Gary pulled up to his normal spot in front of the store. He was opening supervisor, so he could have the pick of any spot in the lot, but he always took one some distance from the door. “Because the good spots are for the paying customers,” he would tell any employee who parked closer than he did. Besides, a nice walk never hurt anybody.
As he got out of the car, he noticed he was not alone. Some early birds were stumbling around in front of the store. Strangely enough, none of them appeared to have driven there. Well, too bad for them, Gary thought, because they didn’t open for another hour.
“Hey, you know we open at ten, right?” he asked as he passed one of them. He didn’t see it turn and make a grab for him with a gnarled hand.
There were a few more of them congregated around the entrance. Gary had to brush past them to get to the front door. “Excuse me,” he hissed, key in hand. As he inserted it in the lock, he felt a hand on his shoulder. There was also a foul stench in the air, but he was used to customers with poor hygiene. He turned his head.
“We’ll be open in a little while,” he said. “First I have to--” That’s when he saw that these were no ordinary customers. They were, in fact, the walking dead.
“Holy crap!” he cried, quickly turning the key. He shook the hand off his shoulder just as one of them lunged at him. Gary swung his lunch bag, hitting it right in the face. The bag blew apart and the soup can and juice box he had in there went flying. This was enough of a distraction for him to get the door open, slip inside and lock the door behind him. It was made of glass, though, so he didn’t know how long it would withstand a zombie attack.
Gary unlocked the inner door, the one that set off the store’s alarm system, and went to the keypad to deactivate it. As soon as he did so, he realized what an idiot move that was. He hoped the phones still worked so he could call the police. There was just one thing he had to do before he checked, though. He had to clock in.
Living dead or no, Gary was going to get paid for his time.