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Old 05-20-2006, 09:28 AM
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I ask this because it seems there are too many idiots out there......
Got my haircut this morning and stopped to fuel up the truck. When I was at the pump, a couple in a BMW pull up on the other side of the pumps and he gets out to fill up; after he starts pumping, he pulls out a smoke and lights up while standing beside the car. I look at him and told him that he might not mind burning up, but I have no desire to.......he glares at me and throws down the cigarette and steps on it.
Sometimes I yearn for the days when stupid people got eaten by wild animals....
Old 05-20-2006, 09:32 AM
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Similar thing happened to me, but it was a 30-something year old woman talking on a cell-phone, who lit up. I suggested that she not do that while fueling, and pointed to the sign on the pump. She told me to F-off.
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When I worked in Dallas a tech in a body shop was pulling a gas tank out of a car and spilled some gasoline. How do you clean up such a mess?

You guessed it...shop vac.

BOOM!

;?
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Common sense died back in th 70's

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As the sayin' goes....."Common sense ain't too common anymore"

And it depends - are you ASKIN'? Or are you LOOKIN'?.....

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to quote John Prine from his song "common sense"....."it don't make much sense that common sense don't make much sense no more"
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When I lived up north a guy tried the shop vac trick in the bilge of his boat to clean up some spilled gasoline (apparently he was changing fuel filters or something)

BOOM!

He was blown clear of the boat and had 2nd and 3rd degree burns over most of his body. The explosion blew the fire out; the boat was mostly unharmed other than a hatch that disappeared in the blast.

The idiot lived, surprisingly.

I heard the blast from across the lake; we were waterskiing at the time.

About a month later another guy pumped about 20 gallons into his bilge through a rod holder, then, realizing what he had done, turned on the bilge pump in an attempt to get it out of there.

He lived too (dove off as it lit) but the boat went up like a bomb and had to be pushed off the dock - where it promptly burned to the waterline and sank.

Both happened at my former marina!
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You know that little vortex that you see when you flush the toilet??????? I'm afraid that most of the common sense in the world went down with the toilet paper......... Makes me sad..........
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In the "For whatever its worth" category....

Common sense was once defined to me as - "Everything I know that you don't". ;?
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You handled it a lot better than I would have... I don't think I would have held back as well as you did and I probably would have asked something like "Seriously.... are THAT f**king stupid???"

When someone else puts me or my family's safety at risk, it just boils my blood...

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I believe the correct action is to hit the emergency shut-ff but I dont know if I'd have the nerve to o it on a busy day at the self-serve. I'd probably be the one who got lynched.

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Common sense can't leave from where it hasn't been!
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"The same folks that want to Legislate it don't have it"


"Why do we let our kids run wild........and send our DOG's to obedience school" ;?
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The lady would have been removed, her smoke first, then her. Yes hit the shutdown, now go after her. I'd have beat the sh*t out of her, for calling me names, have removed her for being a danger.
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Wolakrab - 5/20/2006 9:28 AM


Sometimes I yearn for the days when stupid people got eaten by wild animals....


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If you put your thumb over the nozzle it will spray just like a garden hose! Just kidding.

You just hope that when they are nominated for the Darwin award that no bystanders were killed because of their actions.
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Funny you should bring that up, last week my bilge was full of gasoline due to a broken gasket on the fuel sending unit. While backing down the ramp to launch with a full tank of fuel enough leaked out to activate the auto bildge pump. Glad it didn't go boom. My BIL who was watching me back the boat in said it looked like the Exxon Valdez had been there.
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JimPend - 5/21/2006 7:38 PM

The lady would have been removed, her smoke first, then her. Yes hit the shutdown, now go after her. I'd have beat the sh*t out of her, for calling me names, have removed her for being a danger.
I AGREE - but you'd probably have been arrested for assault!

I'd have just SLAPPED the cig out of her mouth and claimed it was "necessary to prevent a potential disaster" - and SUED the station IF they didn't press charges against her!

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Stupid people are encouraged to be stupid. It's never their fault, it's always someone else's.
For example: McDonald's had to put a warning on their coffe cups telling people that coffee is hot because some jackass spilled hot coffe on herself and found an even bigger jackass lawyer to represent her.
Everyone wants to take credit for something, but NO ONE ever wants to take the blame.
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Posted this awile back

Subject: obituary

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend by the name of Common Sense who has been with us for many years.

No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such value lessons as
knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm and that life isn't always fair.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not kids, are in charge).

His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for
kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student; but, could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Finally, Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense finally gave up the ghost after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, she spilled a bit in her lap, and was awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.

He is survived by two stepbrothers: My Rights and Ima Whiner.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still know him pass this on; if not, join the majority and do nothing.

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