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Old Jan 3rd 2018, 7:48 pm   #6601
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Before you know it they will be expecting you to bag your own groceries ...
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Old Jan 3rd 2018, 9:15 pm   #6602
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I hate to think what'll happen in NJ when they change the law there.
Fat Tony, from the "Union", may have a say about that ....
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Old Jan 3rd 2018, 10:15 pm   #6603
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Fat Tony, from the "Union", may have a say about that ....
It will be OK - the gas station employees who used to pump gas for customers will still get paid but now they won't actually have to show up for work ...

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A very good American friend of mine has NEVER learned to pump her own gas! I find that absolutely shocking.
I find it almost unbelievable.

What, exactly, is there to "learn" about pumping one's own gas?
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Old Jan 4th 2018, 1:12 am   #6605
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I find it almost unbelievable.

What, exactly, is there to "learn" about pumping one's own gas?
This for starters..

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Old Jan 4th 2018, 2:25 am   #6606
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She should just have driven to another gas station that had the pumps on the correct side ...
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I find it almost unbelievable.

What, exactly, is there to "learn" about pumping one's own gas?
Well the main thing would be to distinguish the difference between the gasoline (petrol) pump and the diesel one.
Then once that is figured out which grade of gas to put into the vehicle as there are usually 3 types. Pumping regular into a vehicle that needs Premium gas could lead to damage to the engine.
Also learning to secure the gas cap once filled or closing the gas cap door is also a challenge to some.
So yes I can now see why some gas stations now need a degree or post secondary diploma to hire gas jockeys
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Old Jan 4th 2018, 11:41 am   #6608
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Well the main thing would be to distinguish the difference between the gasoline (petrol) pump and the diesel one.
Then once that is figured out which grade of gas to put into the vehicle as there are usually 3 types. Pumping regular into a vehicle that needs Premium gas could lead to damage to the engine.
Also learning to secure the gas cap once filled or closing the gas cap door is also a challenge to some.
So yes I can now see why some gas stations now need a degree or post secondary diploma to hire gas jockeys
True, there are numerous YouTube videos of people driving off with the nozzle still in the car. sometimes the tube snaps, sometimes the whole pump gets pulled over and, just occasionally, the whole thing catches fire.
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True, there are numerous YouTube videos of people driving off with the nozzle still in the car. sometimes the tube snaps, sometimes the whole pump gets pulled over and, just occasionally, the whole thing catches fire.
... only in America ...
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I find it a real bind when I'm back in the UK. Have to get a car at Manchester Airport with a big enough fuel tank to last until I get back to the airport going home.
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Old Jan 4th 2018, 5:41 pm   #6611
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I find it a real bind when I'm back in the UK. Have to get a car at Manchester Airport with a big enough fuel tank to last until I get back to the airport going home.
Good job it's just a tiny island, so you never have to drive very far.
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Old Jan 4th 2018, 5:55 pm   #6612
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Good job it's just a tiny island, so you never have to drive very far.
It is, and they have such big gas tanks in their cars that they last 2 weeks.
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It is, and they have such big gas tanks in their cars that they last 2 weeks.
Don't you then have to take a hit when you give it back for not filling the tank as well?

You have to be making that up, there's no way someone can be so coddled by institutionalised laziness that they all of a sudden can't do something so mundane as filling up a car.
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Don't you then have to take a hit when you give it back for not filling the tank as well?

You have to be making that up, there's no way someone can be so coddled by institutionalised laziness that they all of a sudden can't do something so mundane as filling up a car.
I normally pre pay for a tank of gas. My sons house to the airport is all motorway, and the car rental at Manchester is on the perimeter. The only gas station at the airport is in the middle. It is easier just to drive straight to the car rental than pounce about driving around the airport to get gas.
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I normally pre pay for a tank of gas. My sons house to the airport is all motorway, and the car rental at Manchester is on the perimeter. The only gas station at the airport is in the middle. It is easier just to drive straight to the car rental than pounce about driving around the airport to get gas.
Just giving you (but mostly the people in the article freaking out about such a non-issue) a hard time .

I do agree with the part about trying to find a gas station at the airport when trying to make check-in on time and all the other shite you've got to deal with on departure. If we're flying out of Belfast it's no big deal, we just fill up in town before we leave. Last year though, coming in to Dublin at 6:30am on a weekday with all that traffic? Sod that, I just paid the €50.00 or however much it was and let it be their problem.

That being said, we only had to fill it up maybe twice in the time we were last there, but it was a diesel, so it had good mileage.
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