Riled Rodent Shocks Shoppers

A frame taken from video shows the moment a rat leaps toward a man who was trying to walk past it on an escalator at a shopping mall in Manila, Philippines; image from

Shoppers at a mall in Manila, Philippines, were forced to face their fear recently when a manic rat aggressively charged them as they walked down a stopped escalator, the Daily Mail reports. Video posted on the newspaper’s website shows the rat lunging at people as they try to make their way past, prompting the shoppers to jump and sidestep their way to safety. After giving several of the shoppers what appears to have been the jolt of their lives, the restive rodent is seen running down and off the escalator and under a nearby rack of clothing. No reason was given for the escalator being stopped.

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I can think of a better alternative…notify building management to call the company in charge of maintaining the elevators! If this sign is in fact legitimate, here’s the obvious:  there is something wrong with this elevator; it is very dangerous for the passenger to push and pull on the elevator doors (they are probably malfunctioning).  I think that I would have taken the stairs.