“Throughout 2021, warehouse bosses told Family Dollar executives about the infestation on a weekly basis and recommended fumigating the facility, said Kevin Goins, the West Memphis operations manager at the time. Their reply was that shutting the distribution center down for a few days would be too expensive, he said. Goins was terminated around the time the infestation became public.
Family Dollar documented 2,300 rodents captured in 2021, from March 29 to Sept. 17, according to company records cited in an FDA inspection report. In October, dozens of rats were seen scurrying across the warehouse floor during a fire drill.”