I want to recruit you all to bring back details from your home municipalities to stamp out this week’s egregious annoyance:
People Who Smoke At Gas Pumps
I don’t think I’d ever seen anyone do that before a month ago, but now it’s happened to me several times.
Once it was a quikee-mart customer, who stood right between the pumps for shelter from the wind while he lit up. He walked right past two fueling cars out to the sidewalk bus stop, about 20 ft away.
But three times it’s been employees ! One guy was out at the pump using a lighter to fray-proof the end of a nylon retractor cable. One was a kid standing outside the cashier’s booth smoking, the other an old woman sweeping the sidewalk with a two-inch ash hanging off her Kool.
Each time I asked the employees if they thought this was such a great idea… lighter-boy stared at the Bic as though it had sprouted ears and slunk back inside. Ditto with cashierboy. The old lady told me to mind my own business and she was allowed to smoke where she was working. It’s true that she was on the far side of a painted line along the curb from the service bay, but it was about ten feet from the pump.
Aren’t there any uniform codes for this? I thought I’d seen “No Smoking 50 Feet” on propane tanks, but all the signs I’ve seen just say “No Smoking”. No laws or codes are cited on the signs. Maybe it’s local, as I know cities and counties have different fire codes for buildings. Wouldn’t gas stations fall under some kind of federal DOT requirements?
What I’d really like is to saunter up armed with the “Revised Code of Washington 45.21a.120” or something to quote to impress upon them the business AND fire-safety implications of this practice.
So do me a favor and see if there’s teeth in the “No Smoking” sign at your fuel depot. Local codes, state codes, or federal codes are welcome.
I’m not a weenie or a busybody, I just have a certain queasiness about immolation.
“You can’t tell me what sucks!” - Beavis, a true Objectivist