Rodents Run Amok at Upstate New York Walmart

David NorwoodBy Kim Bhasin

This Walmart in Monticello, N.Y., is disgusting.
Really disgusting.
It has had a long-time problem with a mouse infestation, and now after state inspections that have reported "thousands" of mouse droppings, it's in danger of getting shut down, reports Laura Northrop at the Consumerist.
Reports of mice at the store date back to September 2011, and the latest state reports reveal just how gross the place has gotten.
Here are all the "critical deficiencies" inspectors found in their last two reports, according to the sanitary inspection report:
  • 2nd report: Cold cut platter was being made, with ready to eat food are subjected to cross contamination from romaine lettuce that was being used as garnish, worker was observed placing lettuce on platter without washing the lettuce. The package stated that the lettuce is to be washed before use. Tray was destroyed during inspection.
  • 2-3 fresh appearing mouse dropping are present on shelves near check out #17, gnawed Health Bar was noted on back of shelf.
  • 1-2 fresh appearing mouse droppings are present on shelves in check out areas.
  • 5-6 fresh appearing mouse droppings are present in check out #7, under shelf had been cleaned.
  • 2-4 fresh appearing mouse droppings are present on shelf in isle #8, package of dried blue berries exhibits gnaw marks. Package was behind cracked crumb pie crust.
  • 4-5 fresh appearing mouse droppings are present isle #4 dried fruit area.
  • 10-20 fresh appearing mouse droppings are present in area being reset with Kosher items.
  • 10-20 fresh appearing mouse droppings are present soup section of isle #6, between Cup of soup & canned pasta.
  • 8-10 fresh appearing mouse droppings are present in canned soup area isle #6.
  • 11-15 fresh appearing mouse droppings are present in packages, isle is #7 (same area backed by isle #6.)
  • 1st report: Nine pounds of food found to be rodent defiled with mouse droppings and gnaw marks. Product destroyed under signed waiver during inspection.
  • 3-4 fresh appearing mouse droppings and urine are present on soda shelves.
  • 4-5 fresh appearing mouse droppings are present near trap between displays in beer area.
  • 3-4 fresh appearing mouse droppings are present in retail dry fruit section.
  • 3-5 fresh appearing mouse droppings are present in retail bagged cereal.
  • 2-3 fresh appearing mouse droppings are present in retail bagged candy.
  • Over 1000 fresh appearing mouse droppings are present on floor between back of snack/chip display and back of egg and juice cooler.
  • Paper flyer being used as nesting material in retail canned soup area.
  • One very old mouse carcass is present in end of metal soda supports.
  • One very old mouse carcass is present in bait station end of product isle.
  • One mouse carcass is present in trap under end cap of snack/chip isle.

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dianabelle3

LOVE your features trashing Walmart. What a trashy place. I don't like to shop there and generally don't unless a competitor doesn't have what I need. Target may cost a few pennies more, but their stores are so much more inviting and have a better quality of goods overall,

August 11 2012 at 9:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JambiGenie

Should update the story. That Walmart just failed its 5th inspection yesterday 6/7. All the cleaning they did and never cleaned up what they were cited for.

June 08 2012 at 4:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
oaggbu555

look....mice and rodents are our friends......Tom & Jerry, Mighty Mouse and even Mickey Mouse have long made us happy.....please disregard the droppings and dirt and filth......what we love about Wal-Mart are the low prices! Sincerely, The Walton Family

June 05 2012 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Roxane

I just think it's funny that Monticello is considered upstate. I guess everything north of NYC is upstate.

June 03 2012 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
janpekny

It's a shame that this Wallmart is so run down. There isn't much in the way of retail clothing in Sullivan County, and even though it's a LONG ride to Middletown, it will be worth it. Thankfully we get our food in Shop Rite.
Whomever owns this franchise should be thrown out.

June 02 2012 at 7:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pam

This story makes my skin crawl. ;-p

June 02 2012 at 2:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mmiller99

This reminds me of that classic Nathan Lane movie Mouse Hunt. Now all Wally Mart needs is to hire Christopher Walken as the exterminator.

June 01 2012 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gardnofcats111

I don't understand why it's in danger of being shut down. Why hasn't it already been slammed closed? UGH!
The one word any Walmart doesn't know is "Clean"...Go to a Target and see the difference.
Also, their meat comes frozen every day from Lord Knows Where. We tried the steaks, once, when I did shop there. They tasted like I was eating my kitchen sponge...Gross!

May 31 2012 at 5:40 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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hi

about 4 years ago I went to a Walmart and it was in New york,I am from Florida,anyway I went in and it was horrid,in Florida they seem to be cleaner and nicer,to continue,I left the Walmart,and went right to Target,once in Target the diference was so crystal clear,how much cleaner,nicer and overall a way better store.May be a few extra dollars at check out,but still way worth it.As for Walmart,it is nothing but trouble,and disgusting.Stay out of Walmarts,there are Targets that put them to shame.Good post I agree 100%

June 01 2012 at 8:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Steele

I just read the full inspection report and it sounds like it should just be condemned and bulldozed, what a skanky place.

May 31 2012 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
blkhat23

Hmmm I wonder who is doing their pest control... eco-lab? orkin? terminix?

May 31 2012 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply