Local Restaurant Offers Discount on Bill After Customer Spots Rat

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FOLSOM -- A notable name in the local restaurant scene is battling some unwelcome allegations.

A widely shared social media post accuses the Fat's Asian Bistro of not just having rats, but offering a rat discount as compensation.

It’s the receipt seen 'round the Folsom Facebook world, accompanied by a post saying a guest at Fat’s Asian Bistro in Folsom saw a rat while dining. It’s eye catching because the receipt seems to back up the claim, offering a discount labeled “Seen Rat.”

"The manager put it verbatim what the guest saw or stated, that’s not normal practice,” said Chief Operating Officer of the Fat Restaurant Group, Kevin Fat.

The discount description prompted many jokes online, but Kevin Fat isn’t taking the matter lightly.

“In our 14 years in Folsom we have not experienced something like this before,” said Fat.

The poster first shared the story Thursday night, saying she was posting for a friend who doesn’t have a Facebook account. The woman writes that her friend was disturbed when a rat reportedly ran around her feet that night. The woman says her friend notified her server at Fat’s Asian Bistro but no manager came over. Instead the check arrived with the “SEEN RAT” discount on the bill.

“That’s something that that manager at the time thought was appropriate, this is a learning lesson,” said Fat.

The poster also expressed surprise that the restaurant would offer a discount for a rat as opposed to offering to comp the entire meal.

Fat tells FOX40 he stands by his staff, saying he believes they acted appropriately. He says they immediately contacted pest control who responded and didn’t find any sign of rats.

The social media post made its way to the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department. A health inspector visited inspected the restaurant Friday and told FOX40 they found no evidence of a rodent infestation.

“For example there was no droppings there was no live or dead bodies, no nesting, no gnawed food packages,” said Kelly McCoy with Sacramento County environmental management.

Additionally, the restaurant passed scheduled inspections last year with no mention of rodents. However, McCoy says a rat could have made it inside at some point.

“ I think with the weather it’s possible that one came in maybe the back door and maybe wandered around the dining room as was chased back out,” said McCoy.

The restaurant patron declined to be identified for this story.