Which one is correct?

Wind up working in a gas station (song name by Frank Zappa)


He knew that Old Joe didn’t work at the gas station anymore
(an example from Grammar textbook.)

Or may both variants be acceptable?

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    in- inside the boundaries of gas station. at- at a specific location, i.e gas station. Both will work.
    – Sandeep D
    May 14, 2014 at 11:55

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The word work is tricky there.

The general answer is - yes, both are correct.

But if you look it microscopically, it can be different.

A good example on WikiAnswer (and that's what I practice too!) says...

Use work at with a company's or firm's name - I work at IBM.
Use work in with a genre/field that company is in - I work in a hardware company.

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    The answer at wikianswers.com is given by a user like you and me. Can it be used as a source to validate/support one's answer?
    – Sandeep D
    May 14, 2014 at 12:58
  • @SandeepDhamija True but then we always apply our brain and logically think whether it's worth quoting as a source. Personally, I liked it (as I practice it!). This is not utterly wrong as well, is it?
    – Maulik V
    May 14, 2014 at 13:00
  • no it isn't. It's fine :)
    – Sandeep D
    May 14, 2014 at 13:08
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    I wonder if that's Indian English usage? I, personally, work at a health care company, in an office building.
    – BobRodes
    May 14, 2014 at 19:27
  • Well, if it were about company I would not ask. What I'm asking about is can I use both of these prepositions in the same context? When the gas station is just a gas station, with no speculations about "location", "boundaries" etc ( obviously any location has boundaries).
    – Max
    May 15, 2014 at 8:11

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