No, I Can't Make an Exception Just For You

The place where I work has some pretty steadfast rules.  There's things we can do, things we can not. It's a gas station, it kind of has to be organized.

And over the course of any given shift I am consistently floored by the high opinion that people have of themselves.  Thinking that I am willing to risk my job and break the rules just for them.  Keep in mind please, these are people I have never met before in my life.

Not saying that I can break rules for people I know, I can't.  Let's be realistic though, if a friend asks me for a favor I'm far more likely to do it than if some stranger on the street asks me.  Flawed logic maybe, I don't know, but that's life. 

Back to my point.  My biggest peeve?  The fire lane.  We have a fire lane in front of the store.. NO PARKING.  Customer will come in, I nicely explain that they have parked in a fire lane and could they please move?

"I'll just be a minute."

"Oh.. well I won't do it next time."

"Everyone else parks there."

"Sue me."

And my absolute all-time favorite...

"Well you're not planning to have a fire in the next five minutes."

Who on earth would plan to have a fire at a gas station?!

This is not just my little rule that I made up... it's a city by-law.  Not only can city officials give you a $150 fine, police officers and fire fighters can too.  But every single day I suffer abuse from the mouths (and the odd middle finger salute) of people who think that they are above these rules.

Next on my list?  People who think the pre-pay law is optional. 

It's not.

Get over it.

I can not take the pump off pre-pay and allow you to pump your gas and then let you come inside and pay for it. 

For starters, it's not possible.  I just flat-out don't have the ability to make the computer do that... those keys aren't left out for me to use.  Secondly, why on earth would I risk loosing up to $100 worth of business for my boss?  You're honest?  I can trust you?  You promise to come in a pay for it?

If you think people are all really like that, I have some shares in the warmest climate in the world for you, located right next to the South Pole... how much warmer can you get than ALL the way south?

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