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When life imitates art

Jason Unrau
Northern News Services

Inuvik (Mar 18/05) - Dealing with problem customers, carding kids when they attempt to buy smokes and trying to stop shoplifters.

It's all in a day's work for Newsstand clerk Cody Summers.

"It's often like Clerks (the movie)," he said while holding his post by the cash register.

"The job's good if it wasn't for the rowdy customers."

Clerks is about two guys who work at a convenience store, their dealings with each other and the customers and it has become somewhat of a cult-classic film.

The busiest time for Summers is between 3:30 and 6 p.m. "when the kids get off school and people are coming home from work."

However, the strange times come in the wee hours, when drunks invade the store.

"We had one guy come in and pass out on the cases of pop at the back," he said. "Most of the drunks are polite though, so it's not such a big deal."

Summers, who is saving for school, says the best part about working at the Newsstand is his co-workers.

"The people I get to work with are great, probably the best crew in the world," he said.

Asked what the most popular confection is, Summers says it's Pepsi, hands down.

"I've lived in a lot of places across the country and I've never seen it disappear from the shelves like it does here."

How about customers' favourite magazines?

"Well for kids it's the ones about gaming," he said.

And for adults?

"It's hard to say. I know Hustler is the most popular, uh, 'adult' mag."