Kansas City Family Dollar Store closed due to mice infestation

Posted at 8:38 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 05:14:15-05

All it took was one photo.

Marissa Ellise posted a picture she says she took at the Family Dollar store at 30th and Prospect in Kansas City on Sunday. Since then, the photo has been shared more than four thousand times.

The Kansas City Health Department sent inspectors to check it out on Monday. They tell us the store was already voluntarily closed. During their inspection they found "numerous decomposing mice in snap, glue and box traps." Both dead and live cockroaches were found inside, as well as "numerous dead mice observed throughout establishment in glue traps, snap traps, box traps and outside of traps."

Read the full inspection report at the bottom of this story.

41 Action News heard employees turning away customers Monday, saying they had to clean everything up.

Family Dollar sent us this statement:

Please know the safety of our associates and customers is our first priority, and we take situations like this very seriously. At this time, we are working with the owner of the property, the state inspector and pest control services to address the issue. We have made the decision to self-close this location until the issue is completely resolved.

We spoke with several customers of the store who were appalled at the mice inside. "First of all, it's embarrassing to see something like that and to be around it is scary," Leon Timmons said.

Matthew Montgomery said the news is "very disappointing and it's disheartening and sad that right here in the core of the city where it's not many grocery stores, not a lot of opportunity. Treat Family Dollar on Prospect like you treat Family Dollar in Blue Springs and Lees Summit and everywhere else throughout the city."

Family Dollar 11-28-16 Inspection by Ben Lawson on Scribd