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Filling station antics.

Tell you what....tomorrow, I'll go and fill up with fuel, and once I've done it, I'll leave my car on the pump and go and chat with my mate. The time after that, I think I'll get my fuel and then go and get a coffee, and have a good look round the shop, before paying. No, I'm not happy with that, tell you what I'll do, I'll pull onto the pump with my filler cap on the opposite side, then I can block the central drive through isle with my fat a**e. PARK ON THE CORRECT SIDE, GET YOUR FUEL, PAY FOR IT AND F*** OFF !!
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Amen brother!

I have ranted about the same subject myself many many times.
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I'll pull onto the pump with my filler cap on the opposite side, then I can block the central drive through isle with my fat a**e. PARK ON THE CORRECT SIDE, GET YOUR FUEL, PAY FOR IT AND F*** OFF !!
I've never seen anyone do that.

Park on either side of the nearest pump. - You can reach your filler regardless of which side it is on.

I've seen people queue needlessly because they think the filler has to face the pump - quite pleased that they do as often it means there is a spare pump they could have used which I now do.
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I park nearer to the pump and further forward
when filling from the offside.

My svelte 'arris doesn't get in anyone's way.


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I always park significantly forward. If someone (with a small/medium car) follows behind me I always try to leave enough room so they can start filling up while I'm paying.
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I've never seen anyone do that.

Park on either side of the nearest pump. - You can reach your filler regardless of which side it is on.

I've seen people queue needlessly because they think the filler has to face the pump - quite pleased that they do as often it means there is a spare pump they could have used which I now do.
No way! I will not drag a potentially dirty gritty hose across the back of the car with the risk of scratching it. Also the aerodynamics of the Giulietta means that on a wet day the back gets covered in spray and road grit which the hose would scratch into the paint. I am quite prepared to wait the extra time to pull up on the left side of the pump.

However if, god forbid, I wanted to get a coffee or do some shopping as well as pay for fuel I would move the car away from the pump before going inside.

The worse thing is when, having queued, you find that while the diesel nozzle is working the petrol one as that yellow tag saying "out of order" attached to the hose where it couldn't be seen until you are close up to the pump.

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Who is dragging? Park far enough forward so the hose reaches behind the car without touching it. And park right up against the pump platform so that it's not reaching as far, and you're not in the way of the next pump.
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Who is dragging? Park far enough forward so the hose reaches behind the car without touching it. And park right up against the pump platform so that it's not reaching as far, and you're not in the way of the next pump.
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With the right hand controlling the nozzle use the left hand to hold the hose away from the rear of the car. (If filler is on the right).

Problem is really that filling stations are shops with fuel pumps and not fuel filling stations with shop.
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Who is dragging? Park far enough forward so the hose reaches behind the car without touching it. And park right up against the pump platform so that it's not reaching as far, and you're not in the way of the next pump.
It's not rocket science, is it......


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The other day some woman pulled up at my regular filling station, parked right next to a pump and went around the shop buying groceries without even buying fuel.

The layout of the forecourt was such that she was blocking a whole row of pumps.

The worst part was that there was adquate parking to the side of the forecourt. The only thing was it would have required her to walk a few more yards.
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A petrol station I often use on the way to work also appears to operate as a coffee bar , using the people who are supposed to be cashiers as baristas. Two people to take the money for the fuel from a long queue then go off to make customers a coffee as the queue grows. Just so people can drink a coffee as they drive round the M25. So not only do you have to wait in line for too long but you then share the road with people who are distracted by a piping hot cup of coffee in their car.
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We've seen this before but still worth watching.

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You can't operate the fuel pumps yourself here. It's all attendant served.

They don't care what side you park as the hoses are on long cantilevers that they can swing around to either side.

Nobody leaves their car while it's being filled. It's normally too hot and with your engine off you need to keep the doors/windows closed to retain your a/c before you cook.

Also - given the heat - if you want to go into the shop you will always drive over to park right outside it once you've fuelled up.

I've gotten used to it now - so I think I'm going to find it hard to readjust to the cretins who do the weekly shop while occupying the pump slot in the UK.....
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You can't operate the fuel pumps yourself here. It's all attendant served.

They don't care what side you park as the hoses are on long cantilevers that they can swing around to either side.

Nobody leaves their car while it's being filled. It's normally too hot and with your engine off you need to keep the doors/windows closed to retain your a/c before you cook.

Also - given the heat - if you want to go into the shop you will always drive over to park right outside it once you've fuelled up.

I've gotten used to it now - so I think I'm going to find it hard to readjust to the cretins who do the weekly shop while occupying the pump slot in the UK.....
I do recall cantilevers here once I'm sure. It seems they replaced them with cuntileavers.
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It's not rocket science, is it......


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You've got a long memory. I came across my use of that quote only ten minutes ago.

Back to the original rant. I recall a Shell Station in Grimsby that had the typical pumps with hoses both sides but the aisle between was only wide enough for one car. Hence only 50% of the pumps could be used at any time. Add that to the queue to pay and through put was awful. Nevertheless because of it's location at the end of the A180 (main route into and out of town to the rest of the country) it was always busy. I haven't used it for some time but I doubt that it has been redeveloped.
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Yes, I've been to stations with double sided pumps which only have one lane width between them. Bit pointless.
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For filling old Jags, perhaps?
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SAAB has LPG filler in the centre so any pump will do, there's a petrol filler somewhere, I've seen the release button.

The Jaag's is on the n/s boot deck, would have liked the XK6 style twin filler though.
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I try and avoid filling stations which double up as supermarkets.

We have a Esso/Tesco express nearby and I won't use it because I don't think I should have to queue up behind people who are buying groceries.

A few bits and pieces is ok, but not a weekly shop.

They need to have fuel only cashier lanes in places like that.
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Shell has introduced a pay by smartphone system but they are the only ones without supermarkets!
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That made me laugh so much!
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