. An assistant manager at the cafe told the Chinese evening newspaper that no traces of rats had been found in the cafe during its weekly checks.

"Our cafe was designed with an open concept in mind, so the rat could have come from elsewhere."

Rats have been sighted in commercial buildings before. In January, a dead rat was found in a dish of salted vegetables at a hotpot restaurant in Marina Square. In September last year, a rat dropped from the ceiling of a foodcourt in Westgate.


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