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Old 10-12-2008, 09:22 PM   #1
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Default BP Cowes charging for air

After what shaped up to be the best weekend for racing in Victoria, myself and 15 other riders waited patiently at the BP service Station in Cowes to top up with some much needed juioce for the trip back to Melbourne.

The service station, having just had its tanks topped up, opened the closed pumps. Carefully, I put the fuller nozzle into my tank and squeezed the trigger. Nothing but compressed air come out. I tried again. Again nothing. I called the attendant over, who advised me to hang up the pump, come inside and pay the $$ that had appeared on the pumps display. WHAT.??!!! Pay for air..!!!??

After protesting at having to pay for nothing, the attendant advised he was calling the police and having me charged with theft.

3 minutes later 2 police cars and a transport wagon arrived.
Statements were taken by up to 5 witnesses. ironically, the daughter of the sites owner (who owns the land, buildings etc) unknowingly to me, paid for the air, and encouraged the attendants to "drop it"...

Narrowly avoiding a charge of theft (for nothing but air). I had a friend wheel my bike to another pump, top it off and pay - as I was not allowed back on the premises.

Moral(s) of the story - never be the first person to use a petrol pump. Keep an eye on the end of the filler nozzle as you never know if there's actually anything coming out of it.
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Old 10-13-2008, 07:50 AM   #2
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Was it 93 octane air?
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Old 10-13-2008, 07:59 AM   #3
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You have to use motorcycle specific air in the gas tank, not car air...that's why it didn't work.
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:53 AM   #4
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BTW, how much did they want you to pay?
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:07 PM   #5
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Could be worse. Some poor retired sap in Florida just got put in jail for contempt because he wouldn't resod his lawn. Couldn't afford it. The HA complained so the old guy is off to jail until the lawn gets sodded. Since he can't afford it I guess he's in jail forever.

And they say we don't have debtor's prisons.
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Yeah, that is truly bizarre news, Seru. I'm having a hard time figuring out what the legal hook is that could permit imprisonment.
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Old 10-13-2008, 01:07 PM   #7
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Yeah, that is truly bizarre news, Seru. I'm having a hard time figuring out what the legal hook is that could permit imprisonment.

Dunno, but he definitely didn't have the lawn on his side!
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Old 10-13-2008, 01:29 PM   #8
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Dunno, but he definitely didn't have the lawn on his side!
I guess he's off to greener pastures...
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Old 10-13-2008, 02:25 PM   #9
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Could be worse. Some poor retired sap in Florida
Speaking of retired saps in Floriduh:

Pompano woman, 90, killed driving new sports car -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
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Old 10-13-2008, 06:10 PM   #10
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Yeah, that is truly bizarre news, Seru. I'm having a hard time figuring out what the legal hook is that could permit imprisonment.
It was in the St Petersburg times. It sounds like the judge used that catch-all "contempt".

Although I can't figure why a judge would go that far in a home owners assoc dispute. Especially since Florida is in a freaking drought!
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