Huge rats are unleashed in a Westfield just a few months after a mysterious stench from the parking lot of the mall was considered a & # 39; danger to the community & # 39;
- Rats have risen in various restaurants and eateries
- Traders at Westfield Southland in Victoria say the problem is doing business
- Clients say that rats run past their feet while drinking their coffee
- Infestation comes after customers complain about a stench from the parking lot
A Westfield was invaded by a colony of giant rats just a few months after shoppers complained about a dirty stench coming out of the parking garage.
According to shoppers and traders, the grotesque rodent rebellion in Westfield Southland in Cheltenham, Victoria.
Retailers say the problem is harming the business, while customers say they have seen rats run past food stores.
Traders say management has not done anything to the rats, although they have been complaining since September 2018.
& # 39; The rats have had a clear view of customers several times & # 39 ;, a trader said Herald Sun..
& # 39; We have offered discounts and refunds, but there is no doubt that sales are falling compared to last year … no one wants to come back when they see rodents running around. & # 39;
The grotesque rodents are rioting in Westfield Southland in Cheltenham, Victoria, according to shoppers and traders (stock image)
Shopper Vicki Carroll said she saw a large gray rat running down her feet while drinking coffee with a friend.
& # 39; I was enjoying a cappuccino with a friend and suddenly a huge rat ran across the floor … I looked at other tables and they saw it too, & # 39; she said.
Traders in the center believe that a relocation of the bins has caused the contamination, with rats using the higher levels to travel to the basement.
A restaurant owner, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Daily Mail Australia that there were many rats in the landfill area.
& # 39; It's out of control, & # 39; said the owner.
Traders claim that management has done nothing to the rats, although they have complained since September 2018 (photo: Westfield Southland in Cheltenham, Victoria)
& # 39; Center management said they would send someone in September, but that didn't happen.
& # 39; We have just specified the center management. & # 39;
A trader told Daily Mail Australia that he had not seen any rats in his establishment, but had heard of the contamination of other entrepreneurs.
A Westfield spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that the mall regularly carried out pest control inspections.
& # 39; In view of some recently reported sightings at the center, we have asked our pest control contractors to work with us and our retail partners to perform additional inspections beyond our regular pest control program, including better pest control around loading docks and waste areas, & # 39; they said.
There were reports of a rat plague after customers complained about a strong odor in the parking garage on the ground floor
The rat invasion comes after shoppers complained about a dirty smell in the parking garage of the center in August.
The odor is thought to have come from a liquid leaking from an air line.
Svetlana D & Art, who parked five times a week on the ground floor, told Daily Mail Australia at the time that she had repeatedly complained to the management of Southland and the Kingston council.
& # 39; Management said they brought up the terrible smell of the parking garage during board meetings, but it was about four months ago and nothing was done about it & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; I am concerned about the health of the community. This is not a problem with the parking garage. This is a health risk and a danger to the community. & # 39;
Kingston Councilor Goffhill said the parking lot is owned by Westfield, who should be responsible for repairing damaged pipes.
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