This is the Jackson’s* that is one block from RoLLaJaY Studios. I visit here almost every day on my noon dog walk. I visit with all the attendants and they’ve all come to love seeing me and my Jack Russell Terrorist, Roscoe P. Coltrane, on our daily caffeine junkets.
All Jackson’s have a sign that reads “DRUGS DON’T WORK AT JACKSON’S” as part of their commitment to (the illusion of) a “drug-free” workplace. However, today, there was just too much irony for me to ignore when I walked in and could no longer see the sign because of a new extended display of Marlboro’s clipped to the left side of the behind-the-counter cigarette display. An entire wall of cigarette and chewing tobacco products just wasn’t enough; now they’re adding extensions like an old elementary school with a playground full of temporary trailer classrooms!
I bring this up also because one day when I went to the Jackson’s a while back, there was a whole new set of attendants. ”What happened to the other guys?” I asked one of the remaining long-timers. It turned out that there had been an audit at the Jackson’s and about $1,800 turned up missing. So, naturally, they ran drug tests on all the employees.
Yes, it was the logic of Jackson’s that if you have an embezzler, he or she must be on drugs. Unsurprisingly, a few of the gas station attendants turned up positive for weed (nothing else), and they were fired. The thief, I’m told, was never identified, however. So, because somebody was a thief, a few honest pot smokers lost their jobs, which they had only gotten after abstaining from pot smoking long enough to pass Jackson’s initial whiz quiz.
* Qwik-E-Mart, Kum & Go, Plaid Pantry, QuikTrip, whatever it is they call a gas station convenience store in your neck of the woods… And yes, there really is one chain called “Kum & Go”…