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odd business practice

9:30 PM, need a drink, run up to the corner gas station, bring drink to register, say “hey,” the cashier is behind the counter looking down counting money…for a long minute…without acknowledging me.

me: what time do you all close? (thinking it must be very soon if he’s already counting)

him: 10:45

me: hmmmm…that’s kinda random time…

him: yeah it’s so we can close up and have everything ready and can get out of here at 11.

me: what about the people who see your lights on at 10:35 and figure you must be open til 11 and come try to buy something at 10:50?

him: (blank stare)