Labrador Retriever Mans Florida Gas Station

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Cody the clerk isn't your typical gas station attendant. He is a chocolate Lab who helps mind the store at a BP gas station and convenience store in Clearwater, Fla. Cody even has his own BP shirt and name tag.


And today's last word in business comes from the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. The newspaper recently ran a story about an unusual consumer experience at a local BP gas station. When you pull up at a convenience store in Clearwater, you will not find yourself facing a sales clerk, but a chocolate Labrador Retriever named Cody.

A few months ago, the storeowner, Karim Mansour, started bringing the dog to work to keep him company during the early morning shift.


Cody began jumping up to the window when people would drive up. Now he wears a BP shirt like other employees. And Cody has become so popular he may even be providing the store with a badly needed competitive edge. Mansour tells the St. Petersburg Times, you've got to find a way to stand out and, quote, �It's a good way in a dog eat dog world.�

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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