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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25500 on: February 13, 2014, 07:54:54 AM »
Amazingly, Stonecold CAVED.  After telling the supervisor staff that we would remain open no matter what the mayor or the governor said regarding the snow....her mini-me just called to tell us we are closed.  My bull headed immediate supervisor is determined to drive in anyway (despite the piles of snow and the fact that the roads are icy) because he senses a trick.  I wished him luck and said I would be going back to bed. 

*sigh*  I am not sure who is the more special flake now...Stoney for insisting she doesn't have to do what HER boss says or my supervisor for trying to prove Stonecold is crazy.  We all love the supervisor, but agree he needs an increase in his medication.  (Also we have all the proof we need about Stonecold.)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25501 on: February 13, 2014, 09:26:27 AM »
SS: Well, hell, I'm E! The light is on!! And it's been on for awhile! I can't pump my own gas! I mean...do I look like someone who knows how to pump gas?
Me: Um...(Well, you're driving a car so I'd assume yes but clearly...no?)
SS: Screw it, I'm just gonna call triple A.
Me: Ok great, sounds like you have a plan, have a nice day!

How'd you like to be the AAA operator taking that call?

"So you say you're at Bob's Gas Station... Parked in front of one of the pumps... "

How on earth has she made it through the last 20 years or so of self service only gas stations?  Unless she just (as in last week) moved to your area from NJ or OR, she must have had to pump gas at some point.  She doesn't sound like someone who would have people volunteering to ride with her to do her bidding.  :-)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25502 on: February 13, 2014, 09:37:49 AM »
SS: Well, hell, I'm E! The light is on!! And it's been on for awhile! I can't pump my own gas! I mean...do I look like someone who knows how to pump gas?
Me: Um...(Well, you're driving a car so I'd assume yes but clearly...no?)
SS: Screw it, I'm just gonna call triple A.
Me: Ok great, sounds like you have a plan, have a nice day!

How'd you like to be the AAA operator taking that call?

"So you say you're at Bob's Gas Station... Parked in front of one of the pumps... "

At least after they hang up they'll have a good story.

"So...guess what I just got a call for?" of course explaining to the service person where you're sending them and why without laughing might be another problem.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25503 on: February 13, 2014, 09:53:18 AM »
SS: Well, hell, I'm E! The light is on!! And it's been on for awhile! I can't pump my own gas! I mean...do I look like someone who knows how to pump gas?
Me: Um...(Well, you're driving a car so I'd assume yes but clearly...no?)
SS: Screw it, I'm just gonna call triple A.
Me: Ok great, sounds like you have a plan, have a nice day!

How'd you like to be the AAA operator taking that call?

"So you say you're at Bob's Gas Station... Parked in front of one of the pumps... "

How on earth has she made it through the last 20 years or so of self service only gas stations?  Unless she just (as in last week) moved to your area from NJ or OR, she must have had to pump gas at some point.  She doesn't sound like someone who would have people volunteering to ride with her to do her bidding.  :-)

I have a friend of a friend who is the same age as me, she's been driving since she was 16, and lived in our state her entire life. So no self service stations. She has no idea how to pump gas. Because her dad has always done that for her. She'd tell him when she was running low and he'd take her car and go fill it up. She didn't usually drive on road trips but when she did she'd just have one of her friends do it for her. So, a few years back, one day I'm hanging out with my BFF (whose friends with her) and she gets a call that this friend is having car problems and is stranded near us, can we come help? I'm not particularly fond of this girl, but I'm not gonna leave anyone stranded. Her crisis? She's out of gas. Or well, nearly out of gas but too scared to keep on driving and doesn't know what to do. Since I was called to help, I decided to apply the adage about teaching a man to fish and taught her to pump her own dang gas. She still prefers someone to do it for her and her dad still takes her car to fill it up once a week, but at least she knows how to now.

So I know it is possible to somehow never learn to pump gas. I'm not sure why you wouldn't want that knowledge, I mean, it's pretty basic stuff, but it is possible to avoid ever learning it.

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« Reply #25504 on: February 13, 2014, 10:07:33 AM »
I find it very hard to believe that woman has been driving for even a SHORT amount of time and hasn't encountered a self-serve gas station before! 

My parents used to own a garage/gas station/convenience store and I started working there when I was about 13.  Pumping gas is NOT difficult. 

However, figuring out what side your gas tank is on.....  that's a whole other story.

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Our local gas station is set up with quite narrow lanes which I first observed at Costco, and now are popping up all over the place. You are only supposed to enter from one end, and exit on the other. Each gas lane has two pumps - forward and rear, and several HUGE yellow arrows indicating the direction, and which way you turn when you pull forward to "EXIT==>" per the big huge sign and arrow. The single exit lane is a narrow drive which is hard to pass two cars through, and also has another gigantic arrow and "EXIT" on the pavement. I'm pulling up to a "front" pump when some huge minivan comes squealing around the blind side of the pumps to try to go the wrong-way down my gas lane.


I can't tell you how many people I saw driving around the pump islands because they got out and realized their tank was on the OTHER side....  They'd then come around to the next island, get out, and OOPS!  Other side again!!!  We'd get quite a chuckle out of the folks who did this quite a few times before just driving off....  Apparently our pumps didn't work with their cars.   I can only imagine how this one-ways thing will mess with more than a few minds out there!


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25505 on: February 13, 2014, 10:17:38 AM »
I find it very hard to believe that woman has been driving for even a SHORT amount of time and hasn't encountered a self-serve gas station before! 

My parents used to own a garage/gas station/convenience store and I started working there when I was about 13.  Pumping gas is NOT difficult. 

However, figuring out what side your gas tank is on.....  that's a whole other story.

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Our local gas station is set up with quite narrow lanes which I first observed at Costco, and now are popping up all over the place. You are only supposed to enter from one end, and exit on the other. Each gas lane has two pumps - forward and rear, and several HUGE yellow arrows indicating the direction, and which way you turn when you pull forward to "EXIT==>" per the big huge sign and arrow. The single exit lane is a narrow drive which is hard to pass two cars through, and also has another gigantic arrow and "EXIT" on the pavement. I'm pulling up to a "front" pump when some huge minivan comes squealing around the blind side of the pumps to try to go the wrong-way down my gas lane.


I can't tell you how many people I saw driving around the pump islands because they got out and realized their tank was on the OTHER side....  They'd then come around to the next island, get out, and OOPS!  Other side again!!!  We'd get quite a chuckle out of the folks who did this quite a few times before just driving off....  Apparently our pumps didn't work with their cars.   I can only imagine how this one-ways thing will mess with more than a few minds out there!

I didn't learn how to pump gas until I was 21 (started driving at 17) I'm from NJ, land of full-serve only, and although I went to school out of state, I didn't have my own car until then. And if I was with my parents, which I was, on plenty of out of state trips, my dad always filled up the car.

But, knowing I didn't have a clue, when I got to school, I asked a friend who did know how to go with me, and show me how to do it. so that when I had to, I wouldn't stand there going, duh, duh, what do I do?  even now, 30+ years later, when I travel out of state, I still have a moment of "how does THIS pump work?"

As for the gas tank side, I bought a new car last spring, with the gas on the opposite side of every other car I've owned. I can't tell you how many times as I drive up to the gas station, I'm telling myself "driver side, driver side"

So it is possible to go through life not knowing how to pump gas, but, its easy enough to learn, if you choose to.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25506 on: February 13, 2014, 10:22:52 AM »

So I know it is possible to somehow never learn to pump gas. I'm not sure why you wouldn't want that knowledge, I mean, it's pretty basic stuff, but it is possible to avoid ever learning it.

Hopefully my quote trim worked.

In late high school, right at the start of (US) driving age, a friend got a car.  I was riding with her when she needed gas.  (I did not drive yet).  We were prepared for the process.  We could not get the dingity-dangity lid off the tank.  We had to ask for help.  I'm sure we provided amusement that day.  Later, with my first car, I realized why it was so tight- the car throws a warning light if the gas lid isn't tight enough.

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« Reply #25507 on: February 13, 2014, 10:26:35 AM »
I don't remember anyone ever teaching me.  Maybe my dad did when I was too little to remember, or I just watched him and my mom.  I did make sure my girls learned by filling up the car once or twice when they were grade schoolers.

Why anyone would want a woman to be so helpless in this day and age is beyond me.  It's a scary world out there and being stranded on the road due to not being able to put gas in your car is ludicrous.

Come to think of it, teaching them how to put on a spare tire would be a good idea too.  Hmmm...

(Now, not knowing how to open the lid...I've done that while driving someone else's car.  Station manager helped me find a button under the dash).

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« Reply #25508 on: February 13, 2014, 10:28:17 AM »
I don't remember anyone ever teaching me.  Maybe my dad did when I was too little to remember, or I just watched him and my mom.  I did make sure my girls learned by filling up the car once or twice when they were grade schoolers.

Why anyone would want a woman to be so helpless in this day and age is beyond me.  It's a scary world out there and being stranded on the road due to not being able to put gas in your car is ludicrous.

Come to think of it, teaching them how to put on a spare tire would be a good idea too.  Hmmm...


My dad taught me to change a tire as a condition of learning to drive.
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« Reply #25509 on: February 13, 2014, 10:31:32 AM »
I don't remember anyone ever teaching me.  Maybe my dad did when I was too little to remember, or I just watched him and my mom.  I did make sure my girls learned by filling up the car once or twice when they were grade schoolers.

Why anyone would want a woman to be so helpless in this day and age is beyond me.  It's a scary world out there and being stranded on the road due to not being able to put gas in your car is ludicrous.

Come to think of it, teaching them how to put on a spare tire would be a good idea too.  Hmmm...


My dad taught me to change a tire as a condition of learning to drive.

As soon as I got my learner's permit, my parents would insist that if I was with them when they had to fill up, I would be the one to pump gas & check the tire pressure.  I was never actually taught to change a tire, but the instructions in the owners' manual were clear enough to follow when I had a blowout one day.

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« Reply #25510 on: February 13, 2014, 10:36:49 AM »
I know how to change a tire, and with the owner's manual, I'm sure I could manage if I had to.  But that's why I have CAA - I pay almost $100/yr for membership and rarely use it.  I'm getting my money's worth, dang it!

I don't remember being shown how to pump gas but I must have learned somewhere.  The law here is that you have to be 16 to pump gas.  I was with my Mom one day and we pulled in somewhere to fill up her car.  I had to show her how to pump gas!  I guess either my father had always done it for her or she'd used a full service station.  There were more then and there are still a few kicking around so I can see how she didn't need to learn but I was surprised that my very capable, self sufficient mother didn't know how to pump gas.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25511 on: February 13, 2014, 10:43:22 AM »
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My dad taught me to change a tire as a condition of learning to drive.

I had to do this too, as a condition of getting my license.   Along with learning to check all the fluids, change the oil, rotate the tires, and other basic maintenance things.   Dad's a mechanic.  He taught my sister and I this stuff for two reasons:  One, he won't always be around and he didn't want some less-than-honest person taking advantage of us when we needed our cars worked on, and two, he wanted very self-sufficient daughters. 

I think he succeeded.   Sissy and I now do most all our basic maintenance (oil changes, brakes, tire rotations, etc.) ourselves.  Dad will help, just because he likes working on cars with his girls, and because he has all the really good tools!

He also taught both of us that when we did rotate tires, to hand-tighten the lug nuts.  If the lug nuts are tightened all the way with an air wrench, they are next to impossible to break loose with just that tire-iron tool they give you with your spare.  It's not much good knowing how to change a tire if you can't get the lug nuts loose to get the tire off in the first place!

And as a hint, on most new cars, if you look at the gas gauge on the dash, there is a little arrow or triangle next to it pointing either left or right.   That tells you which side of the car the tank is on.

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« Reply #25512 on: February 13, 2014, 10:47:14 AM »
I've got an epic traffic SS that my coworker (Kathy) shared with me.

Kathy, who is a very calm, cautious driver, leaves work and is driving down main road. This is a 3-lane in either direction road which has a lot of bus traffic. She always stays in the middle lane until a certain point because the bus always waits at the corner of side street. Once she passes side street, she pulls into the right lane to make her turn.

Once she makes the right turn, she realizes that there is another car, driven by some big guy, tailgating  her so closely that she can only see part of its hood. She's starting to get nervous being followed so closely, but keeps going at a steady speed.

Then all of a sudden, the car behind her bumps her! Then it does it again! Clearly very deliberately :o. Now she's terrified and doesn't know what to do. She's in a residential area, so she's pulls off to the side of the road and the guy passes her at. She follows along enough to read the plate number and make of car and then heads home.

She gets home shaking and calls the police to report what had happened and gives them the plate, car make, etc....

Well, an officer went to see the guy and reported back to Kathy. Mr. SS admitted to the police officer that, yes, he had bumped her car deliberately, but it was her fault, she cut him off. Apparently, Mr.SS was mad because he was stuck sitting behind that bus on main street and wanted to go around it, but no one was letting him in (I don't know if he had his turn signal on or not), including Kathy (who hadn't even noticed him), so to him, she "cut him off" ::). So once he got around the bus, tailgating and bumping was his way of expressing his displeasure.

The officer asked Kathy if she wanted to press charges, but she said no. She was so rattled by the whole thing, she just couldn't bear seeing the idiot again. It makes me mad even thinking about it >:(!

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« Reply #25513 on: February 13, 2014, 10:51:34 AM »

...   And as a hint, on most new cars, if you look at the gas gauge on the dash, there is a little arrow or triangle next to it pointing either left or right.   That tells you which side of the car the tank is on.

Or sometimes there is no arrow, but there is a little picture of a gas tank and the nozzle will be pointing to whichever side opens for gas.

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« Reply #25514 on: February 13, 2014, 10:53:35 AM »
The officer asked Kathy if she wanted to press charges, but she said no. She was so rattled by the whole thing, she just couldn't bear seeing the idiot again. It makes me mad even thinking about it >:(!

How horrible for her!  >:( :o

I understand her reasoning but it's a shame Kathy didn't press charges. Having to face consequences for his actions might have helped him. If he decides to get unreasonably infuriated enough to do that to someone who was looking for trouble, the results could be disastrous.