Pumping Gas: One Job Maker We’d Support

By JOHN M. DERBY
TIMES PUBLISHER
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 work force?
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?”
Good Question.
Let’s put these people back to work at a job which is very important and needs to be done right.


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