A Companion for Your Commute?

There is a reason I carry a camera in my bag every day. I have three digital cameras, constantly charging, of various sizes, on the ready to capture news, odd sightings or anything in my path.

Many questions from folks have been launched at me while wandering into BART on a daily basis… “Do you want to take a FREE personally test?”, “Do you have some change?”, “Do you know where I can get some pot?”…

Yesterday, I heard, “Would you like to buy a rat for $5.00?”

(Insert trusty camera here)

This is Mia, and she sells rats in BART for $5.00.

(I used to have rats for pets and it broke my little heart
when they only lived to their meager lifespan of 2 years)

Mia and her rats

5 Comments so far

  1. Richard Ault (richard) on May 16th, 2008 @ 9:32 am

    Aren’t there already enough rats in the tunnels? :-)

  2. emotif on May 16th, 2008 @ 11:02 am

    they only live 2 years if you can’t resist eating them beforehand. Rats… the other, other, other white meat.

    I wonder how one gets into the ‘rats for 5 bucks’ business. Do they have papers? Have they ever been involved in ‘experimentation’?

    So many questions. Besides dealing in rats, what does Mia do for a living? How many does she carry on her person at a time?


  3. dantc on May 16th, 2008 @ 12:11 pm

    I’ve been offered many things in the subway for five bucks, but never a rat.

  4. ibarna on May 20th, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

    This is horrible, there are many rats (most of them former laboratory animals) that are being put down in shelters every day, we don’t need any more. I totally despise breeders. It’s really nice that she wants to make some extra cash, but please leave the animals out of it.

  5. Kaili (kailiotter) on May 22nd, 2008 @ 3:15 pm

    I got my last rat at Animal Care and Control. I always adopt. She was so sweet :(… Tabitha. I actually brought my current rat down to meet her before the adoption. They sniffed each other, it was love. When I got her home, she went in his box, and he tried to attack her, I blocked and Templeton hole-punched my thumb. I spent a few hours at General having the infection drained out. Was told by the ER tech that it isn’t the rat that gave me the infection. It was the human germs falling in the bite hole… (nice way to kick me when I’m down) LOL… ANYWAY, went home, puffy thumb; kept them apart for a week and then tried again without any boxes around that belonged to anyone (my bad…) and they became fast friends. I miss the two of them :( waaaaa

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