A three-day ‘Pop-Up Bar’ is set to open this June in the heart of San Francisco’s tourist district; intentionally filling the space with hundreds of rats after patrons consume food and drinks.
“The project comes from the folks behind the San Francisco Dungeon at Fisherman’s Wharf, a haunted house-like venture specializing in theatrical recreations of historical events. The pop-up is slated to run from June 13 to 15 at 145 Jefferson St. In 2017, this same group brought a similarly styled rodent spot to the city called the Black Rat Cafe,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
“The pop-up is a ticketed event at $49.99 per person. Included in the purchase is a 60-minute live interactive show focused on the ‘the weird, twisted dark side’ of San Francisco’s history, according to a press release. After the show, patrons will have 30 minutes to spend touching and picking up the rats before heading to an upstairs cash bar that will serve drinks like the Ama-RAT-O Sour, which is a riff on an amaretto sour, and non-alcoholic drinks,” adds the newspaper.
San Francisco is getting a pop-up bar called the Rat Bar. Live, pettable rodents and theater are part of the action.
— Chronicle Food (@SFC_FoodHome) May 30, 2019
While this infestation might be intentional, Los Angeles is currently struggling to crackdown on a dangerous explosion of their rat population.
Multiple officers serving with the Los Angeles Police Department were diagnosed this week with Typhus and other diseases related to the city’s exploding rat population.
“An officer at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Station has contracted Salmonella Typhi, the bacteria that causes typhoid fever, and another is suspected of contracting typhus, a disease carried by rats and fleas, the LAPD told the I-Team Wednesday,” reports NBC Los Angeles.
“Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Typhoid fever is rare in industrialized countries like the United States, per the CDC,” adds the article.
Los Angeles continued its ongoing struggle with rampant homelessness and crumbling infrastructure weeks ago, with residents complaining of “rotting trash piles” that are attacking rats and posing a major risk to the health of residents and tourists.
“Rat-infested piles of rotting garbage left uncollected by the city of Los Angeles, even after promises to clean it up, are fueling concerns about a new epidemic after last year’s record number of flea-borne typhus cases,” reports NBC Los Angeles.
“Even the city’s most notorious trash pile, located between downtown LA’s busy Fashion and Produce districts, continues to be a magnet for rats after it was cleaned up months ago. The rodents can carry typhus-infected fleas, which can spread the disease to humans through bacteria rubbed into the eyes or cuts and scrapes on the skin, resulting in severe flu-like symptoms,” adds the article.
“I can’t walk down the street without thinking that a flea could jump on me,” complained a local business owner.
“It’s something that we’ll look into,” said Pepe Garica, of Los Angeles’ bureau of sanitation.
CALIFORNIA CHAOS: Major Conventions ABANDON San Francisco Over ‘Safety’ Concerns
As thousands of Americans abandon San Francisco over rising crime, escalating homelessness, and rampant drug use, one major convention has decided to pull-the-plug on its semi-annual Bay Area conference; saying its members “no longer feel safe” in the region.
According to SF Gate, at least one “major medical association” has decided to cancel its annual convention in San Francisco; ending a tradition that extends back to the early 1980s.
“It’s the first time that we have had an out-and-out cancellation over the issue, and this is a group that has been coming here every three or four years since the 1980s,” said the President of San Francisco’s tourism bureau.
“The doctors group told the San Francisco delegation that while they loved the city, post-convention surveys showed their members were afraid to walk amid the open drug use, threatening behavior and mental illness that are common on the streets,” writes SF Gate.
“There was a time when the biggest obstacle to having a convention here was that it can be expensive, but now we have this new factor,” added the tourism insider.
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CALIFORNIA CHAOS: Residents FLEE SAN FRANCISCO Over Sanctuary City Laws, Rampant Crime
Residents are fleeing the San Francisco area at levels not seen in more than a decade as years of liberal policies take their toll; with locals decrying rampant drug use, Sanctuary City laws, and crippling taxes as the motivating factor to pack up and abandon the City by the Bay.
According to CBS News, more people are emigrating from the Bay Area than are moving in; making the region the “number one place” for out-migration in the nation. The crisis is reaching a fever pitch, with U-Haul business owners refusing to rent vans to those leaving town, fearing they won’t be able to retrieve their vehicles.
“I loved it here when I first got here. I really loved it here. But it’s just not the same,” said one software engineer. “We don’t like it here anymore. You know, we don’t like this sanctuary state status and just the politics.”
“Silicon Valley has been this place that is growing. And it was mostly due to people relocating here and relocating from other parts of the world. That’s changing,” said another executive in the technology industry.
Despite new guidelines distributed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, San Francisco refuses to comply with federal immigration policies; declaring itself a Sanctuary City and defying agencies determined to restrict the flow of illegal immigrants into California.