I don't like being offered free stuff. It complicates things. I've been offered free stuff at gas stations AFTER the reveal. That feels hinky to me. Do they really think I'm going to overlook the filthy gas pumps for a latte?
Glad to read your post, Ceasesmith.
The coffee offers are never an intended bribe. From my experience as a hotel assistant manager, the offer of a drink is customary towards someone doing work or an assignment at the property. That's all those gas station employees are trying to do, it's a measure of respect for our position as an inspector. Sometimes they can actually get a bit offended if you don't take it. I'll just tell them I already have a coffee in my car (I don't drink much coffee anyway), because I know the MSC doesn't want me to take it, but it's never intended to get you to forget the chipped bollards or the two building lights out on the opposite ends of the building.