.... a dying rat!
I’m at turns disgusted and filled with pity for the poor bugger. He was clearly poisoned. It’s like “Ew, a rat at this restaurant!” and “Well, their pest control is clearly effective.”
Yeah, so I was in the drive-thru line, and there’s a bit of space between planters but before you get to the menu, and I noticed it in the grass then, and I assumed any second it would go running. It was laying there as if it was sunning itself. But then it moved forward a few steps and stopped again for a long time, moved forward a few steps and stopped again. Then I wondered if it was defecating – though I could NOT imagine it doing such a thing in so exposed an area, rats are smarter than that. It finally got up to a bush and stopped again just in front of it. By this time I was at the ordering sign, but I was still looking back at it, and I could see it was panting. Then I realized it had probably gotten itself some rat poison, and was very likely dying, which would explain coming out in full view. I didn’t see it move itself any further under the bush.
Once I got up to the window, I told the guy, “I thought you should know you have what appears to be a dying rat out there by the ATM sign.” The guy immediately told the manager something and headed VOOM out the door to go look. I was kind of surprised that he didn’t send the manager to check or something, but whatever. Anyway, he came back in like 1 minute and said it was dead. So, ew, I watched that poor creature take its last breath!
And then they handed me my lunch.