Sunday, July 1, 2018

Ugh.

Ever wonder what that movie scene moment would be like to cause an explosion and then walk away? Me neither. However, I did discover that when you drive away while still attached to the gas pump, there is no massive explosion. At least not in my case.

Ugh.

Yup. I drove away while still attached to the pump. Gassing up, I jumped back in my vehicle the other morning to resync my phone to the dashboard menu. It took about three minutes and during that time I forgot I was still attached so I drove away. When I heard a noise and noticed the gas pump nozzle hanging out of my vehicle, I experienced disbelief, belief, denial, disbelief, belief and a bowel movement pretty much simultaneously. Confused, I hopped out of my vehicle, checked the hose AND WHAT SORT OF TRICKERY IS THIS? The nozzle has a breakaway feature? And no damage to my vehicle? BLEEPING GENIUS. So I pushed the hose and the nozzle back together. BUT WAIT COULD IT POSSIBLY BE THIS SIMPLE?

I immediately entered the gas station and confessed, and then, like some sort of Dunning-Kruger effect ground zero, asked, "is it fixed then?" I will quote the response of the woman behind the counter.

"Ugh. No. It is NOT fixed. I will fix it. This happens. All. The. Time. Just go. Please go. We should really start charging for this. Ugh. It's okay. It's not that big of a deal. Just go. Just have a nice day."

Her admirable Canadian politeness training kicked in, but quite honestly, she did not give a shit about whether or not I would have a nice day. Nevertheless, I AM GRATEFUL FOR THIS GAS STATION MIRACLE.

One final caution: do not assume all pumps have this feature.

4 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Wow! That's a good safety feature for gas pumps to have. But I can't help pointing out that this wouldn't happen if gas stations still pumped our gas for us! Lazy bastards.

Molly said...

This is totally foreign to me, from a land where our gas gets pumped for us (job creation and all that).
But I'm glad it ended well, and that you're okay - I was wondering if you'd dropped off the face of the blogosphere.

jenny_o said...

Oh. My.

I would've been waiting for a delayed explosion, too scared to even get out of the car to make a run for it! I'm glad it turned out okay (despite the attendant's opinion).

Antares said...

I have always wondered what kind of idiot this happens to when I would occasionally see an oblivious driver. Proud to say that I finally know one.

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