Video: Rat runs across restaurant counter

Posted at 9:04 AM, Jul 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-12 09:04:56-04

DALY CITY, CA (KRON/CNN) - A rat gave restaurant customers quite the scare, and it was all caught on camera.

The video shows a rat walking along the counter in a restaurant called Upside Down Burger. It was posted Saturday night.

"When I first seen the rat, it's like anything. I jumped out of my body. I mean, seriously, I don't want to get bit by the thing. I mean, I'm a big guy, but that will take you down," customer Robert Bell said.

Bell, who recorded the rat, said he was with his family eating what was a good burger when things took a turn.

"The lady, she jumps up. She is screaming. She's yelling, runs and says, 'I'm not eating here. I'm not eating here.' And she points towards the flower jug," he said. "We hear the other lady. She drops her water jug. She screams. I'm like, 'What's going on?' Simultaneously the wife looks at the plant and see the mouse, the rat."

Bell said his family ran out, but he stayed in the restaurant to get a refund and recorded video of the rat as he waited.  

As for who's to blame for the rodent, that's to be determined. The health department is now involved.

In two inspections since Saturday, Upside Down Burger has passed. So has the Dominos two doors down.

However, The San Mateo County Health Department has shut down House of Sisig, located right next door to Upside Down Burger, due to evidence of vermin infestation.  

The owner of House of Sisig, Manny Noguera, showed his restaurant being cleaned. He doesn't think his establishment is to blame.

"I don't think so. It might be coming from all of us. I don't know," Noguera said. "They said they saw some infestation, said I have to clean it up and everything."

The owner of Upside Down Burger disagrees, saying this isn't a building problem or attic problem, or the health department would have made sure everyone closed.  

He allowed the media access to his restaurant Tuesday, saying he has nothing to hide.  

He stores just a small amount of food in a small refrigerated area under the grills, even going so far as showing us his contract with a cleaning company that comes every night.  

Bell said people need to beware.

"The thought of mice rats roaming around throughout the day," he said. "I can only imagine what happens at night. Just that thought had my stomach turning."

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