Citizen complaint of the day: Hey, Mr. Mayor, Allston still has giant rats

A disgusted citizen - no doubt hoping the city doesn't forget Allston in its newfound zeal to go after the rat warrens of the Fenway - posts a photo of a very dead, very flat rat in the middle of Park Vale Avenue, and adds:

A growing regular scene in the neighborhood - large dead rats on the street.

The city promptly marked the case closed, however, because:

Unable to locate dead animal. please provide a better location.

But, wait, this just in from Mead Street in L.A.:

We've noticed a definite increase in rat sightings over the past week or so. Building's dumpster has been overflowing with furniture/large debris.

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When I was a litle kid in Jamaica Plain

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Back in the late 70s-early 80s, we used to catch rats, keep them as pets, play with them. They would frequently run along the curb into and out of sewers when it rained. I also remember well, guys who would come around from the city explaining to residents how to deal with rats. We called them the rat men.

" A growing regular scene

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" A growing regular scene in the neighborhood - large dead rats on the street.

The city promptly marked the case closed, however, because:

Unable to locate dead animal. please provide a better location. "

Argh. Miscommunication in online correspondence, my favorite.

The complaint was not, "Please remove this one rat." It was, "Rats are a frequent occurrence. Please work on the general problem."

The rat problem won't go away

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The rat problem won't go away as long as the college kids are around. You'd need to convince them to clean up after themselves.