Where have all the Pump Jockeys gone?

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Where have all the Pump Jockeys gone?

Post by ClutchFork » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:13 pm

In Michigan anyway, there seem to be no pump jockeys. I feel honored to be one of the last pump jockeys as I served in the 1970s and I think they disappeared soon after. I even got to man the "island" during the oil embargo when we had a $5 limit on gas and cars were lined out the drive and down the street. I was on the island all day with a huge cash wad building up in my pocket. We even got our own uniforms and they washed them for us, which was badly needed after a grease gun fight! :twisted:

Anyway, the reason for this post is that there seem to be no jockeys to pump our gas these days. I found a list of stations that will pump for handicapped but you need an official handicapped hang tag. http://www.thepumpguide.com/

So, anybody know of some full serve stations in the southeast Michigan area? Particularly interested in Livonia, Westland, Canton, Plymouth Township areas.
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Re: Where have all the Pump Jockeys gone?

Post by Rope-Pusher » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:59 am

I believe they were all randomly picked as targets by psychopathic murderers. Some were killed and some escaped by joining travelling carnivals.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tcwz8-EfFYE[/youtube]

I think the change to self-serve gas pumping was a means of somewhat softening the sudden gasoline price hike after OPEC raised oil prices.

There were some places - Oregon was one, that didn't allow self-service until fairly recently.

When I have friends come up from Mexico to Michigan on business trips, I have to show them how to pump and purchase gasoline for their rental cars. In Mexico, labor is cheap enough that pump jockeys are still the norm....(Well, OK, I doubt there is even one pump jockey in Mexico named Norm, but "Jose", "Hose B", and "Hey Zeus!" are popular names.)
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Re: Where have all the Pump Jockeys gone?

Post by Rope-Pusher » Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:05 am

There is also a safety factor when the credit card is validated electronically. (Anybody remember having their card checked against the printed list of "Bad" cards?)

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oddGafuCPTI[/youtube]

There was also, believe it or not, pressure from churches for the elimination of pump jockeys.

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Re: Where have all the Pump Jockeys gone?

Post by watkins » Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:12 pm

Full service stations just take too damn long. I want to get my gas and go. I do not want to have to explain that I do not want my tank topped off or my cost rounded up. Honestly, I dont want to talk to a person at all.

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Re: Where have all the Pump Jockeys gone?

Post by Rope-Pusher » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:27 pm

watkins wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:12 pm
Full service stations just take too damn long. I want to get my gas and go. I do not want to have to explain that I do not want my tank topped off or my cost rounded up. Honestly, I dont want to talk to a person at all.
See?....More good reasons pump jockeys have dismounted and put their saddles in long-term storage!
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Re: Where have all the Pump Jockeys gone?

Post by tankinbeans » Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:34 pm

Aren't there still full service stations in New Jersey as a matter of policy?

I've never seen one in Minnesota. Then again I'm only 31.
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Re: Where have all the Pump Jockeys gone?

Post by potownrob » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:24 am

tankinbeans wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:34 pm
Aren't there still full service stations in New Jersey as a matter of policy?

I've never seen one in Minnesota. Then again I'm only 31.
unforgutnately yes but, as someone mentioned below, they are a pain in the rear and you end up waiting for them to come back and overfill your tank. the silver lining is that gas in NJ is cheap (compared to NY at least), oh and QuickChek FTW!!!! :twisted: there are VERY few full service stations left in NY, at least that i've found. i am always shocked and appalled when i come across one. you might think it would be nice to sit in your car while someone else pumps your gas, but we are actually spoilt by being able to pump our own gas and the many freedoms that come along with that privilege. being able to pump your gas, lock and leave your car to get your quickchek subs, iced coffee, cigarettes and whoopee pie (and use the bathroom of course), is a freedom to behold. MURICA!!
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Re: Where have all the Pump Jockeys gone?

Post by potownrob » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:27 am

watkins wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:12 pm
Full service stations just take too damn long. I want to get my gas and go. I do not want to have to explain that I do not want my tank topped off or my cost rounded up. Honestly, I dont want to talk to a person at all.
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Post by Rope-Pusher » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:31 am

One, or Two, might even suppose that the extinction of Pump Jockeys is the reason why automobiles now have tire inflation monitoring systems.

Back in the days of yore, when the Pump Jockey checked your vehicle's oil level, took a glance at the condition of the accessory drive belts, maybe looked at the air cleaner filter and the cooling system hoses, checked the condition of the windshield wiper blades, clean the windows, check the tire for wear, AND-DUH check the tire inflation pressure.

Most vehicle owners don't check these things on their own now, like they ought to.

Out of all these no-longer monitored items, underinflated tires have the most likelihood for causing serious accidents.

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Re: Where have all the Pump Jockeys gone?

Post by IMBoring25 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:55 pm

potownrob wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:24 am
tankinbeans wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:34 pm
Aren't there still full service stations in New Jersey as a matter of policy?

I've never seen one in Minnesota. Then again I'm only 31.
unforgutnately yes but, as someone mentioned below, they are a pain in the rear and you end up waiting for them to come back and overfill your tank. the silver lining is that gas in NJ is cheap (compared to NY at least), oh and QuickChek FTW!!!! :twisted: there are VERY few full service stations left in NY, at least that i've found. i am always shocked and appalled when i come across one. you might think it would be nice to sit in your car while someone else pumps your gas, but we are actually spoilt by being able to pump our own gas and the many freedoms that come along with that privilege. being able to pump your gas, lock and leave your car to get your quickchek subs, iced coffee, cigarettes and whoopee pie (and use the bathroom of course), is a freedom to behold. MURICA!!
That's really inconsiderate unless there's massive excess capacity. It's not that hard to clear the pump and go park in front of the store. Worse if you're standing in line for lottery tickets or blocking a diesel pump, especially with a gas car.

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Re: Where have all the Pump Jockeys gone?

Post by potownrob » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:37 pm

IMBoring25 wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:55 pm
potownrob wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:24 am
tankinbeans wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:34 pm
Aren't there still full service stations in New Jersey as a matter of policy?

I've never seen one in Minnesota. Then again I'm only 31.
unforgutnately yes but, as someone mentioned below, they are a pain in the rear and you end up waiting for them to come back and overfill your tank. the silver lining is that gas in NJ is cheap (compared to NY at least), oh and QuickChek FTW!!!! :twisted: there are VERY few full service stations left in NY, at least that i've found. i am always shocked and appalled when i come across one. you might think it would be nice to sit in your car while someone else pumps your gas, but we are actually spoilt by being able to pump our own gas and the many freedoms that come along with that privilege. being able to pump your gas, lock and leave your car to get your quickchek subs, iced coffee, cigarettes and whoopee pie (and use the bathroom of course), is a freedom to behold. MURICA!!
That's really inconsiderate unless there's massive excess capacity. It's not that hard to clear the pump and go park in front of the store. Worse if you're standing in line for lottery tickets or blocking a diesel pump, especially with a gas car.
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I’m actually talking about gas stations with 18-24 pumps. During non-peak times when I’m usually there, there’s little chance of all or even most of the pumps being taken at once. The NJ quickcheks mostly don’t have as many pumps as the upstate NY ones, and I usually end up pulling up to the front after getting overfilled with gas, unless there’s more than one of us in the car, then one or two can go in while the other watches the car.
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Re: Where have all the Pump Jockeys gone?

Post by ClutchFork » Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:14 pm

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There is also a safety factor when the credit card is validated electronically. (Anybody remember having their card checked against the printed list of "Bad" cards?)
One station I worked at required I check every card. I don't think all bad cards were on the list because it was hard copy back in the day and so did not pick up recent bad cards. Anyway, my boss docked me about nine dollars (at $2.00 an hour) for taking a bad card. He gave me the receipt and the address and told me I can go collect the money. Ha! What a rotten deal. I later was fired by that same boss (rightly so, for other stuff).

I also had my share of weirdos come in for fuel and other reasons, as well as a few weirdos that were hired to work alongside me.
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