Round Rock has always been a relatively clean town. Very few restaurants are ever shut down by the health department. There hasn't been any sort of water-borne disease, at least in the 31 years I've lived here. No plague, or other health issues.
And yet, a month or so ago, I went into one of the local McDonald's, and there was a rat run over very close to the front door! I sort of lost my appetite (never very robust at McDonald's, though I do like the Southwestern Salad, which is what I was after), but I did point the vermin out to an employee and suggested that maybe he should get it out of there.
The other day, I was shocked to see a live rat run across the sidewalk and disappear down a storm drain. This was not somebody's escaped pet, but a nasty mottled black and grey rat, about the size of a squirrel. Just running around in broad daylight.
Is this an environmental issue, or what? Is anyone else seeing such things?