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I was in a upper middle class area at 3:30 pm this afternoon, filling up my car. It was about 67-68 degrees, overcast but not raining. I was the only woman there at the time who did not get back into their car while pumping gas. I never do. I've seen this before but it really hit me today. Why? Why do women get back into their car? I could see if it was in the middle of the hood at 2am, but this was in a really safe area. Is it paranoia? I don't get it. Even if someone jumped into your car, every spot was filled and there was a line behind all the cars. No way out. I'm thinking it was an old urban legend that was used to scare women. I really don't get it.

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Date: 2011-09-15 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tavabean.livejournal.com
I don't know why other women do it, but I usually do when I'm listening to the radio, or if the weather is too hot or cold.

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Date: 2011-09-15 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mercury973.livejournal.com
I don't get it either. There was 14 pumps at the station, all were in use and there was lines behind every car and this station was about 2 miles from the Microsoft headquarters, so it's in a very good area. Oh well- I'm female and there is still so much I don't understand about women =)

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Date: 2011-09-15 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rogueslayer452.livejournal.com
Personally, sometimes I don't like standing around with other people watching me. Even though I know they're not watching me, they're busy filling up their tanks too and minding their own business, but that's just how I feel sometimes. Other times I don't really mind or care, it just depends on how I'm feeling on that particular day.

However, I don't think it's out of the ordinary or illogical for women to return to their cars when their car is being filled with gas. Sometimes you can just feel unsafe no matter where you are, and that's the unfortunate way our patriarch society has worked. Unless you're with other people, getting back into your car seems to be the best alternative to feel safer.

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Date: 2011-09-15 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mercury973.livejournal.com
I also heard that it's a good way to cause static electricity- getting in and out of your car. It just seems like a waste of time, but to each their own. =)

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Date: 2011-09-15 07:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mackenziesmomma.livejournal.com
I do it but that's because generally when I'm getting gas, I have the kiddo with me and I don't like to leave her in there alone. But if I'm by myself? Heck yeah, I'll stand outside while I wait.

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Date: 2011-09-15 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mercury973.livejournal.com
I don't get it. I was in Redmond. Not exactly "da hood". Now I know why so many women drive off with gas hoses still in their car. They hear it click and know they are done.

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Date: 2011-09-15 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mackenziesmomma.livejournal.com
Yeah because Redmond is SO tough. I mean if they were in like Kent?! I could totally see it ;)

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Date: 2011-09-15 11:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shannon-the-cat.livejournal.com
Wait... I'm confused. So, in America you dont have to hold the nozzle in the car? It just stays there when you let it go? I am so confused!

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Date: 2011-09-15 12:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mercury973.livejournal.com
Yep. There is a little metal flap that you can lift up to keep the gas flowing without you holding it. I usually do that then spend the time spacing off or cleaning out the car.

Another trip- in Oregon and New Jersey, customers can't pump their own gas. Attendants do. You have to wait in your car. But the other 48 states allow customers to pump, unless they have a full service station that usually costs more. Confusing, no? =)

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Date: 2011-09-15 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vecturist.livejournal.com
I don't get that either (although there are times I think I was absent in school when they taught how to be a chick). I'm usually standing there pumping my gas if I'm not cleaning the windows (my usual gas station is a cop hang-out). I've filled up my tank in dicey neighborhoods and still stayed outside my car - I guess I'm more worried someone would try to do something to the car rather than me.

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Date: 2011-09-15 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elderwitty.livejournal.com
I never get back in my car. Not even in the worst Missouri winter weather. I'm either cleaning the windows (not in winter, obvs), or leaning against the car reading a book while I wait. Not sure why. It's just never occurred to me to get back in only to have to get out again in a couple short minutes. This attitude dates to way before the studies regarding static electricity and gas fumes.

(Of course, I also go to restaurants on my own and think nothing of it. I know people (fully grown, otherwise confident adults) who recoil in horror if I suggest they do that. I guess they think the other diners will be watching them judgmentally? The only comments I've ever gotten are requests for info on my cunning portable book stand.)


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Date: 2011-09-16 03:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itsjustgwen.livejournal.com
I never get back in the car, but I'm usually busy cleaning all the trash out of the door pocket and throwing it away.

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Date: 2011-09-16 08:53 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] nakedwesley.livejournal.com
I've done it if the weather is bad or I'm feeling lazy. Never thought about being unsafe. I don't have a choice now. New law down here. They've removed all the clickers so you are forced to hold the pump handle the whole time.

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