New York City’s rat problem has invaded TikTok after sparking a new meme.
Pests have always been a problem in the Big Apple but the pandemic seemed to usher in a new era of rat prosperity. In October, the New York Sanitation Department reported a 71% increase in rat complaints this year compared to the same time in 2020.
During an Oct. 17 news conference to address the issue, alongside Mayor Eric Adams, New York City sanitation commissioner Jessica Tisch sent a tough message to rats.
“The rats are going to absolutely hate this announcement. But the rats don’t run this city, we do,” Tisch said.
Tisch’s “tough on rats” speech has become a viral sound on TikTok, currently used in over 22,000 videos. Whenever someone is feeling particularly bossed up and ready to deliver bad news, the snippet just feels right.
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