Gas: One Job Maker We’d Support
By JOHN M. DERBY
November 9, 2017
The gas gauge was on empty and we could not make it to our
meeting without a fill-up.
The gas station we went to had given us trouble before when
we tried to lock the trigger on the pump handle down.
This time the pump refused to pump unless we held the trigger
down. Then when the gas tank filled to overflow, the pump
did not shut off.
Before we knew it, the entire left leg of our pants was
soaked with gas as well as our left shoe.
We should have called the gas station manager and complained,
but we were now in a rush to go home and change our clothes
just to make the meeting.
It was an upsetting experience and one which made us wonder
why it is that California gas stations don’t offer
service with their gas.
Don’t tell us that it would cause a major increase
in the price of gas; we already pay too much, especially
after last week’s 12 cent increase.
Merced County always seems to get hit particularly bad.
All anyone needs to do is drive 20 miles or so to Turlock
where prices can drop 25 to 30 cents.
This state needs to return to “Service Stations”
not “lack of service stations.” Service stations
used to provide entry level jobs for thousands of people.
These were important jobs which taught people to be to work
on time, to be courteous, and dress properly. It’s
also convenient, keeps people from getting out of their
cars, and gets them on their way quickly.
Gas is highly lethal and we have watched many people continue
to smoke while pumping their own gas.
We have personally had several occasions when the pump did
not turn on without a lot of trouble, and in this one case,
we went to our meeting smelling like we had just been dunked
in a gas can.
Time to turn tell the gas companies, enough is enough. Without
entry level jobs, how can people become a part of this country’s
As one job applicant responded when asked about his lack
of experience, “How can I gain experience if no one
will hire me in the first place?”
Let’s put these people back to work at a job which
is very important and needs to be done right.