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You Gotta Know Your Customers

"Cody, a chocolate Labrador, has for months greeted customers at the Clearwater BP gas station and convenience store at U.S. 19 and Nursery Road. A St. Petersburg Times story introduced thousands more to the jovial pup.

"But Thursday morning, a state health inspector stopped by and issued a warning to Karim Mansour, the store's owner: Remove the dog or the Health Department would declare all of Mansour's food products — mostly bottled sodas, Slim Jims and candy bars — unfit for consumption.
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If you ask me, he can declare them unfit for human consumption already! Thank you, I'll be here all week!

I mean, have you ever been to a gas station bathroom? Germwise, the dog is the least of your worries.

I know there's a pharmacy where a golden retriever helps run things out to cars and such, so this obviously isn't a law or anything like that. In the land of theme parks, here's a ticket for a power trip.

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mornblade
Dec. 6th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
I know of an adult bookstore that has a cat living on and wandering the premises. When I go there, I make it a point to pet the pussy (one night only, folks).

I agree, I see absolutely nothing wrong with having the dog present. Almost all of the food items found in your average convenience store are either canned, bottled, or prepackaged snacks. If it was a Casey's that makes fresh pizza or a plce like that, then I would see a problem, but a regular gas station... let the dog stay.

I look at this, and I think that the health inspector is just trying to justify his job.

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