UPPER ARLINGTON, OH — Gas station attendant, James Yates, loves to frustrate young high schoolers who buy gas at their local Speedway. Yates thinks himself a different kind of educator, one that the school systems would benefit from.
“I see these kids pull up, wearing their fancy pants, and shoes. They need a lesson in the real world; where people pay you $8.50 an hour to wipe up bathroom messes, and restock Slim Jims.” said Yates
“One time I had this kid pull up in a nice, silver Saab. He came in and tried to pay for gas. ‘Nice car,’ I told him, trying to bait him into my web of conversation.” said Yates, “The kid replied with a thank you, and that was when I made my move. I sarcastically said, ‘I wish my dad would buy me a nice car.’ That definitely threw the kid off.” Yates said the student was obviously flustered, with his face turning red, and sweat running down his forehead.
“The kid tried to defuse the situation by saying that it was just a 2002 model and pretty old. I told him that some of us have to earn what we get and aren’t just handed gifts. Then the weirdest thing happened, it was quiet for about ten seconds and the kid just said, ‘I gave blood…’ I didn’t know what to say. I was so taken aback that I didn’t have a reply.” said Yates “I just nodded, and the kid just left, and I’m pretty sure we were both uncomfortable the rest of the day.”
That kid was Will Arnold a Junior at the local high school. “I was so uncomfortable that it just came out. I wanted to prove that I wasn’t a bad person for driving a car, and that was the first thing I could think of.” said Arnold, “I really did give blood too!”
Yates said the incident rattled him so much that it took months for him to goat another student, but once he got back in his grove, is has been clear sailing for Yates. “Clothing, cars, hairstyles, nothing is off limits. I’m teaching these kids a thing or two about the streets of Upper Arlington.”