Overnight gas station person here as well. What's the weirdest thing you've seen so far? For me it was the traveling drag queen troop who came in in full get up. Loved those bitches!

from /u/gingerpie91

I had a guy come in about 2AM and buy some swisher sweets. He then decides that he doesn't want the flavor he bought and asks to exchange it. Thing is, he's too stoned to pick out the flavor he wants. So he goes to his car, takes a 3 hour nap in my parking lot, comes back in and picks the exact same flavor he originally bought.

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Overnight gas station person here as well. What's the weirdest thing you've seen so far? For me it was the traveling drag queen troop who came in in full get up. Loved those bitches!

from /u/gingerpie91

I would love it if an entourage of drag queens would grace my gas station with their presence.

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You have the same POSi system I do.

I used to work overnights too for 2 years at another station in a shitty part of town. By the end of it, I was a wreck. The crazy people (usually meth heads), and my inability to adapt to sleeping during the day devastated my mental health. Took a long time to get back to normal even after I left. Luckily the place I work at now closes every night.

Have you had any issues working overnights? How do you get to sleep?

from /u/obeyyourbrain

My biggest issue is when I have to close the gas station temporarily. I have a huge list of reasons to lock the store and put a sign up but that doesn't seem to stop people from attempting to break down my door trying to get in. They always act like it's their right to know exactly why I locked the store for 10 minutes and that they should be allowed in anyways.

Sleep has never been an issue for me. I sleep as soon as I get off work and I always take an hour nap before work to keep myself going. The occasional energy drink helps.

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Have you ever played street hockey on the roof because you weren't even supposed to be there today?

from /u/justz00t

No roof street hockey, although I'm sure if I asked my managers about it they would start a tourney. I tend to relax a lot when I'm called in to work and take my sweet ass time with my job duties.

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How much is in the register?

from /u/Pterodaryl

Definitely not enough to be worth jail time. We keep minimal cash on hand, especially at night.

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Is it true that you’re not allowed to sit down while attending to customers?

from /u/m_matongo

This is untrue for my gas station. We are allowed to sit down for any reason, at any time, for any length of time. We have very few employees that work very long shifts (16 hours shifts, usually twice a week) so being seated is mandatory sometimes.

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so in here, It's a rare thing for a gas station ( we call it petrol lol) to help customer outside at night ( After 10pm). They mostly stay inside. is that a s.o.p thing? I remember one time they want to help me outside the counter was when I back from a road trip at 4 am lol

from /u/teddybearalfredo

It's actually against company policy to assist customers at night unless it's a legitimate emergency. Leaving the counter and walking outside to the pumps is considered a huge safety concern. The only times I go outside at night are for smoke breaks or if the power goes out and I stay by the door.

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Are certain times of night busy for unexplained reasons?

from /u/DLVSH

Yes, for some reason a bunch of people flock to the gas station between 3:30AM to 4AM. Half of them are regular customers that always come in on time, and the other half are people I've never seen before.

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What do you do in between customers?

from /u/DLVSH

Frequent smoke breaks, working on art, catch up on shows, study for class. Sometimes I just step outside and people watch. There are many interesting characters hanging around at night.

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Ever called the cops on a drunk or high driver?

Ever been robbed?

from /u/baulrog75

Never been robbed, but I have called the cops on a drunk guy that drove off with the gas nozzle still attached to his car. Wouldn't have called the cops but he noticed the nozzle and hose still attached and kept on driving.

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Have you ever been held up at gun point?

from /u/newaccount252

Personally I have not, but the other overnight employee has been robbed at gunpoint once in his 10 years of employment.

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Do you ever get people who flip out when you card them? If so, does it bother you? I used to work in a supermarket and I hated when people made a big scene because of being carded.

from /u/99Zero

All the time. I completely understand getting upset if they left their ID at home or lost it, but the ones that get upset always have their ID on them. They pull it out in the rudest fashion and I always ask why they need to be rude to me if they have it on them. I never get bothered by it, because at the end of the day I have the power over the sale. If they want to be assholes, they can get their swisher sweets across the street.

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Have you ever seen a celebrity who visited the gas station?

from /u/newlightdev

I've had a couple local celebrities come in, including the mayor of my city. No big names yet sadly.

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