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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25515 on: February 13, 2014, 11:53:35 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.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25516 on: February 13, 2014, 12:06:42 PM »
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.

When I was a teenager, my parents taught me how to change a tire and check fluids and pump gas among other things.  Its rare to find a full service gas station in Michigan.  I have AAA for towing etc as my current car tires are hard to change so it is best to leave it in the hands of pros instead.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25517 on: February 13, 2014, 12:19:14 PM »
Here's what NYC has done for me:


SS: What do you mean self service?
Me: Well, you have to pump the gas yourself.
SS: What?! That's just...god, are you *bleeping* serious?
Me: Yeah, most gas stations here are self service. I don't think I've seen a full service one in 15 years or so...
SS: *Bleep* Well what the hell am I supposed do?
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s]Me: Not to pry, but if you're physically unable to pump the gas they will send someone out....(they have a sign up about helping people with disabilities, not exactly sure how you get their attention for it, never paid close attention)
SS: What?! You think I'm *bleeping* handicapped?! Do I look handicapped?
Me: I don't know ma'ma.
SS: *Bleep*, this is the worst. Do you know where a full service station is?
Me: No, I'm sorry I don't, I'm not sure we have any around here. (I said so earlier...never mind)
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![/s]

Me: Well, good luck.

And I escaped to the safety of my mom's car.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25518 on: February 13, 2014, 12:31:13 PM »
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.

I live in NJ, too, and love the full-service stations! However, I grew up elsewhere, so I learned how to pump gas at a very young age. What's funny is when you see an out-of-state car at a NJ pump, and the driver gets out and starts doing it himself/herself.  :)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25519 on: February 13, 2014, 12:32:59 PM »
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.

I'd press charges, too. A driver who's mad enough to do that is a menace on the road!

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« Reply #25520 on: February 13, 2014, 01:01:37 PM »
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.
I had to learn as part of Driver's Ed.  Never actually did it, though.  I've always just called AAA or some gallant gentleman pulled in behind me to assist.  Last time it was a South Carolina State Trooper.  Guess he thought a chubby middle-aged woman and an 11 year old boy might need a spot of help.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25521 on: February 13, 2014, 01:44:00 PM »
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.

I'd press charges, too. A driver who's mad enough to do that is a menace on the road!

I wish she had pressed charges; I would have! She was really rattled by it - even talking about it got her upset! The guy is a menace and he thought he was completely justified! Classic Snowflake!

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« Reply #25522 on: February 13, 2014, 02:22:31 PM »
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.

I'd press charges, too. A driver who's mad enough to do that is a menace on the road!

I wish she had pressed charges; I would have! She was really rattled by it - even talking about it got her upset! The guy is a menace and he thought he was completely justified! Classic Snowflake!

I had a good one a few years ago.  I had just dropped my DS at school and was headed to work, going north on a major street with 3 lanes each direction and a left turn lane.  I had the green light going north.  There was another car in the southbound left turn lane, waiting for a break in traffic so she could turn.  She had a green light (go if traffic allows), not a green arrow (left turn has the right of way).  She was creeping pretty aggressively into the intersection, so I had no faith that she wasn't going to run the light and possibly hit me.  I hesitated, and this outraged her for some reason - I could see her yelling and gesticulating in her car.  I kept on going, and in my rear view mirror saw her make a (highly illegal and unsafe) U turn in the intersection and come after me.  I was able to stay ahead of her in traffic, but I got caught at a stop light.  She actually left her car and came over to mine and started banging on my driver's side window.  I ignored her, and moved on as soon as I could.  She was wearing some kind of employee badge; I wish I'd been able to read her name and employer because I would have reported her.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25523 on: February 13, 2014, 02:24:04 PM »
I wish she had pressed charges; I would have! She was really rattled by it - even talking about it got her upset! The guy is a menace and he thought he was completely justified! Classic Snowflake!

I would have pressed charges.  And not just because I would have wanted to punish Mr road-rage SS.

I would have seen pressing charges as a way of trying to save Mr road-rage SS from himself... because if he tries the angry fender-bump with the wrong person (or in Florida) then he might not live to long enough to try it on anyone else...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25524 on: February 13, 2014, 02:55:47 PM »


Jersey Girl here...the first time you have to pump gas I assure you that you are convinced that you are convinced you are going to blow everything up!   Also our gas is cheapter and you don't have to pump it..I can see why one would not want to have to pay more to pump it yourself!

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« Reply #25525 on: February 13, 2014, 03:02:47 PM »
Not sure who the SS is, but I'm guessing him. :)

I drive my roommate to work and back at least 4 of 5 days. We've been rooming together for about 10 years. He has always automatically gotten out to pump the gas when I say I need some. Except this winter, its just been so cold. Afte the first snow fall I stopped for gas and then just sat there, well so did he. I had to ask him if he was pumping gas and got "its your car". So out I got, and so did he to clean the windows.

Really and he wonders why he's not married  ???

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25526 on: February 13, 2014, 03:03:18 PM »
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Also our gas is cheapter and you don't have to pump it..I can see why one would not want to have to pay more to pump it yourself!

Here in PA -- and probably in most other states where there might be an option of full-serve vs. self-serve -- full service is more!

The reason our gas is so expensive here in PA isn't because of the self-serve option, it's because of the ridiculous gas taxes.

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« Reply #25527 on: February 13, 2014, 03:04:33 PM »
... I had to ask him if he was pumping gas and got "its your car". So out I got, and so did he to clean the windows. ...

"It's your car."

"And it's your ride!"
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« Reply #25528 on: February 13, 2014, 03:13:38 PM »
I taught my mom how to pump gas. Actually I insisted she learn. When I was growing up she always said the deal was Dad would fill the gas tank (he worked and she didn't during our early years), and I do remember over the years times when she was freaking out about being low on gas and yelling at my dad about it once she finally made it home (which in turn upset us kids). It wasn't that she didn't have the money, it's that she didn't want to learn how to pump gas - that was Dad's job.

So when I learned to drive, I made her get out of the car and watch me pump gas so she would know how to do it and not get stranded somewhere. She does it now, especially since she has her own car and Dad has his.

It may be a generational thing, and I admit I am an SS about this toward her, but her occasional chosen lack of independence both aggravates me AND has made me very self-sufficient.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25529 on: February 13, 2014, 03:24:24 PM »
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.

I'd press charges, too. A driver who's mad enough to do that is a menace on the road!

I don't understand this "Kathy gets to decide whether to press charges." It's not Kathy's law; it's the state's law, it's "the people's" law; that's why criminal cases are "The People of the State of Idaho vs. ..."

The question should be, "Will you sign a statement or otherwise cooperate if we pursue charges?"

Kathy is not a complainant; she's a witness and a victim. Of course the prosecution doesn't want to go to all the trouble if their main witness is going to refuse to cooperate.

This actually makes me mad, this sort of thing. Individual victims don't "press charges"; the people of their state do, via the governmental prosecutors.