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Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« on: November 13, 2017, 11:59:58 AM »
This past Friday afternoon, in the 115 Technology Costco gas line, Bad Mom suddenly discovers she needs to use a toilet. [1] She leaves her vehicle [2] with her young kids inside totally unattended [3] with the engine still running [4] blocking the gas line [5] while there are SIX empty parking spots right next to her car and [6] a Costco attendant who is always on duty.

Is leaving kids in a vehicle unattended with the engine running against some law? I don't actually know. What I do know is I personally count the cost of getting in a line in the first place. And if I have an emergency (which I have had), I still get my vehicle out of people's way and take my kids with me even if I risk wetting myself or worse. It would never enter my mind to do what she did. Maybe if you can give birth, you can also clench for 2 more minutes.

Back to our story: Maybe she tells someone in the adjacent gas line, one of whom apparently considers himself a Great American Hero. He's sitting in the passenger seat so he's entirely available (that is, he's not the driver of his vehicle so he's free to get out and help). He decides to continue sitting in his seat to watch the kids. He assumes anyone else who approaches the vehicle means to scare or harm the kids inside (instead of merely trying to see what's up and then reacting in utter shock at an empty driver seat and young kids inside).

Instead of standing next to the car and re-directing other drivers around the vehicle like a Useful Gentleman Hero, he sits in his car leaving other drivers to discover for themselves. Then he takes his false assumptions about one of the other drivers who tries to tell the Bad Mom that it just wasn't cool (she's talking on her phone, unapologetic, not listening), and our Lazy "Hero" tries to pick a fight with him by invading his personal space, yelling, and issuing threats.

Don't leave your car running, unattended, with kids inside, blocking traffic.

If you want to be a hero, you might need to get out of your seat in order to help the rest of us lesser mortals.

If you're unwilling to get out of your seat to be a Hero, then don't get out of your seat with your false assumptions and try to pick a fight. That's not what a Hero does.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 12:04:13 PM »
You will never find me being a hero. I will gladly pay ten cents or even twenty more a gallon not to have to wait in line.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2017, 12:11:51 PM »
Sounds like flappy was the driver that fell victim to Lazy Hero's assumptions. :)

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2017, 12:13:29 PM »
All this drama and no one had a cell phone...

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2017, 12:19:20 PM »
Can't move your car and want people to drive around? Put on the hazard blinkers. No Hero needed.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2017, 12:59:58 PM »
Costco Gas line at the District is nuts. Can't believe people wait in line for that. Pisses me off when you get stuck trying to exit because of all the people waiting to get into the driveway. Really poor design.


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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2017, 02:03:04 PM »
As gas prices increase I expect lines at Costco gas stations to become longer, with people randomly exploding in road rage (gas station line rage?).  I try to time my visit to avoid busy hours.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2017, 03:50:25 PM »
I will gladly pay an extra $1.40 in order to avoid this mess.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2017, 09:03:10 AM »
I was in Garden Grove yesterday and up pops the low gas warning so I decided to try Costco and it made the District look fantastic. It was so bad, I drove down the road and got gas elsewhere.

I've waited in the District gas line and it moved pretty quick but it wasn't because it was low in price, it was because I needed gas (because my better half ran it down to next to nothing, thanks for that) and there aren't many gas stations in the neighborhood.

The time to go there is early...... no line.

Before Church is a good time.

On another note, don't wait till the end of the month. They have an allocation per month and if they hit it, they close the station till the calendar hits the first of the month.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2017, 12:04:17 PM »
I will gladly pay an extra $1.40 in order to avoid this mess.

Costco is discounted by at most what... .50 a gallon? For a 15-18 gallon fill up your saving about $8 if that?

Doesn't seem worth the hassle. Just pass by one of the basketball courts near the The District and you can find a qwertwenty taped up somewhere.
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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2017, 12:29:03 PM »
Gas in Irvine costs more, so I'd imagine .50 a gallon discount at Costco is accurate.  In my area, Costco is only about .10-.15 a gallon cheaper than Arco, so not really worth it for me.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2017, 01:02:06 PM »
The district Costco is generally 30-40 cents cheaper than most gas stations. Definitely not worth it.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2017, 01:26:22 PM »
or get electric and never go to a gas station ever

I’m about 5 years away before considering one. In the meantime I’ll still end up in Costco trying to save me my $8 per fill up

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2017, 03:35:58 PM »
When I used to drive a gasoline car, I always go to Costco in Technology drive on my way to work (around 730-800) -- never encountered more than 1 car wait.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2017, 04:23:48 PM »
I needed gas (because my better half ran it down to next to nothing, thanks for that)

Trust me, it's a guy thing. They seem to really love to let it run as close as possible to Empty before refilling. Like it's a challenge to their manhood to have to stop at the pump a moment too soon. Mine thinks if you go before it's Empty, it's a "wasted trip". This is how we're different. It's the story of my life.

Half a tank left = I'm feeling a little anxious.

The needle is on the picture of the gas can = I'm getting nervous.

3 ticks above Empty = I'm afraid to drive anywhere in case I run out.

If I tell Mr. SoCal: "Is the warning light on?" Me: "No." Him: "Then you've got PLENTY of time!" He then tells me *EXACTLY* how many miles the car is capable of going and reminds me how many it could go even if the fuel light was on. No matter where the needle is, he's got it all calculated down to gnat's ass.

Guys don't consider stuff like... what if something urgent came up and you had to make an unexpected trip? My friend's ex-husband did the same exact thing as mine does. Except one day her dad had a heart attack. When she got that dreaded phone call, they had to stop for gas en route to the hospital while her dad was on Life Support waiting for her to say her goodbyes!!! I always state this example when telling Mr. SoCal the importance of keeping it topped off. He thinks it's no biggie. Men. What are you gonna do. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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