As I'm sure a lot of retail workers that are unfortunate enough to work with it know, people get fucking crazy when it comes to lottery. Just another fact of life, like the sky being blue or water being wet.
Having worked in a rinky-dink little gas station for around a year now, I have plenty of lottery related stories but the other day something happened that really just took the cake.
For a bit of background, we had been having problems with print-out lotto tickets lately: tickets printed from the 'EZ Play' category have had the winning numbers that you need to look for effectively cut in half. Needless to say, people weren't very happy.
I was cleaning up the counter and found a ticket that had been left behind and asked my coworker about it since I had been off in another part of the store at the time, and this is what he told me.
Him: Yeah, some guy left it and said he didn't want it because it printed funny. Didn't even bother to check it.
So I checked it, and turns out it was a $25 dollar winner.
Halloween is just around the corner and this is a famous Halloween story from our gas station told to every employees.
So it was about 9'o clock at night and a big group of kids and adults came in. Nothing unusual at this point, with just kids dressed funny and some adults watching over them. Each kids (Like 10) took handful of candy bars and brought them to the counter. This is when things got realllllly funny.
Mom1: what do we say?
Kids: Treat or Trick!!!
After saying "Treat or Trick", kids headed towards the exit without paying for the candy bars. I'm talking about like 80 candy bars well worth over $100 in total. My co-worker immediately headed outside to stop the kids and I had to deal with these moms.
Me: "Woooooah. Wait! You can't leave without paying!"
Mom: "Oh come on, it's Halloween haha..."
Me: "Noooo, ma'am, this is a gas station!"
Mom2: "It's Halloween. It's called treat or treating. I know it's not a tradition wherever you came from, but get used to it."
Me: "NOOOO ma'am, This is called theft."
My co-worker came back to the store with kids who had left the building with candy bars.
Co: "Alright kids, puts everything on the counter."
And the fight began. Four moms began yelling at me for "ruining the holiday tradition" and "being cheap."
You know when there's multiple people yelling at you and you have no idea what's happening? Yup. I just called the police. Angry moms just cussed at me few more time before leaving. Police showed up about 10 minutes later and just laughed their ass off when I told them what happened.
I've seen all sorts of people while working at gas station. However, I don't think I can ever forget about this.