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EGeezer
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Re: Oregon motorist billed for ripping off gas pump hose

When I was a kid in high school I worked at a Sinclair station on U.S. Route 40 back before the interstates. (actually I worked at three different stations, but I worked at the Rt. 40 Sinclair the most.)

Back then, there were no self serve pumps. The bell would ring when the cars drove in over the ringer hose. We'd go out from the garage, gas up the car, clean the windshield and if the driver wanted, we'd check the air in the tires and check the oil and radiator for them, replenish their swamp coolers and fill up their desert bags with fresh drinking water. (Yes, we did see a few of those in Ohio).

When we weren't pumping gas we were doing oil changes, tires and minor repairs. on customer cars. We also had equipment for recapping tires.

No one ever drove off with the nozzle still in the filler, nor did anyone ever drive off without paying even though we pumped the gas before collecting the money.

It used to tick me off when some kid would ride his bike over the hose or ump up and down on it to make the bell ring. But then, I did it when I was little, so I guess it was a little payback ...


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said by EGeezer:

When I was a kid in high school I worked at a Sinclair station on U.S. Route 40 back before the interstates.

Wow...
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EGeezer
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said by Cho Baka:

said by EGeezer:

When I was a kid in high school I worked at a Sinclair station on U.S. Route 40 back before the interstates.

Wow...

Yeah, I'm old. Interstates didn't reach our area until 1961. I used to ride my trusty Zundapp Bella on the construction roads when they were building our stretch of I-70.

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said by EGeezer:

said by Cho Baka:

said by EGeezer:

When I was a kid in high school I worked at a Sinclair station on U.S. Route 40 back before the interstates.

Wow...

Yeah, I'm old. Interstates didn't reach our area until 1961. I used to ride my trusty Zundapp Bella on the construction roads when they were building our stretch of I-70.

im only 34 but when i was a kid there was 15 full service stations in my town and 5 self serves, now there is 1 full serve and 7 self stations. and yes i used to abuse the bell with my bike! i pumped gas at a station when i was 19 and yep the kids payed me back.

you mention riding on an interstate, when they were building autoroute 30 in my neck of the woods it sat paved but un connected for 6 months, (both ends interchanges had yet to be built) it was a great bike path!