I think I have ranted about this before but the recent stop at the gas station spurs me on to ask the question again—-what is the appropriate way to approach the pumps? I wish that the car manufacturers would just get with the program and put gas tanks on the same side of every car. I think that would help solve the gas station pump approach issues that arise! Maybe…..
I needed to fill up Chris’s car and was going to run it through the car wash the other day and every other person in Mason City was doing the same thing at our favorite gas station. Seriously, who put the text out saying “Beth Ann is now approaching the gas station–ya’ll go block her path!!”? Craziness. Simply put. So the picture is as follows: cars headed the opposite way –front bumper to front bumper, cars cutting through the spaces between pumps to get to the one on the other side that no one is at, huge gaps between pumps that make it impossible to get to the one you want to because yes–another car is parked right in the middle and is blocking everything! ARGH! I waited patiently for a pump and another thing that I think exacerbates (word of the day there folks!) the issue is that this station offers a discount if you GO IN and pay inside. Well, that just clogs things up, in my humble opinion. I get the whole save 4 cents a gallon deal but it makes it slow progress on the outside if people go in to pay, leave their car and you are the one who wants to pump gas in their spot.
So, what do YOU do when you go to a gas station? Do you make sure you are headed the same way as the rest of the cars in the row or do you just find the available pump and park however. Does it depend upon how much time you have? I don’t know. I would really like to know if there is a hard and fast rule here or if it is just me who is troubled by this! Probably so.
Enjoy the pictures gleaned from the internet of gas station faux pas!!!