This is a public service announcement to remind all New York subway commuters of the dangers of falling asleep on the train!
Anthony Lin was riding the 7 train on Sunday night when he spotted one of New York’s infamous rats scurrying around. He decided to pull out his phone and film the rodent, probably musing up captions for his footage of his wildlife spotting.
However, things got even grosser than just being in the presence of a giant sewer rat when the animal decided to climb up on one of Lin’s fellow commuters who had dozed off.
The rat got all the way up to the man’s neck before the poor unsuspecting sleeper realized the horror of what was happening.
Out of respect – or more likely shame for having filmed the poor man’s plight rather than scream bloody murder to alert him to his fate – Lin pointed the camera towards the floor as the man awoke, shrieking as any of us would in a similar situation.
According to Lin, the sleeping – now more awake than he’d ever been in his life – man then promptly ran “into the next car fast as hell.”
Our videographer commented on the experience in an interview with NBC 4 New York, in which he said that while it is not rare to see rats in the subway system this experience was a little more personal.
“It’s just insane and disgusting overall to see that. I’ve seen [rats] on the tracks and platform, but never inside the train.”