'Rat Czar' Joseph Lhota Wants You To Keep Eating in Rodent-Infested Subways

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Here's some bad news for 'Rat Czar' Joseph Lhota -- besides being known as the 'Rat Czar,' that is.

Lhota, the newish MTA chairman -- has a BIG rat problem.

Straphanger advocates and the MTA workers union have recently come down hard on Lhota for not doing more to eradicate rodents from subway platforms, 20 percent of which are said to be infested by man's worst enemy. Gross.

However, Lhota -- who got his nauseating nickname from his rodent-eradication efforts under Rudy Giuliani -- does not want to ban eating on subways.

As detailed by the New York Times, Lhota worries that such a measure would "severely" hurt and impact minority communities, since he always sees children eating on trains en route to school.

"I don't want to deny the kid the only time that day he's going to get food," he told reporters.

State Sen. Bill Perkins, of Harlem, introduced a food-ban bill in January, which would fine subway-diners up to $250.

Of course, there's one compromise that would satisfy straphangers' hunger and cull the rodent population.

Follow Victoria Bekiempis @vicbekiempis.


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