From BBIRD50: Walked into a gas station bathroom in ND. Had no choice but to accept the challenge...
A man with an apparent case of arachnophobia caused a fire at a suburban Detroit gas pump by putting a lighter to what he says was a spider near his fuel door.
WJBK-TV reports Saturday that he escaped injury and his vehicle suffered little damage, but the gas pump was destroyed. A clerk shut off the pump from indoors and called the fire department.
The motorist can be heard on the surveillance video at the Center Line station asking: "Is that a spider in there?" The video then shows flames erupting along the car's side, the pump and the pavement.
The man darts to safety and later uses a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. A spider is not seen.
The clerk says he apologized the next day.
Used to work in a gas station convenience store 5 years ago.
Young Woman comes in and asks for some cigarettes:
Me: "Sure, could I see your ID please?"
Young Woman: "Why do you need ID? I'm EIGHTEEN!"
Me: "Yes, I just need to see your ID to verify that."
Young Woman: "NO! You need ID to buy cigarettes BEFORE you are eighteen! Once you turn eighteen you don't need ID anymore!"
Me: "Ummm....Errr..." [thinks of 100 different counter-arguments in 2 seconds] "Well..."
Young Woman: [interrupting] FUCK YOU! [storms off]
Me: Have a Nice day ma'am
This was a while ago now, for context I work at a locally owned convenience store and was working a shift with one of my closest friends. We were both on the registers when this guy walks in. We'll call him Moron Scammer.
The guy was early 30's, obese, and sweating profusely when he walked up to my friend (we'll call him Josh) and the conversation went as follows:
Moron Scammer: Hi I'm looking for a guy here who knows me, his name is Josh
Josh: Oh... Well that's me... What can I help you with?
Moron Scammer: Oh YOU'RE Josh? Nevermind I'm looking for a guy called Steve, he knows me. (Steve is the owner of the store)
At this point I'd finished with my customer and came over, as it was a bit strange how quickly he changed who he was looking for.
Josh: Steve isn't here at the moment, he wont be in today. Anything I can help you with?
Josh: Umm... what were you after?
Moron Scammer: Just your cheapest smokes, throw it on the store credit.
Josh: I'll have to call the boss, I won't be long.
Moron Scammer: Oh there's really no need, I'm a legit person, I wouldn't lie to you.
Me (interjecting): Sorry but we could get in a lot of trouble, I'm sure you don't lie but there are those who do try to scam us.
Moron Scammer: Never mind, I left my wallet in my car.
With that he walked out without another word. I still serve him all the time, hasn't tried that shit since..
We have all read the signs and heard the stories about mobile phones causing fires at petrol stations - well does this video prove why?
In the CCTV footage motorbike riders can be seen coming in and out of the forecourt with some stopping to fill up.
About 10 seconds into the clip a biker flies in to the garage and goes to the opposite side of the pump from where the attendant is already filling up another tank.
The biker, wearing a white shirt, can be seen reaching for his mobile phone as he sits on his bike waiting for the server.
But as his bike starts to be filled, something causes a fire to erupt and set fire to the bike.
Hyderabad City Police released the footage with a warning: "Don't use cell phones when you are at petrol pumps."
But some of the police's Facebook friends have rubbished the force's claims.
Guarav Jain said: "Dear Hyderabad Police, I really hope you use better sense when investigating real crimes than when posting warning videos.
"Cell phones don't lead to fires. This is def a issue of fuel spill on what is a hot exposed engine."
And Parveen Krishnan agrees:"Why does Hyderabad police think it's due to a cell phone when it's well established that this is a myth?
"Cell phones do NOT cause accidents at gas stations. Never have. Not once."
So for nearly the past 7 years I've been working at an independent, family owned gas station/auto shop. My main duty for the majority of this time has been to pump gas for customers as they come in. For those who may be confused by this concept, in my state, it is illegal to pump your own; somebody who works at the gas station has to do it for you.
So one of the things that we have to be prepared for while working here is that most customers will automatically think we're stupid and many times people will try to scam us out of money/gas. This unfortunate fact, combined with fact that we want to give our customers exactly what they request, means that when customers pull up to the pumps, we not only ask them what type of fuel they want and how much of it, but we repeat what they say to ensure we get it right.
One morning, years ago, a middle aged woman pulls up to the pump nearest the office early in the morning, when its only me and the two co-owners there. Our brief conversation went as follows:
Me: Good morning ma'am, what can I get for you today?
Me: Fill it up regular?
Her: Yes, just fill it up.
So I stick the nozzle into her car, the gas begins pumping. In the meantime, I wash her windshield and her back window and see her clearly staring at the pump as the price climbs higher and higher until it stops at $45. Mind you, her window is down and I'm right there, so she could have said something to me at any time, but instead, she just watches as the pump keeps putting more gas into her car.
Once the car is full, I hang up the nozzle and walk back to her window to collect the $45 and she goes bat shit crazy. "I said $5! You idiot, why did you fill it; I only wanted $5!" Now, I know she's full of shit, and I tell her plainly that she told me to fill it, I then asked her if she wanted to fill it with regular and she repeated that she did, indeed, want to fill it. Well she just got more angry, screaming and accusing me of calling her a liar (which I was, because she was).
Anyway, one of the co-owners overhears this yelling, then comes out to see what's happening. She screams at him about how I'm trying to rip her off for $40 and then I calmly explained to him exactly what happened. My boss, in a extremely stupid move, hoping to pacify the customer and win her repeated business, decides to just charge her the $5 that she claimed she asked for, and had me charge the rest of gas to our company account. This bitch than drove off, having gotten $40 of free gas, and of course never came back. I, in the mean time, lost a lot of respect for my boss.
(Note: I work alone. So I am essentially my own manager.) My managers are almost always (9 out of 10 times on my side) as we always have entitled customers demanding free things and what not. So any time I have a complaint and I know they are gonna complain, I call my managers and tell them what happened before customer walks inside to elaborate the story.
Slow morning here at the gas station when I had a pleasant lady come by. For story sake she will be (EL).
I'm sitting down reading stories on Reddit when this elderly lady comes to my kiosk.
EL: "Hello?! Are you going to help me?"
Me: "Oh sorry. Yea how can I help you?"
EL: "Can you put my gas in my car for me?" (I'm slightly confused because this is a self service gas station. Unless your physically handicapped or disabled for obvious reasons.)
Me: "Um? Sure?"
EL: "What? Is that a yea or no?"
EL: "Yes or no."
(Throws me money)
EL: "Here on this pump." (and walks away)
I put the money in the till and walk outside. At this point she is standing about 5 feet away from her car as if gas will come gushing out. I pull out the nozzle and open her tank and get ready to fuel when she says.
EL: "What gas are you going to put?"
Me: "Whatever gas you select."
EL: "So what gas?"
Me: "You need to select it. I don't choose the gas for you."
EL: "Why not?"
Me: "Because if I select unleaded and you wanted premium, then I have to go reset the pump all because you decided you wanted to tell me what gas grade you wanted after I selected it."
(I begin to pump gas and start to walk back to my booth till I have to come back to hang it up for her)
EL: "You know I shop her all the time. At your store."
EL: "If you don't want my business then I'll just go else where."
EL: "Do you have a problem with putting my gas? My husband always pumps my gas for me. I have never put my own gas."
(I walked away without saying anything)
Funny thing is I've seen her put her own gas, but my store manager is always kissing ass and she always has problems inside the store as well with employees and managers.
Next time I won't even bother with her. I spoke to my managers about this and they were cool about it. they said, "Don't worry about it. You did more than you were supposed to. Next time don't do it for her."
Side note: When I was a cashier, she complained to my managers about me having earrings; saying she didn't approve of me having them. WTF?!?! I am allowed by company policy to wear my ear rings if I choose to. Guys and girls can wear them.
I pulled up to a gas station and went inside to pay for my gas with cash. Handed the guy two 20's and told him my pump #.
I was minding my own business when the pump stopped at only pumping $10 worth of gas. I tried to re-activate it but it wouldn't budge.
I walked inside and said, "Yeah, my pump stopped at $10."
He replies with "So?"
To which I snap "I gave you $40 - two 20's, not two 5's."
He proceeded to argue with me for several minutes until the "owner" arrived. I had to stand there for 10 minutes while the owner had to hand-count all the cash in the drawer to see if they were over by $30 for the day.
Finally, low-and-behold, the owner sees they are magically over by $30! Shocker!
The other guy who originally took my money looked pissed. Never apologized, never said anything. The owner just gave me my $30.
Needless to say I never went back there again.