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Old 02-21-2021, 04:01 PM   #1
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Uncomfortable Fueling Situation

Stopped for gas at a truck stop (TA, exit 168 on I65) south of Montgomery Alabama earlier this afternoon. As I was getting out of the RV I see this guy standing there in front of the RV. As soon as I got out he said something like "you want some" and had his hand down by his pocket. I took a quick glance out of instinct and saw it was some sort of drugs. I looked at him with a scowl. Shook my head no and waved my hand as well. He simply walked away. Glad it was a Sunday afternoon.
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I've had a few screwball situations like that also. We were out West a few years back when I pulled into a truck fueling/truck repair type station. As I was pumping diesel the guy came out of a repair garage and started to walk around my coach. I stopped the pump and went to find him. He was bent down with something in his hand "looking" at the front tire. I shouted for him to get away and he said something like "you are lucky I saw this tire. It is about to explode. I can replace it for you". I told him the tire was OK and he said "if you leave this station with that tire you will kill someone". I told him i was leaving and he said "I'm going to call the state police so they can keep an eye out for you driving on that tire"

That tire lasted another 5 years and many thousands of miles.
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Yea, there are some very strange people just waiting to greet you at some places.

Few years ago, we had the travel trailer in tow. So wirdo came up to me and started asking for money. It was quite obvious he was high as a kite, stoned, or miserably drunk. I started YELLING back at him ... why don't you get a job and then you'll have your own money! and I just kept yelling that. He ran so fast out of there you'd think the cops were after him.

Sometimes, you just got to be a bit more threatening than they are! Or a little more crazy!

And sometimes you just go with the flow and quietly help them.
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I've had a few screwball situations like that also. We were out West a few years back when I pulled into a truck fueling/truck repair type station. As I was pumping diesel the guy came out of a repair garage and started to walk around my coach. I stopped the pump and went to find him. He was bent down with something in his hand "looking" at the front tire. I shouted for him to get away and he said something like "you are lucky I saw this tire. It is about to explode. I can replace it for you". I told him the tire was OK and he said "if you leave this station with that tire you will kill someone". I told him i was leaving and he said "I'm going to call the state police so they can keep an eye out for you driving on that tire"

That tire lasted another 5 years and many thousands of miles.
I think I remember you saying that and warning about some tire shop in Utah. If it was not you then someone did the same thing, had the guy put on some really cheap tires, and they "blew up" on him within a few hundred miles.
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Years ago on my way to work graveyard shift I stopped for gas about 11pm and out of the dark a guy walks up with a revolver in his hand. Thought I was gonna get robbed but he says, "Want to buy this gun?". Told him I had no money, finished gassing up and left. Really scared the P out of me.
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I carry and would have reached in my pocket and said no but do you want some. I'm 68 and tired of peoples ****.
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I think I remember you saying that and warning about some tire shop in Utah. If it was not you then someone did the same thing, had the guy put on some really cheap tires, and they "blew up" on him within a few hundred miles.
Holy mackerel you have a great memory!!!!!! But I did not have him put on tires. No way... I would be afraid they would be in worse shape than what I had on the coach to begin with.

I didn't mention the state this time because it really didn't matter, and I sure didn't want to dis a beautiful state!
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One always needs to be on their toes. There are weirdos, crooks, and con experts all over.
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Holy mackerel you have a great memory!!!!!! But I did not have him put on tires. No way... I would be afraid they would be in worse shape than what I had on the coach to begin with.

I didn't mention the state this time because it really didn't matter, and I sure didn't want to dis a beautiful state!
Well at least I remembered part of your story.
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It's not always bad. I stopped in Susanville Ca coming north a few years back and this guy at the station comes up to me and says " you need to look at this tire". My front passenger tire had a lump the size of a grapefruit on the side. He called a Les shwab store down the street that was about to close. They didn't a tire my size so they put my spare on for $20. I gave the two that stayed $20 each and went merrily on my way.
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It's not always bad. I stopped in Susanville Ca coming north a few years back and this guy at the station comes up to me and says " you need to look at this tire". My front passenger tire had a lump the size of a grapefruit on the side. He called a Les shwab store down the street that was about to close. They didn't a tire my size so they put my spare on for $20. I gave the two that stayed $20 each and went merrily on my way.
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I've had a few screwball situations like that also. We were out West a few years back when I pulled into a truck fueling/truck repair type station. As I was pumping diesel the guy came out of a repair garage and started to walk around my coach. I stopped the pump and went to find him. He was bent down with something in his hand "looking" at the front tire. I shouted for him to get away and he said something like "you are lucky I saw this tire. It is about to explode. I can replace it for you". I told him the tire was OK and he said "if you leave this station with that tire you will kill someone". I told him i was leaving and he said "I'm going to call the state police so they can keep an eye out for you driving on that tire"

That tire lasted another 5 years and many thousands of miles.
The Beaver, UT tire shop place is legendary. They have had state and federal charges more than once, but since the place is owned by the family of the local sheriff, nothing much comes from it. Whatever you do, don’t stop for fuel in Beaver. I heard they opened up a sister station on I-80 west of SLC, but I can’t remember the details. Their infamy is well documented in the archives of the Salt Lake Tribune.
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