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New York subway workers run 'Rate My Rat' photo contest

Brendan McDermid / Reuters

A photo of a rat is displayed on the "Rate my Rat" section of the website www.ratfreesubways.com.

Reuters reports from NEW YORK

Subway workers angered over what they say is a rat infestation in their workplace are holding a photo contest for the "nastiest" shot of a rodent, with a grand prize of a monthly transit pass.

Commuters who see rats on subway platforms and tracks are urged to upload photos to www.ratfreesubways.com, created by the Transport Workers Union Local 100, New York City's largest transit union.

The union is calling for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to clean stations more regularly, place more trash cans on subway platforms, and repair holes in walls and floors. Read the full story.



Left: Rat in a trash can. 138th St 3rd Av IRT 6.
Center: Atlantic Terminal. Manhattan-bound N/D platform.
Right: 7th Avenue.

Some of the tamer pictures uploaded to the rats' rogue gallery are reproduced above. If you'd like to see some much nastier images -- and help to rate the rodents on a sliding scale from "Handsome" through to "Beastly" -- here's the link.