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'For Rent - $30': Display outside Spokane gas station causes uproar

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This box was found sitting outside of a Spokane gas station Tuesday night. This box was found sitting outside of a Spokane gas station Tuesday night.
SPOKANE, Wash. - A picture of a cardboard box with a "For Rent" sign on it outside of a Spokane gas station caused quite a stir on social media Wednesday afternoon. 

Tonya Leigh Miles posted the photo on KHQ's Facebook page Tuesday night. Miles said her and her husband stopped at the Zip Trip on the corner of 10th and Maple and noticed a large cardboard box with a sign reading, "For Rent - $30" attached to it. Tonya said her husband asked the clerk inside the store what the box was all about, and said the clerk told her husband, "just helping out the homeless." 

Tonya, who has been homeless before was very put off by the display and posted a photo on KHQ's Facebook saying, "This kinda thing makes me hate our society. It is so hard to get anywhere in life with people dragging you down."

The post generated a lot of attention with more than 150 shares and likes, and more than 200 comments, most of them expressing their displeasure with the display. 

"I've been homeless before and you're right I find nothing funny about this. Being homeless is one of the worst and most hopeless times of my life!" one viewer wrote. 

Many comments were calling for some sort of punishment for the employee, others were hoping the incident might serve as a learning experience. "I don't know about fired, but educated. Education tears down a lot of ignorant barriers," another viewer wrote. 

KHQ's Gabe Cohen saw the photo and looked into the matter on Wednesday. The box was not on display Wednesday afternoon when Gabe went to the gas station, and the manager said he had heard about the box and was upset, but directed Gabe to Zip Trip's management office in Spokane for further comment.

CHS Zip Trip sent their response to the incident late Wednesday afternoon. It reads:

"CHS Zip Trip is committed to this community and will not tolerate this disrespectful type of behavior. We have conducted an internal investigation and have addressed the situation. Our goal is to always provide a positive experience for our customers and employees and to deliver the products and services our neighbors need."

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