Sunday, July 1, 2007

Gas Man

There are a lot of warnings printed on things these days. Some are common sense, while others are helpful reminders - things like "Do not feed the alligators" and "Remove infant before folding for storage."

You can bet someone did whatever the warning says not to do. Kind of like the guy I saw at the gas station last night.

He started by filling up a two gallon container right on the bed of his still running truck. Then he moved the nozzle to the truck's tank, clicked the hold-open latch, and got back in and sat down on the passenger's side of his vehicle. He rustled through the glove box for a minute.

Then, with the nozzle still pumping gas and the truck still idling, he walked into the convenience store.

Let's count the unheeded warnings (that were clearly posted on the gas pump):

1. Fill portable containers on the ground
2. Turn off engine
3. Remain outside vehicle
4. Stay at pump while fueling

All he needed to do was light up a cigarette and he would have been a perfect 5 for 5.

Maybe he did. I didn't stick around to see the rest.

Those warnings are probably there for a reason, and the Corsica and I weren't interested in witnessing what was about to happen.

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