Dave's Fuel Rant Page

by Dave Schultheis

Fuel Rant, Part One

Don't you just hate it when you go into a gasoline station to refuel your motorcycle, only to find that the fuel dispensing nozzle is new, very tight, and you can't get it to fill at any "speed" except full blast?

When I'm filling the tank on my motorcycle, I want a nozzle that can be controlled by the amount of pressure I exert on the handle. I want to be able to slow the flow as the tank gets closer to "full," so that I can fill the tank to the top, but not have it spill all over my paint.

Fuel Rant, Part Two

My gasoline credit card company "protects" me from fraud by generating an internal fraud alert when I have refueled twice in a day. I appreciate that protection, but when I'm travelling long distances by motorcycle, I must stop for fuel more often than when driving a car, because of the smaller tank size.

Consequently, when I try to "pay at the pump" for the third time (or more) in a day, a message on the pump often tells me to "see cashier," in other words: go inside to pay. This causes a few minutes delay, and much more if they're busy.

I wish their fraud trigger would be the amount of fuel purchased instead of the number of fuel stops. True, I can notify them that I'll be traveling, but that's one more thing that must be done before leaving. Why can't they be flexible enough to accomodate my request?

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Created on February 25, 2003. Last updated on April 18, 2004.
David W. Schultheis, San Josť, Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County, California, USA