What has been your least favorite job?
I was thinking back on my days as a vacuum truck driver and decided that it wasn't the worst job I've had. The hours were long and it was hard work, but I got paid and didn't have to deal with too many crazy people.
The award goes to this combination gas-station/McDonald's next to the freeway in Spokane, WA. I was hired as a late night cashier, working alone. My shift started a few hours before the McDonald's portion of the building locked their doors and ended at 2am when I closed up.
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I was trained in one night by the guy I was replacing, a muscular black dude with a gold front tooth who was relieved to be quitting the job and seemed a bit amused to be showing me the ropes.
Anyway, the kind of people who visit this gas station from about 11pm to 2am are mainly drunk, high, crazy or a combination of the three.
Here is a list of common patrons of the late night Chevron Food Mart
- Cracked out skinny lady with $2 trying to buy a pack of smokes and some lotto tickets.
- Drunk homeless dude trying to buy one 12oz can of Budweiser with change.
- Three teenagers with huge jackets stealing beer.
- Crazy person who just wants somebody to talk to and smells like urine.
- Someone who swears they gave you a $20 bill when they gave you a $10.
- The person who paid for a carwash at the pump and is mad because the carwash isn't open at night.
- The person who is trying to fill their propane tank at midnight and is mad because we don't do that with only one person in the store.
I'm sure I've forgotten some, but I feel this is a fairly accurate representation of the nightly clientele. The funny thing is that this must have been a rougher area in the past because there was a bullet proof cashier's window built into the side of the building that we didn't use.
I gave my two weeks notice just three days into the job, I didn't walk out because I really did need the money and I felt bad for the two day-shift people who would be forced to cover my hours.