You Dirty Rat!

No, not you.


I’m talking about the rat in the storeroom or, should I say, this email is.

Scary huh?

A stock clerk was sent to clean up a storeroom at their Maui, Hawaii location. When he got back, he was complaining that the storeroom was really filthy, and that he had noticed dried mouse or rat droppings in some areas.

A couple of days later, he started feeling like he was coming down with stomach flu, achy joints, headaches, and he also started throwing up. He went to bed and never really got up. Within two days he was so ill and weak.

His blood sugar count was down to 66 and his face and eyeballs were yellow. He was rushed to the emergency at Pali-Momi, where he was diagnosed to be suffering from massive organ failure.

He died shortly before midnight.

None of us would have ever made the connection between his job and his death, but the doctors specifically asked if he had been in a warehouse or exposed to dried rat or mouse droppings at any time. They said there is a virus (much like Hanta virus) that lives in dried rat and mouse droppings. Once dried, these droppings are like dust, and can easily be or ingested if a person is not careful to wash their hands and face thoroughly, or wear protective gear.

An autopsy was performed on the clerk to verify the doctor’s suspicions. This is why it is extremely important to ALWAYS carefully rinse off the tops of canned sodas or foods, and to wipe off pasta packaging, cereal boxes, and so on.

Almost everything you buy in a supermarket was stored in a warehouse at one time or another, and stores themselves often have rodents. Most of us remember to wash vegetables and fruits but never think of boxes and cans.

The ugly truth is… even the most modern, upper-class, super store has rats and mice. And their Warehouse most assuredly does. Whenever you buy any canned soft drink, please make sure that you wash the top with running water and soap, or if not available, drink with a straw. A family friend’s friend died after drinking a can of soda!

A brief investigation by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta discovered the cause. The top was encrusted with dried rat’s urine which is toxic and obviously lethal!! Canned drinks and other food stuffs are stored in warehouses and containers that are usually infested with rodents and then get transported to the retail outlets without being properly cleaned.

Please forward this message to the people you care about.

Whilst there is no proof for this claim, and no way of categorically denying it either, it is still classed as an email hoax because it erroneously cites the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta.

They have never carried out any such investigation.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. Well then, I may have some trust issues hereafter. 😀

    LOL! Things are looking that way. Go Shades!

  2. Yuck! There is only one thing that really scares me and that is rats.

  3. Ah the things that pass for entertainment these days!!

    I mean, what thought goes into these shows anymore?

    Ok Gordon, heres the deal. We are going to send you into a restaurant that has horrible food, unhealthy conditions, and angry, bickering staff.

    You have as much money to spend as you want. Give them a new kitchen, dining room, whatever!

    Create a new menu, teach them a few things about teamwork – while humiliating them with profanities – maker sure they have a couple of good dinner services, get a couple of good customer responses, and then were out of here!

    I have nothing against the guy. In fact, I kind of like him. He is to the point and doesn’t pull punches. I also have nothing against people making money by capturing my attention (and the attention of the television viewing majority).

    But, it is sad that this mindless drivel that should honestly have just been a mark in a health inspectors journal (xyz restaurant closed for health violations – done) is so fascinating to us consumers. But, if I like it, even as pathetic as that it, why should I not enjoy it based on principle? In fact, if most of us enjoy it (TVM again) maybe it is not really mindless drivel?

    Anyway, we are becoming a very strange society. Someone should do something about that!!!


  4. I loved his hell’s kitchen so much that I cried for some of the losing contestants

    • Because they lost or because of the way he treated them?

      • u r right it was more because of the way he treated them, but I like Ramsay, he knows how to get his job done

        • I like him too – in today’s politically correct society, especially in Britain where I live, it is quite refreshing to hear someone speak their mind.

        • In case my comment (below)might be misconstrued, I am with both of you. I like Gordon quite a bit. He gets the job done and he is definitely not politically correct!

          Very refreshing

  5. Nice to know that this is probably not true, but what is true – and very unsettling – is this story

    about an employee who prepared the garlic for a buffet in a most unusual way!!!


    ‘The photographer alerted health inspectors.

    “I go back there, and the guy’s stepping on garlic,” said Dan Barreto, who used to eat at the restaurant. “There he was just jumping up and down on it, smashing it up, having a good time.” ‘

    ‘The health department does not consider a person’s shoe or boot a proper instrument to use in food preparation, senior public health sanitarian John Stoughton said Tuesday. ‘

    (this may not cause death as in the other story, but still!!!!)

    just thought you would like a similar food related item to go along witht the story!!


    • I love garlic!!

      I buy cloves and crush them into my breadmaker – it tastes lovely and keeps Scametta away for days at a time 😀

      It’s certainly strange what people in restaurants get up to at times isn’t it!

      • Garlic and cloves are great, but nothing beats some crushed basil (on pizza or sandwiches)

        You can even grow your own and crush it into your food fresh (lovely smell)

        It is strange what people do in restaurants. We have a new show here called Kitchen Nightmares with a guy called “Chef Ramsey” from “Hells Kitchen” another US show. I believe he is from your side of the pond.

        He exposes nasty restaurants in NY, and then helps them clean up their act (so to speak) Pretty incredible some of the stuff people eat without realizing it! 🙁

        Makes you want to avoid eating out altogether!


        • True, but when the censors keep him tightly bleeped, the effect is beyond comical!!!

          Typical conversation becomes:

          “what the —— were you ——- thinking? Don’t you ——- the——- with ——-? Oh, my ——- —— ——–!!!! How the —– —— do you ——- ——— food ——-!?”

          And of course the poor sap he’s throwing this —- at is almost alway completely thrown off and speechless!!

          Thats what we call entertainment over here…. mind numbing don’t you think?


        • Yes, Gordon Ramsey is indeed from the UK. If he is still the same as ever then it’s his language that needs cleaning up more than anything else!!

        • Actually, that would be classed as quality entertainment here in the UK!

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