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26 Jan 2013 10:05 PM   |   4507 clicks   |   Chronicle Herald
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Tony_Pepperoni    [TotalFark]  
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26 Jan 2013 08:32 PM
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener     
On that fall day, police responded to what they called a "gas and go" and said the culprit was caught on camera.

It doesn't *quite* have the same ring as a "dine and dash."

26 Jan 2013 08:37 PM
wtfisthat    [TotalFark]  
*starts taking notes* What else should I remember for future Gas and Go experiences?

26 Jan 2013 08:45 PM
PhiloeBedoe    [TotalFark]  
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26 Jan 2013 09:42 PM
Doktor_Zhivago    [TotalFark]  
start CSB/

I saw a dude do it the other day. He just threw the nozzle on the ground really hard (made a loud enough smack so that everyone turned and looked) and hopped in his car and peeled out without closing his gas cap. Like dude, if you just put it back on the thing and drove off normally instead of making a scene no one would've noticed. Instead like 3 people pulled out their phones to call the cops at the same time.


/end CSB

26 Jan 2013 10:14 PM
moothemagiccow     

Doktor_Zhivago: start CSB/

I saw a dude do it the other day. He just threw the nozzle on the ground really hard (made a loud enough smack so that everyone turned and looked) and hopped in his car and peeled out without closing his gas cap. Like dude, if you just put it back on the thing and drove off normally instead of making a scene no one would've noticed. Instead like 3 people pulled out their phones to call the cops at the same time.


/end CSB


I'm pretty sure this is a pro-tip, not a CSB

26 Jan 2013 10:16 PM
bmr68     
Local BP gas station by my house when I first started driving had those old mechanical pumps. Pull out the pump handle then turn the lever to start the pump. The attendant would then use a key to zero out the pump after you used it. One of the pumps had a malfunction that allowed the the pump to zero out if you jiggled the lever. I would pump for awhile then zero out the pump and continue pumping. I got half my gas free that summer until the pump was fixed.

Yep I was a little dirt bag.

26 Jan 2013 10:24 PM
Oznog     

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: On that fall day, police responded to what they called a "gas and go" and said the culprit was caught on camera.

It doesn't *quite* have the same ring as a "dine and dash."


What's wrong with "gas 'n dash"? It rhymes!

26 Jan 2013 10:25 PM
davidphogan     
I hated people that did this, but cameras are cheap enough I also hated that my employer wouldn't install them.

26 Jan 2013 10:30 PM
Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion     

Doktor_Zhivago: start CSB/

I saw a dude do it the other day. He just threw the nozzle on the ground really hard (made a loud enough smack so that everyone turned and looked) and hopped in his car and peeled out without closing his gas cap. Like dude, if you just put it back on the thing and drove off normally instead of making a scene no one would've noticed. Instead like 3 people pulled out their phones to call the cops at the same time.


/end CSB


I bet he had to poop.

26 Jan 2013 10:32 PM
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener     

Oznog: What's wrong with "gas 'n dash"? It rhymes!


Exactly that! It flows!

26 Jan 2013 10:37 PM
LionHound     
Around here (Lexington area KY) it's been prepay for cash or use a card, just about everywhere, for at least the past 8 years or so. If they do that, how are drive-offs even possible?

26 Jan 2013 10:39 PM
KidneyStone     

LionHound: Around here (Lexington area KY) it's been prepay for cash or use a card, just about everywhere, for at least the past 8 years or so. If they do that, how are drive-offs even possible?


In the civilized World, which most city-dwellers wouldn't recognize, we still have faith in people and let them pump first.

26 Jan 2013 10:41 PM
Kygz     
Maybe he thought he had an account?

/still gott sign your slip

26 Jan 2013 10:44 PM
SpdrJay     
People who do this should just bomb the station before they drive off--that way no witnesses and no video.

26 Jan 2013 10:46 PM
studebaker hoch     
I don't know where these mythical "gas first pay later" pumps are but I haven't seen one in about 20 years.

26 Jan 2013 10:46 PM
Captain Horatio Mindblower     
Subby is probably right that "gas and go" perpetrators should choose a different gas station each time. But all you can conclude from this case is that you should change gas stations every ten times.

26 Jan 2013 10:52 PM
iron de havilland    [TotalFark]  

KidneyStone: LionHound: Around here (Lexington area KY) it's been prepay for cash or use a card, just about everywhere, for at least the past 8 years or so. If they do that, how are drive-offs even possible?

In the civilized World, which most city-dwellers wouldn't recognize,


Hmm.

You may need to study out some stuff.

26 Jan 2013 10:52 PM
Captain Horatio Mindblower     
Oznog: What's wrong with "gas 'n dash"? It rhymes!

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener:Exactly that! It flows!

It may flow, but it doesn't rhyme.

26 Jan 2013 10:55 PM
Chinchillazilla     

iron de havilland: KidneyStone: LionHound: Around here (Lexington area KY) it's been prepay for cash or use a card, just about everywhere, for at least the past 8 years or so. If they do that, how are drive-offs even possible?

In the civilized World, which most city-dwellers wouldn't recognize,

Hmm.

You may need to study out some stuff.


Captain Carrot agrees with you.

26 Jan 2013 10:57 PM
BeerGraduate     
Gassin' up? Smell ya later.

/send 'em to the chambers

26 Jan 2013 11:00 PM
moothemagiccow     

Captain Horatio Mindblower: Oznog: What's wrong with "gas 'n dash"? It rhymes!

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener:Exactly that! It flows!

It may flow, but it doesn't rhyme.


Clearly Oznog has a lisp

26 Jan 2013 11:01 PM
AverageAmericanGuy    [TotalFark]  
High octane gasoline is rebranded low octane gasoline.

- petrole

26 Jan 2013 11:02 PM
DoctorCal    [TotalFark]  
'Gash and dash' rhymes.

26 Jan 2013 11:07 PM
hobnail     

Captain Horatio Mindblower: Oznog: What's wrong with "gas 'n dash"? It rhymes!

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener:Exactly that! It flows!

It may flow, but it doesn't rhyme.


I believe that's what's called an assonance.

26 Jan 2013 11:09 PM
Captain Horatio Mindblower     
DoctorCal 'Gash and dash' rhymes.

That crime is called "eats, shoots, and leaves".

26 Jan 2013 11:12 PM
Tony_Pepperoni    [TotalFark]  
I remember when they pumped the gas for you and it was 89 cents a gallon.

/off my lawn

26 Jan 2013 11:17 PM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  

studebaker hoch: I don't know where these mythical "gas first pay later" pumps are but I haven't seen one in about 20 years.


Everywhere else in the world, we pay first gas second, but then we don't have these problems of idiots gassing up and driving away ELEVEN TIMES before someone stops them.

26 Jan 2013 11:19 PM
someguy945     

KidneyStone: LionHound: Around here (Lexington area KY) it's been prepay for cash or use a card, just about everywhere, for at least the past 8 years or so. If they do that, how are drive-offs even possible?

In the civilized World, which most city-dwellers wouldn't recognize, we still have faith in people and let them pump first.


And does that actually accomplish anything useful or is it just something to feel smug about?

26 Jan 2013 11:26 PM
VvonderJesus     
Actually, if it worked ten times before, why wouldn't I try it again?

26 Jan 2013 11:27 PM
Huntceet     

Tony_Pepperoni: I remember when they pumped the gas for you and it was 89 cents a gallon.

/off my lawn


I remember when they pumped it for you and cleaned your windshield and checked your oil and tires and gave you a free drinking glass or a box of tissues and it was 32 cents a gallon.

26 Jan 2013 11:27 PM
mrbach     

studebaker hoch: I don't know where these mythical "gas first pay later" pumps are but I haven't seen one in about 20 years.



Canada.

/it's like America, but not as scary.

26 Jan 2013 11:29 PM
Tony_Pepperoni    [TotalFark]  

Huntceet: Tony_Pepperoni: I remember when they pumped the gas for you and it was 89 cents a gallon.

/off my lawn

I remember when they pumped it for you and cleaned your windshield and checked your oil and tires and gave you a free drinking glass or a box of tissues and it was 32 cents a gallon.


Ahhh the good old days.

26 Jan 2013 11:31 PM
iron de havilland    [TotalFark]  

Chinchillazilla: iron de havilland: KidneyStone: LionHound: Around here (Lexington area KY) it's been prepay for cash or use a card, just about everywhere, for at least the past 8 years or so. If they do that, how are drive-offs even possible?

In the civilized World, which most city-dwellers wouldn't recognize,

Hmm.

You may need to study out some stuff.

Captain Carrot agrees with you.


Oh man. Terry Pratchett may have planted some form of logic bomb in my mind. He was my favourite author back in the day - I have a signed 1st edition of Maskerade - although I did kind of grow out of him, in that I grew to dislike his reaching attempts to graft the modern, real world upon the Discworld - cf. c-mail etc.

But I cannot place the reference you're raising.

/Of course, he suffers from Alzheimers these days, but I would love to sit down and have a pint with him.
//Genuinely good guy,

26 Jan 2013 11:31 PM
slackananda     
From TFA: "It may have worked 11 other times, but it looks like a Halifax man's luck at the pumps has finally run out."

Ten other times.... It worked ten other times.

Oh well, math is hard.

26 Jan 2013 11:38 PM
BioStormX     
There are still gas stations that don't make you prepay? Huh..

26 Jan 2013 11:41 PM
moothemagiccow     

studebaker hoch: I don't know where these mythical "gas first pay later" pumps are but I haven't seen one in about 20 years.


halifax

26 Jan 2013 11:41 PM
Dwight_Yeast     

studebaker hoch: I don't know where these mythical "gas first pay later" pumps are but I haven't seen one in about 20 years.


Pretty much. Every gas station around here requires you to swipe your credit card or pay cash before you can pump. Except Jersey, where it's still illegal to pump your own gas.

26 Jan 2013 11:46 PM
jtown     

Huntceet: Tony_Pepperoni: I remember when they pumped the gas for you and it was 89 cents a gallon.

/off my lawn

I remember when they pumped it for you and cleaned your windshield and checked your oil and tires and gave you a free drinking glass or a box of tissues and it was 32 cents a gallon.


It's kinda nice having a modern car that can go the full interval without needing additional oil. And my modern car has a TPMS which will alert me if one of the tires is significantly lower than the rest. It's not even a luxury model.

The rest was nice, tho. Especially the price. I still remember the day I put $10 in my motorcycle. Holy crap. Admittedly, it had a big tank and I went well into the reserve so I could squeeze in a bit extra to push it over the top but still...

26 Jan 2013 11:47 PM
LordOfThePings     

hobnail: Captain Horatio Mindblower: Oznog: What's wrong with "gas 'n dash"? It rhymes!

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener:Exactly that! It flows!

It may flow, but it doesn't rhyme.

I believe that's what's called an assonance.


Assonance and dashonance. How could you?

27 Jan 2013 12:00 AM
danno_to_infinity     
a lonnnnng time ago, I used to work in the gas station/retail business. Being hick hampshire, we'd let people gas first pay after. I was a management flunkie who was sent to stations that needed help. In the week before I got there, something like 17 drive offs took place. The station was smack dab in the middle of a traffic circle of some fairly major roads, the maine border wasn't that far away.

I got on the cases of the employees, telling them to be more vigilant and to call every drive off to the police. Mostly it was a matter of getting them to pay attention to what the fark was going out outside the booth. Interestingly, as long as I was at the station, the drive offs almost ceased. Except for this one guy. In a pos that had a raised rear end, fat tires, lowered front end. Extremely identifiable car. I couldn't get his plate the first time he drove off. The next day, he was back again, I was doing paperwork when I looked up and saw the car. I asked the clerk if she had authorized the pump. "Of course." "That's the same guy that drove off on us yesterday." "Oh? It is?". Face palm. As I go to walk outside, he drove off. Still no plate.

He was back again the next day. I told the clerk not to authorize the pump, and she looked very nervous when I said that. I could see the guy standing there at the pump, flicking the handle on the pump repeatedly while looking at the kiosk with a "WTF?" look on his face. I was on the phone to the cops, telling them the car was there right now, trying to get gas again. I went outside and he jumped in his car and took off, seconds before the cruiser with lights came barreling along after him.

About 25 minutes later, the cruiser comes to the station. "Uh, yeah. Apparently there was a little miscommunication here, he forgot his wallet and was going home to get his money." I was incredulous. "What about yesterday and the day before that?" "Yeah, about that. He's going to come back and pay you what he owes, and it would be appreciated if you accept it."

I didn't fall off the turnip truck yesterday. Somebody's daddy was a big shot somewhere. I said "Well, if he could be so kind as to remember his wallet each time he comes here, I'm sure everything will be just fine, would you agree?"

"Thank you. He's not going to do that again, I can promise you."
That was actually one of the more normal things that happened there. That year I spent working for that crew was a very weird year. I really wish I was into keeping a journal back then. Far too many farked up things are now lost memories, a lot of alcohol and drugs have been consumed since those daze. Probably just as well for plausible deniability.

27 Jan 2013 12:00 AM
Killer Cars     

danno_to_infinity: I got on the cases of the employees, telling them to be more vigilant and to call every drive off to the police. Mostly it was a matter of getting them to pay attention to what the fark was going out outside the booth.


I'm not proud of it, but I'll admit to being a "dipshiat, inattentive gas station employee" when I was one over a summer break during HS. An unused garage bay on-site was too perfect of a hangout for friends of mine to come over and smoke up while on the clock. I'm not terribly regretful of my actions only because the gas station owner was complete tool who would way too comfortably make impish comments about girls my age at the time...while also having a daughter who was my age.

27 Jan 2013 12:17 AM
BummerDuck     

danno_to_infinity: a lonnnnng time ago, I used to work in the gas station/retail business. Being hick hampshire, we'd let people gas first pay after. I was a management flunkie who was sent to stations that needed help. In the week before I got there, something like 17 drive offs took place.

About 25 minutes later, the cruiser comes to the station. "Uh, yeah. Apparently there was a little miscommunication here, he forgot his wallet and was going home to get his money." I was incredulous. "What about yesterday and the day before that?" "Yeah, about that. He's going to come back and pay you what he owe ...


17 drive offs the week before? then just one guy the next week when you blow into town? Can you say family and/or friends of the employees? I knew you could.

As to the other clown, must have been a cops son, if not *the* cops son. You should have demanded to press charges anyway, given the little f*rk a criminal record.

27 Jan 2013 12:32 AM
PsychedelicSpaghetti     
Round these parts the act is known as a 'pump and dump', filling both the flow and the rhyme structures.

27 Jan 2013 12:33 AM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  

Huntceet: Tony_Pepperoni: I remember when they pumped the gas for you and it was 89 cents a gallon.

/off my lawn

I remember when they pumped it for you and cleaned your windshield and checked your oil and tires and gave you a free drinking glass or a box of tissues and it was 32 cents a gallon.


Those halcyon days before OPEC flexed their oily muscles...

27 Jan 2013 01:00 AM
evil saltine     

Huntceet: Tony_Pepperoni: I remember when they pumped the gas for you and it was 89 cents a gallon.

/off my lawn

I remember when they pumped it for you and cleaned your windshield and checked your oil and tires and gave you a free drinking glass or a box of tissues and it was 32 cents a gallon.


Though most people made 32 cents an hour, so..

27 Jan 2013 01:35 AM
ReapTheChaos     
Where the hell can you buy gas that you don't have to prepay anymore? I haven't seen a gas station that would let you pay after you pump in 8 years.

27 Jan 2013 02:22 AM
imthefonze     

iron de havilland: KidneyStone: LionHound: Around here (Lexington area KY) it's been prepay for cash or use a card, just about everywhere, for at least the past 8 years or so. If they do that, how are drive-offs even possible?

In the civilized World, which most city-dwellers wouldn't recognize,

Hmm.

You may need to study out some stuff.


I wanna move where you live. Sounds like a good ole small town.

27 Jan 2013 03:35 AM
imthefonze     

jtown: Huntceet: Tony_Pepperoni: I remember when they pumped the gas for you and it was 89 cents a gallon.

/off my lawn

I remember when they pumped it for you and cleaned your windshield and checked your oil and tires and gave you a free drinking glass or a box of tissues and it was 32 cents a gallon.

It's kinda nice having a modern car that can go the full interval without needing additional oil. And my modern car has a TPMS which will alert me if one of the tires is significantly lower than the rest. It's not even a luxury model.

The rest was nice, tho. Especially the price. I still remember the day I put $10 in my motorcycle. Holy crap. Admittedly, it had a big tank and I went well into the reserve so I could squeeze in a bit extra to push it over the top but still...


Yeah, the good old days. Where it didnt take a mechanic 6 years of school to be able to figure out what was wrong because there wasnt a sensor attavhed to every single part of the car. (i still havent bought a car made after 74 to date.)

27 Jan 2013 03:40 AM
imthefonze     
Also the oil interval thing has tk do with the technology associated with oil, not the car.your fancy car just has more things that can break nowadays.

27 Jan 2013 03:42 AM
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