Labrador Retriever Mans Florida Gas Station

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.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

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.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

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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