By dl_zook - United States
Today, I was pumping gas and decided to go in for a drink. I discovered that when it's cold, sometimes the gas doesn't stop pumping automatically and starts spewing out onto the sidewalk. I had to pay for $53 of spilled gas. FML
dl_zook tells us more :
jfyi, $17 of it went into my tank. i know it was stupid to leave it unattended, i made the post so other morons, like myself, could maybe not do something so stupid. I am fully aware you are not supposed to leave a pump unattended, something i have known for the past 10 years, regardless of the fact that the gas station i was at did not have a single sign stating the obvious(i went back and checked) i was in the gas station maybe 3 minutes at most and i was prepared and willing to pay any clean up fees needed, however the 'specialized' materials this particular attendant used was kitty litter, which she took off of the shelf and opened before going outside. the only reason i feel this would remotely qualify as a FML vs YDI is that i was stupid enough to think a drink was worth leaving my car alone at the time, so really more of a FML for being an idiot type of thing.
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  xenomorph  |  0

Actually, there is. Spilled gas floats in a thin film on water, so it can ruin any living thing that uses that water. $53 worth of gas is probably enough to have a visible effect on wildlife.


no it is because you are stupid enough to live in jersey where it is to cold for normal people who arn't to lazy to get out of their car and pump their own gas. fat and lazy and snowed in i guess it works right?

  sk8erchick101  |  0

RJB um why are you even at the gas station unless with ur parents, and why are you fuckin payin attention. im 17 from nj i drive, i dont even pay attention.

and obviously he isnt driving

  Mirequetz  |  6

I worked at a 7/11 while paying for University and had to go through 1 week of fire prevention training. This is true, VERY illegal to have the gas pumping unattended and you can be fined here. YDI, you could have blown up the entire block if that had light on fire.

  Draq  |  1

Eh, not quite. Liquid gas doesn't ignite, only the vapors do. That's why it's possible to flood an engine. So the fire wouldn't have been able to get into the pump much less into the tank underground. Would've made a hell of a fire though.

  youthink_fml  |  0

Where do you think the vapors come from? The liquid, idiot. And pumps have exploded because the fire makes it into the tank, ignites the vapors in the tank, and the pressure of ignited vapors causes the explosion.

  boatkicker  |  4

Liquid gas evaporates pretty quickly, and it boils at a temperature that isn't ridiculously high. Having fire NEAR a spill of liquid gasoline would heat the gas enough to make bunches of explosive vapor which would then catch fire on their own.

  WTFsGoingOn  |  0

My father is a retired fire fighter, his specialty was working with plane and automotive fires. Every time I have ever watched a movie with him where they do one of those scenes where the pump explodes he freaks out and starts bitching about how that isn't even close to what really happens. I wish I could remember what it is that prevents the actual large scale explosions that you see on tv with this kind of situation. All I remember is listening to him bitch about it though, haha. I'm actually on my way to visit him for a few hours tonight, now I'm curious and will have to ask. If I actually learn anything I will share it when I get home tonight... not that it is important but it may end up being interesting at least.

By  LaliLali_fml  |  0

Latching isn't meant to be done for exactly that reason you should've been paying attention and you probably latched it too tight and thats why it didn't cut off anyways so sorry but totally your fault for something obviously very dangerous (fyi cleaning it up is a bitch, I would know I do it for a living).

  Totenglocke  |  0

"Over here it would take perhaps a minute, two at most to fill a car"

Bull. I've seen cars filled up at stations in the UK and Europe and they take just as long. Yes, it only takes a few minutes, but claiming "a minute, two at the most" is just BS.