Nights in a Car Lot

I have been a night shift security guard at a car dealership on the edge of the Twin Cities for about two years now. There have been many “interesting ” occurrences that can I cannot explain.

I’ve decided to start telling people about these happenings in the last couple months due to the frequency of these events and to also reassure myself that I’m not going crazy.

We can start this story with a brief description of myself. I am six feet tall and weigh about 240 pounds. My main source of income is fixing cars at a different car dealership during the day and only decided to get a second job, so I can destroy any reminence of a social life that may be left after the 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Job.

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Don’t Be A Security Guard

To start off, I’d like to give you some background to how I ended up working the night shift of a security job at a pharmacy in the middle of nowhere.

Being fresh out of high school with no immediate plans to go off to college, I decided that getting a job would be worth while. I live in a small town just off of a highway in the mid west United States, and when I say small, I mean small. Our population’s no more than 700. As you can imagine, in such a tiny community there aren’t too many well paying jobs, especially for someone with only a high school diploma.

Luckily for me, my grandfather owned and managed his own 24-7 pharmacy/drug store, and was more than happy to offer me a decent salary job as a security guard. He called me up one morning, and said that he had an “opportunity for some cash.” For reference, I’m a fairly mesomorphic guy, and I stand a little over 6’3″, so I wasn’t at all intimated at the thought of doing a hands on job like that. He continued, telling me that I’d have to work the night shift, from 7 PM to 7 AM. I already was sort of a night owl, so I had no problem being fit into the night time shift. He made the job sound easy enough. I’d receive limited training from the senior security guard, a quiet guy named Don, and all I’d need to do is make rounds around the building, making sure no junkies are trying to steal their prescriptions worth, or anything like that. Eager to start, I agreed, and 3 hours later, I started driving to the building.

The pharmacy was in a real weird location. 13 miles down the highway from my town, there was a little strip mall directly off the road. It consisted of my grandfather’s pharmacy, a now-deserted Burger King, a cheap run down motel, and a gas station. The pharmacy was the largest of the buildings in the strip mall. It was maybe half the size of your average Wal-Mart, and it was at the far end of the lot, closest to the woods bordering the strip mall and the highway.

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Stable Security

A couple summers ago, I worked as a stable hand on a farm just off a main road that led into town. The farm used to be a safe haven for illegal immigrants to squat in outside of Chicago, but it’s been restored since then. Up until this point, I had mostly worked cleaning out horse stalls, a taking the cattle in and out of pasture, and making sure all the animals had food and water. One day, my boss, let’s call him JC, asked me to stay late and watch the stable for him while he went out to a horse race in a nearby town.
I accepted, of course, otherwise, this’d be quite the boring story, and not all that scary. So, I ended up stocking up on snacks and bought an entire 2 liter of soda to keep in the old Gator cart we had in the barn. I drove around the property a few times to make sure everyone had gone home for the night and brought the remaining horses inside before I decided to head inside and take a break and eat some dinner. Right away, I knew something was wrong when I found the large doors leading into the section of the barn JC’s horses were in wide open. I didn’t see anyone inside, and I had initially assumed my boss had come back early, so I parked the Gator outside, blocking the exit so if somebody was sneaking around, they’d have to climb over. I looked around for about twenty minutes, coming up with nothing, but I did notice that the pen in the barn that the goats were kept in was open and the goats had escaped. A couple of the goats were still in the pen, but the rest had made their escape. I now made it my duty to wrangle the rest of the goats before my boss returned, otherwise I’d be in a heap of trouble. As I walked about the rest of the barn and stable, I managed to find and chase back all but one of the goats. I was at a lost as to were the last one was at, before I heard a loud crash from the kitchen area of the attached offices. I headed over, but strangely enough, I could hear something else. It sounded like one of the goats had tried to run out the still open barn doors.
I raced over as fast as I could, only to catch what looked like a pair of rather large, Hispanic men climbing over the Gator I’d left parked in the way of the doors. I was about to tell them the stable was closed for the day, when I noticed one of them was armed. I could see the handle of what looked to be a gun sticking out of the waistband of one of the men, and before I could hide, they spotted me. Thinking fast, I blurted out the first thing I could think of.
“Hey! Either of you seen a goat running around here?!” I called out. They looked puzzled for a moment, before they replied. I didn’t know much Spanish at the time, but I did catch the word ‘cabra’ which, if you don’t know, is the Spanish word for “goat.” I shrugged my shoulders a bit, watching the two men before I decided to duck around the corner, pretending to resume my search of the missing goat as I leant against the wall, straining to hear. The two men talked for a bit more, and I could hear them trying to open the doors to some of the horse stalls. They were locked, which thankfully proved to be enough of a deterrent to cause the men to leave. I had initially presumed they were looking for the medicine we kept locked in the storeroom on JC’s side of the stable, but it soon dawned on me that these men were looking for my boss’s main racehorse. Thankfully, she was with JC, in an entirely different county.
I stayed there, listening from around the counter for what felt like an hour, but in reality, it was barely five minutes. The men tried to move the Gator before leaving, but had also given up on that after discovering I had taken the keys out of the cart. They eventually left, and I soon followed after, deciding that minimum wage wasn’t worth potentially being shot over. It wasn’t until nearly six months later, after I’d found another job, that I discovered my former boss had accumulated an unfortunately substantial amount of debt with some loan shark in Chicago, and then had been caught selling drugs from the stable, and it finally clicked what those men were looking for that day. They were looking for my boss, and their money.

Creepy Security Check In God Knows Where

So this story takes place during my first year as an armed guard. I had many things happen that were out of the ordinary a lot to take in at first. I could only imagine what real cops go through after the shit I’ve seen and heard. Drunk, homeless, violent, or just some straight up wackos. In my first year I figured going from unarmed to armed gave me a nice pay raise so I loved working overtime. I would take as much as I could handle which took me away from home all the time which pissed of my wife to no end.

All that overtime unfortunately is what let to the majority of my odd experiences. I used to hear and see shit all the time, even got threatened to be stabbed by a hobo but once I got out my baton he left the property. So my incident happened around the holiday and there was mad overtime all over the place. One week I even clocked in at 90 hours which made for one fucking sweet paycheck.

So one day I worked a twelve hour shift and I was being relieved I was so happy to be out . Well that was short lived cause on the drive home I got a call from my boss. Not like it was mandatory but I am literally the only guard in the company that lived for O.T. So the call went something like. “There’s a building that our contractor is ditching but they still got stuff there and somebody broke in and the alarm is going so I need you to go disarm the alarm and sweep the building to check for further damage or people.”

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