Ghet­to black woman, re­fus­ing to fol­low ghet­to black man down stairs: I ain’t goin’ down there and get­tin’ my ass eatin’ by some New York City rats… Lawd no!

–R Train

MTA con­struc­tion work­er to two small chil­dren point­ing at rats: That’s good food!

–Colum­bus Cir­cle

Moth­er to young son in stroller: Ba­by boy, this is New York. Theys got rats jumpin’ out­ta garbage cans and gonna eat us. (child screams in ter­ror)

–East­ern Pkwy & Bed­ford Ave

Suit to teen girl: There was a guy liv­ing in a house with 2,000 rats. They were his pets. Liv­ing in his walls, nest­ing un­der his tub. If you ever feel like your life is re­al­ly shit­ty, watch an episode of Hoard­ers.

–F Train