I know that a lot of us are always rushing to pump gas in the car due that you are running out of gas, you are going to travel or the little red indicator showing you that you need gas. We most of the time don’t look in our surroundings or at the pump it self.
I have told my family about a few things that they have to do when pumping gas and I am going to share some with you today.
First thing is making sure the car is off.
You might say well I know that! Well let me say that a lot don’t turn off their cars. I have seen people pumping gas while the car is still running and even have kids in the car. This is very dangerous due that the gas is still hot and moving inside the tank. Let me let you know that the same thing that shocks your fingers can also ignite the gas fumes while pumping gas.
Second this is locking the doors of the vehicle.
You might say what! and why! How about if I forget my keys or I have to get in real quick. Well let me explain. As that females are always carrying their purses and males their wallets some might say well this only goes for females as that the male always carry their wallets in their back pocket. Well I am here to tell you that a percentage of male also leave their wallets in the car. So moving forward; Before getting out of the car lower your driver side window and open the drivers door and lock all the doors. Like that when you close your driver side door you still have access due that your window is down.
Third thing is making sure to touch metal.
A lot of us have gotten out of the car and got shocked. It is called static electricity. This happens while getting out of the car by scooting out and your clothes frixion with the cloth seats. This also can ignite the fumes of the car. As that this is very dangerous you need to touch metal before pumping.
fourth thing is when you are about to use your debit card.
Due to hearing in the news that there were people trying to still credit card code or identity theft they said that somebody was putting a device in the slot to get the card number and codes. So now always check the slider and when pressing your pin always cover your hand.
Fifth thing is Checking the pump handle.
I have heard as well that someone was putting some kind of needle or something that would cut you with infected blood. You need to always check that there are no alien objects in the pump handle. This is very scary and very dangerous, this is why I am letting you know just to be in the safe side and be aware.
Sixth thing is while pumping the gas.
In this subject it goes hand on hand with locking the doors. While pumping gas, always pump looking forward to all the doors. I have heard and read a story a few years back I still see it in social media to let people know. This is the post that was written:
A friend stopped at a pay-at-the-pump gas station to get gas. Once she filled her gas tank and after paying at the pump and starting to leave, the voice of the attendant inside came over the speaker.. He told her that something happened with her card and that she needed to come inside to pay. The lady was confused because the transaction showed complete and approved. She relayed that to him and was getting ready to leave but the attendant, once again, urged her to come in to pay or there’d be trouble. She proceeded to go inside and started arguing with the attendant about his threat. He told her to calm down and listen carefully:
He said that while she was pumping gas, a guy slipped into the back seat of her car on the other side and the attendant had already called the police.
She became frightened and looked out in time to see her car door open and the guy slip out. The report is that the new gang initiation thing is to bring back a woman and/or her car. One way they are doing this is crawling under women’s cars while they’re pumping gas or at grocery stores in the nighttime. The other way is slipping into unattended cars and kidnapping the women.
Please pass this on to other women, young and old alike. Be extra careful going to and from your car at night. If at all possible, don’t go alone!
This is real!!
1. ALWAYS lock your car doors, even if you’re gone for just a second!
2. Check underneath your car when approaching it for reentry, and check in the back before getting in.
3. Always be aware of your surroundings and of other individuals in your general vicinity, particularly at night!
Send this to everyone so your friends can take precaution.
AND GUYS…YOU TELL ANY WOMEN YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS Thanks,
Barbara Baker, Secretary Directorate of Training U.S. Army Military Police School