New York's rat problem is so bad that the city is willing to pay someone nearly $200,000 to deal with it
· Dec 1, 2022 ·

In New York City, a man can make a very comfortable six-figure salary simply because the city has a large-enough rat population to justify it:

New York City is looking to hire a top-notch exterminator with a passion for the Big Apple's rat race.

The Adams administration posted a new job listing Wednesday for a Director of Rodent Migration, a position that pays between $120,000 and $170,000 — but also requires a college degree. ...

Applicants for the "dream job" should have a "virulent vehemence for vermin" and the "drive, determination and killer instinct needed to fight the real enemy – New York City's relentless rat population," the posting said.

"Cunning, voracious, and prolific, New York City's rats are legendary for their survival skills, but they don't run this city – we do," it continued.

I suppose this kind of job is sort of necessary in a city where you gotta elbow the rats aside on your way back to breakfast.

And man, they're getting desperate:

The city was looking to hire the new top rodent remover amid a push to clean up the city and address rising rat complaints, which had increased by 70% in the first eight months of 2022 compared to two years ago.

Homeowners who put trash on the curb before 8 p.m. will soon be fined under a new law. The current threshold to put garbage out is 4 p.m.

I'm sure the rats are just chuckling at these attempts, but I guess you gotta try!

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