DIA rental-car employee fringe benefit: Customers giving away pot

A new CBS4 report is likely to have two tangible effects: It should spur a flood of applications to work for rental-car operations at Denver International Airport as well as leading to a whole new level of scrutiny during the hiring process at such businesses.

Why? The station reveals that marijuana tourists are routinely -- as in multiple times per day -- giving away extra pot to staffers rather than trying to sneak it through security at the airport.

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Employees at major DIA rental agencies, speaking anonymously and with their identities obscured, tell CBS4's Brian Maass that recreational customers frequently offer them weed, presumably because they know that trying to take it back home with them is verboten. After all, limited cannabis sales may be legal in Colorado and Washington state, but the substance remains against the law on the federal level

Indeed, DIA has public notices aplenty warning travelers that being caught with marijuana in their possession could result in a fine of up to $999. Not that the airport has narced on anyone yet. According to spokeswoman Stacey Stegman, sixteen people have been caught with pot since January 1, when recreational shops opened their doors, but none of them have been cited. Instead, they were simply asked to discard their stash.

A similar line is offered by the rental-car-agency staffers who spoke with CBS4: They insist they simply throw away the marijuana they're given. However, one says employees at the front end of the operation have taken to scouring vehicles to make sure no ganja has been left behind -- because if the guys charged with washing the cars find it, they'll definitely keep it.

It's the summer job of your dreams. Here's the CBS4 piece.

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