August 17, 2006

gas my ass

I pull up to the gas pump. Get out of my car while talking on the phone to my pal Mrs. G. I hear someone in the distance yelling from their car but assume it has noting to do with me.


I proceed to put the nozzle in my gas tank. The women with a high pitched voice is still yelling. I look over in her direction as I continue to talk on the phone.


Wait.


It appears the women is talking to me. I say, I can't hear you. She responds in a large voice you aren't suppose to be talking on your cell phone at the gas station. My response why? and who says? Duh, she responds everyone knows it's a fire hazard, it's common knowledge. I respond. I don't see a sign.

She speeds away.


Uhm thanks. Isn't the whole cell phone-gas station deal an urban myth?

Maybe I should have offered her a smoke.

14 Comments:

Blogger Kel said...

I think it is. I know a Mythbusters did a whole thing on it and they just couldn't get the darn thing to explode.

Some people are just too paranoid.

August 17, 2006 9:36 AM  
Blogger Karen Rani said...

No it isn't an urban myth at all. It is a fire hazard - gas fumes + cell phone static electricity = you blowing up. You turkey, it's common knowledge!

It's actually rare, but it has happened:
http://www.snopes.com/autos/hazards/static.asp

August 17, 2006 10:01 AM  
Blogger hotdrwife said...

What's next? All of us living in a big bubble? Geesh. nothing is safe anymore!

August 17, 2006 11:43 AM  
Blogger Kailani said...

I would like to know the real deal about this. Can we or can't we? I do see signs posted at the gas station but I also see people talking on their phones. Maybe I better go do some research.

The Pink Diary

August 17, 2006 12:38 PM  
Blogger She said...

LMAO, yeah that happened to my friend not to long ago except the clerk inside said over the loud speaker "Ma'am at pump 5 get off your cell phone and I'll turn the pump on". I think it is just dumb and that ppl are too uptight. I want an article on someone blowing up a gas station whilst talking on their cell for me to believe this one. It makes you wonder if it is really a fire hazard or a control issue.

August 17, 2006 1:38 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Urban myths aside - why did she find it necessary to yell at you and then drive off (as if just by talking to you it would cause her to "blow up" as well?) - that's just rude. It's not like that scene in the birds when the guy was about to light up a cigarette and the gas was spilling towards him... everyone was screaming at him, that's completely different.

August 17, 2006 2:20 PM  
Blogger Hothousemomma said...

I am cracking up about the scene from the birds. Yes, I would like to know if this is true or not. I have never seen any signs at the gas station saying no cell phone talking. Nor have I scene/heard anything from any local fire departments. If it's true then really I'm not in the mood to combust. Do tell if you find out?

August 17, 2006 3:57 PM  
Blogger Karen Rani said...

I checked our gas station tonight and there are teeny tiny signs with a picture. I guess those signs are only for people with teeny tiny cell phones. Ha ha. It's something to do with static, and my friend told me someone on Oprah had it happen to her - whatever. The chances must be there, however small, or they wouldn't warn us.

Stupid tho. I am c'mon. What are the chances? Like one in a bazillion? Call it natural selection, cellular style.

August 17, 2006 6:46 PM  
Blogger Hothousemomma said...

This is so crazy. Maybe in Canada they warn cell phone users. Not in the states. I knew about the whole static deal -but didnt occur to me to not talk on the cell.

August 17, 2006 7:19 PM  
Blogger Brooke & Brandi said...

Um, there are signs posted all over gas stations warning not to use your cel phones in the states.....take a look around next time. HA

August 17, 2006 8:53 PM  
Blogger Hothousemomma said...

This article says what a lot of us were thinking all along, you would have to have every element in play to have some time of explosion.
So not convinced ,but generally I don't talk on the phone at the gas station anyway!

http://www.safetycenter.navy.mil/ARTICLES/cellphone.htm

August 17, 2006 9:19 PM  
Blogger The G Family said...

I personally have never seen signs at the station, I guess I too need to look around more but quite frankly I am just there to fill up and get the heck out of there. I have seen plenty of people on phones fillin up so must be a lot of us that have never noticed the signs if they are there. I guess that means no polyester pants either sense they can create some static of their own as well (thank God we don't wear poly). I still can't believe the lady yelled at you but I did hear it with my own ears hangin on the other end of that matchstick.

August 17, 2006 9:34 PM  
Blogger Hothousemomma said...

let's bring back the poly! Stopppp I'm dying about the matchstick!

August 18, 2006 6:19 AM  
Blogger bethrat said...

I think I'm more irritated by the B&B comment than your encounter with the phone police

August 22, 2006 7:42 PM  

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