Richard Henry "Hank" Yarbo is Brent's often unemployed best friend and most likely candidate for Dog River's village idiot. He often hangs out at Corner Gas talking to Brent about whatever is on his mind. He constantly borrows money from others and rarely pays them back, nor does he pay his tab at the Ruby Cafe, and is always wearing a hat because of perpetual bad hair days. Hank has worked a range of jobs, from census worker to crossing guard to city accountant, never being able to hold any down. Hank has experience in many trades including auto mechanics, gardening, knitting, woodworking and plumbing. He's portrayed by Fred Ewanuick.
Lacey arrives in Dog River after inheriting her Aunt Ruby's café. She meets the town's quirky people including her business neighbour, Brent, owner of Corner Gas, and his friend Hank, who takes issue with the changes she makes to the Ruby Cafe. Hank takes exception to Brent wearing the same shirt as him. Karen solves a mystery that involves Brent and Hank having painted the town's water tower when they graduated in 1986.
"Ruby Reborn": Lacey introduces herself to Brent, Hank and Wanda and shows them the Howler, where she's accused of ruining the cafe. Lacey has a grand opening at the cafe in which Josh buses tables. Hank openly complains and announces he's going to put the cafe out of business by boycotting it. Later, after Brent breaks Hank's boycott sign, Hank tells Brent he won't be intimidated and hates how the place is decorated. Lacey shows everyone her last change, installation of a sign naming the cafe "The Ruby" after her deceased aunt. Everyone, even Hank, approves and they go in for a coffee. However, when Brent finds out that Lacey isn't serving Brent's favourite, chili cheese dogs, he heads outside and carries a protest sign.
Emma fights with Oscar after he steals money from her to buy a boat motor from Hank. Brent and Hank fight over a Darryl Sittler hockey card. Lacey is distressed when everyone beats Hank at Scrabble except her.
"That's not fair. I don't just make fun of your plans. I make fun of your clothes and your truck. I make fun of how broke you are and the stupid things you say and the weird smell that comes off you sometimes. Don't I?"