Portland Populace Panics Per Prospect of Pumping Petrol

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Re: Portland Populace Panics Per Prospect of Pumping Petrol

Postby blehblah » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:35 pm

@Sunny

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Re: Portland Populace Panics Per Prospect of Pumping Petrol

Postby Cordslash » Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:05 pm

I have never ever pumped my own petrol. Into my own, or any rental car.

It's actually illegal in South Africa. Only bona fide Petroleum Workers Union members are allowed to do it.
Because if we have self service stations (again, illegal) then tens of thousands of petrol attendants may lose their jobs.
So the price of petrol takes that into consideration.

And we get to sit in our cars while people pump petrol for us, check our water and oil, and clean our windows with squeegees.

Not a bad arrangement all things considered.
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Re: Portland Populace Panics Per Prospect of Pumping Petrol

Postby DamianaRaven » Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:11 am

But... you'd know how to do it if you had to, right? And wipe that stupid grin off your face - you know damn well what I'm talking about!
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Re: Portland Populace Panics Per Prospect of Pumping Petrol

Postby cmsellers » Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:08 am

Cordslash wrote:I have never ever pumped my own petrol. Into my own, or any rental car.

It's actually illegal in South Africa. Only bona fide Petroleum Workers Union members are allowed to do it.
Because if we have self service stations (again, illegal) then tens of thousands of petrol attendants may lose their jobs.
So the price of petrol takes that into consideration.

And we get to sit in our cars while people pump petrol for us, check our water and oil, and clean our windows with squeegees.

Not a bad arrangement all things considered.

I have a very dim view of unnecessary regulations intended to protect a small number of jobs, of which this is a prime example. Incidentally, this reminds me of an old joke, often attributed as a real quote to Milton Friedman but older than that. I first heard it as a Soviet joke so that's the version I'll tell.

A Soviet economic advisor is visiting China, and is taken on a tour of the public works projects. He notices that machines are almost absent everywhere and people are using hand tools like handsaws and shovels. Finally, at one project the Soviet comments that the project would go a lot faster with a few bulldozers and steamrollers.

His Chinese guide turns to him aghast and says "if we used machines thousands of people would be out of a job on this one project alone!"

"My apologies," says the Soviet, "I thought you were trying to build a highway. If it's jobs you want you should take away their shovels and give them spoons."
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Re: Portland Populace Panics Per Prospect of Pumping Petrol

Postby BROWNRECLUSE » Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:38 am

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Re: Portland Populace Panics Per Prospect of Pumping Petrol

Postby Lindvaettr » Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:54 am

Do these people pay so little attention when the gas pumpist is pumping their gas that they don't notice that the pumpist does not open their hood and start filling it up?
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Re: Portland Populace Panics Per Prospect of Pumping Petrol

Postby cmsellers » Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:10 am

One of the first times I pumped my own gas I drove off with the gas cap still on the roof of the car. At the time I felt like an idiot. Thank you, Oregon, for making me feel slightly better about myself.
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Re: Portland Populace Panics Per Prospect of Pumping Petrol

Postby satan_n_stuff » Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:38 pm

cmsellers wrote:One of the first times I pumped my own gas I drove off with the gas cap still on the roof of the car. At the time I felt like an idiot. Thank you, Oregon, for making me feel slightly better about myself.

My driving instructor made sure to have me pump gas at least once, at the time I didn't see the point of teaching something so incredibly simple and seemingly self explanatory. I think I do now.
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Re: Portland Populace Panics Per Prospect of Pumping Petrol

Postby cmsellers » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:40 pm

satan_n_stuff wrote:My driving instructor made sure to have me pump gas at least once, at the time I didn't see the point of teaching something so incredibly simple and seemingly self explanatory. I think I do now.

And now I feel like an idiot again.
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Re: Portland Populace Panics Per Prospect of Pumping Petrol

Postby Doodle Dee. Snickers » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:53 pm

Crimson847 wrote:I've never tipped a gas station attendant, nor do I know anyone who does unless they get somehow extraordinary service.

That said, I live in Oregon where full-service is the norm; I could see it being different in areas where self-serve is dominant and full-service is seen as a luxury.


If I'm getting full service, I'm giving them more than just the tip.
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Re: Portland Populace Panics Per Prospect of Pumping Petrol

Postby satan_n_stuff » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:13 pm

cmsellers wrote:
satan_n_stuff wrote:My driving instructor made sure to have me pump gas at least once, at the time I didn't see the point of teaching something so incredibly simple and seemingly self explanatory. I think I do now.

And now I feel like an idiot again.
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Re: Portland Populace Panics Per Prospect of Pumping Petrol

Postby mancityfooty » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:03 pm

started pumping gas for my mom at around 10? I think.
I really, really, really, really, really wanted to. I wanted to be a grown up so badly. can I go back to that time and slap myself?
the only thing she was worried about was making sure I could stop it at exactly $10 even. (this was in the halcyon days when the round things that counted the gallons pumped moved faster than the cost in dollars. no, not digital). and you didn't have to prepay, but you could leave it to run while you went inside for porn, candy, cigarettes...whatever and just say "this and whatever is on pump #8."
and I've actually worked at a gas station that did full service. check oil, wiper fluid, and I learned how to clean a windshield without leaving streaks. the self service pump was a lonely place, way off to the side and not under any sort of protection from the elements that would...ok, rain. you'd get rained on. that place is so long gone it isn't even funny.
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Re: Portland Populace Panics Per Prospect of Pumping Petrol

Postby DamianaRaven » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:36 pm

Doodle Dee. Snickers wrote:If I'm getting full service, I'm giving them more than just the tip.


Do you want to get sent to the Pervert Room?
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Re: Portland Populace Panics Per Prospect of Pumping Petrol

Postby jbobsully11 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:39 pm

DamianaRaven wrote:
Doodle Dee. Snickers wrote:If I'm getting full service, I'm giving them more than just the tip.


Do you want to get sent to the Pervert Room?

*checks URL* I thought we were already there...
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