Local convenience store invites lawmakers to experience life behind the counter

- PLEASANT GROVE, Utah- (ABC 4 Utah) – From Capitol Hill to Maverik, Representative Chris Stewart traded the day job for a position as a convenience store cashier for a few hours.

"Most of them were surprised when they come up and I shake their hand and say hey, I’m Congressman Stewart. They all think did you get fired or what is it," said Stewart, (R) Ut.

Not fired, just taking a few hours during recess to experience a community staple from a different perspective.

"It's a big part of our economy, it's a big part of small business," said Stewart.

According to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) more than half the country visits one of their locations every day.

They stop by to fill up on gas, grab a snack or use the ATM.

"Wanted to give him a glimpse of what it's like to run a convenience store. Getting that experience and meeting our customers, who we love. We think our customers are a glimpse of everyday life in America and in Utah," said VP of Operations, Danielle Mattiussi.

It’s a chance to meet customers and work side by side with Utahns trying to get by.

"We are just hard working people trying to make a living each day," said Store Manager, Fuka Faleao.

It's all part of a national campaign.

NACS is inviting Stewart and other members of congress to roll up the sleeves and take the lessons learned back to Washington.

For Stewart there is one that immediately stuck out.

"These are nice people, the employees here and they want to treat their customer’s right, obviously. So, customer interaction, being friendly, maybe congress could use a little more of that," said Stewart.

Wednesday, Representative Rob Bishop will take his turn behind the counter.

He'll be at the Maverik on Shepard Lane in Farmington from 2:00- 3:30 PM.

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