Sunday, November 26, 2006

Cigarettes at the Gas Station

selfportrait.11.24.06 - habit by karmagrrrl, uploaded from flickr.

A few weeks ago I saw a man at the Hess Mobile gas station in West Roxbury pumping gas with his car engine running while smoking a cigarette and talking on a cell phone.

It was the trifecta of terror!

Instead of confronting him, because he would have beaten me up, I told the gas station attendant about it.

She replied that they have an inbuilt sprinkler system that would handle it.

You would think that the attendant should actually handle it BEFORE the explosion.


  1. Anonymous12:31 PM

    she is getting paid two bucks an hour, and is probably under strict orders to NEVER leave her booth. do you think she is really going to tell him to stop. if it really bothered you that much, you shoud have just told him to extinguish the butt. as far as the cell phone, i think mythbusters busted that one, but i could be wrong.

  2. Guess what? She was already outside by my car.

    I'll have to contact HESS to see what their rules are about gas station safety. I would hope that there are rules about what do do if someone drives up and starts lighting up a gas grill for a Sunday tailgate party.

    You are right about mythbusters nd the cellphone, they pretty much showed that's not going to explode the gas station.

  3. Nathan sends this photo in:

    A blonde in St. Petersburg ran out of fuel, so she decided to fuel the car herself with a jerrican she had in her trunk. She took it out, then grabbed a funnel, so she was thinking she was doing everything right. The only think she forgot is to put out her cigarette.

  4. Anonymous3:42 PM

    Hadn't heard that the MythBusters debunked the cell phone foolishness, but glad to hear it. What's really stupid about that whole thing is that at Mobil stations with SpeedPass (which I have), there is a f'ing radio transmitter in the pump to energize the passive transponder in the SpeedPass. But oh noooo, you can't use a cell phone that puts out a few milliwatts of r.f. energy.

    This is what happens when lawyers run amok.

  5. Anonymous8:35 PM

    I bet her employer (and the insurance company) would have loved to hear that response!

  6. Anonymous6:22 AM

    Steve, if you didn't want to confront the guy, could you imagine how the clerk felt?

    The smoking thing is usually a part of the town (and state) regulations for having a permit to sell gasoline. If you get no where with Hess corp, you could file a formal complaint with the town.

    And I don't think it would be over reacting! That customer put EVERYONE in danger, and not by using the cell phone. Gasoline vapors are invisible and can kill.

    Oh, and watch out for static filled fleece coats in winter. I'm pretty sure that unlike the cell phones, the static can be sufficient to cause a fire.

  7. Hess responded to my complaint asking for the exact station location and after thinking about it, I realized that is was a Mobil station and not Hess.

    I've revised the post, made a new post with a correction and notified Hess.

    Thank Hess.