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Hand Wipes at Gas Pumps

Wash your hands after you pump gas.
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Built in wet wipe dispensers attached to gas pumps so you can easily clean your hands.
miggavin, Jul 01 2006

I keep a bottle of something similar to this in the car. http://www.expressc...t_6770_CUT636P.html
[po, Mar 09 2008]


       Would be abused by bums.
daseva, Jul 01 2006

       What? Thieves from Georgia ? GA Swipes?
normzone, Jul 02 2006

       Gas, being gaseous in nature, would not foul anyone's hands. Why?
7ennyn, Jul 02 2006

       While I'm all for providing handiwipes in public places, I don't believe I've ever gotten my hands dirty while pumping gas. You sure you're doing it right?
DrCurry, Jul 02 2006

       Pimp my pump?   

       Some of the better gas stations ( the ones with the nice lights and dunkin' donuts inside the store and pretty little dodads, oh, and nice tiles) have handy wipes you can ask for. Some even have disposable gloves. The problem of having it at the pump is a matter of keeping it filled by employees that don't care and people abusing it by taking a whole wad of the stuff.
NotTheSharpestSpoon, Jul 02 2006

       Yes, what [NTSS] said, these are baked in New England, besides there have always been paper towels until the wipeys came.
xandram, Jul 03 2006

       I see these a lot actually. [DrCurry], I refuse to believe that anyone can drive a reasonable amount in America and not wind up with your hands smelling like gasoline after you've been to a self-service pump at least once in a while. Frequently, it's because some has spilled on the handle.   

       Obviously, it's a problem in general, because stations have implemented this idea as a customer service booster as opposed to a profit center.
zigness, Jul 03 2006

       I've spilled gas/petrol on the ground and on the car, but never myself. I guess I never put my hands (or other body parts) in front of the nozzle.
DrCurry, Jul 03 2006

       How the hell does one spill fuel on the handle. Serious Klutz!
gnomethang, Jul 03 2006

       Usually if I manage to get petrol on my hands it has come from spilling a little on the gas cap that is dangling from the tank when I remove my nozzle. It's not like I'm spraying the side of my car while waving my hose like a maniac around the gas station.   

       Most of the time.
NotTheSharpestSpoon, Jul 03 2006

       I think that women get the gas on the handle. Men have a tendancy to shake the nozzle prior to taking it out of the tank and putting it back on the pump.
Jscotty, Sep 08 2006

       The wipes should be stored like stamps in a postage stamp machine. the wipes are on a roll; the machine dispenses only one, and only does so after you've pumped gas.
phundug, Sep 08 2006

       I'm with [DrC] - in the argumentative rather than biblical sense - this solution addresses a problem that doesn't exist. If you don't fill to the top of the filler neck, the only way you can spill is by continuing to depress the lever as you withdraw the pump. I think some people have been trying to recreate that scene in "Zoolander" where they have the water fight with petrol...
DocBrown, Sep 08 2006

       Every time I pump gas, I end up smelling like gasoline. It's as if the person before me took a gas-soaked rag and smeared it all over the handpiece. How can you people say the problem doesn't exist?
phundug, Sep 08 2006

       //...trying to recreate that scene in "Zoolander" where they have the water fight with petrol...//   

       That wasn't funny. That was a freak accident that could've happened to anybody. That's a real problem happening with models today and the movie was wrong to make fun of it.
NotTheSharpestSpoon, Sep 08 2006

       Keep a box of "wet wipes" in the car?
whlanteigne, Mar 09 2008

       You pump your own gas?
nuclear hobo, Mar 09 2008

       In the UK, gas is pumped directly to your home, so you don't have all this bother.   

       However, petrol stations here usually have a dispenser with paper towels and disposable gloves.
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 09 2008

       I want wipes after I pump gas,on my hands I can smell the metal and gas and filth from thousands of those before me... bit OCD I'm afraid.
dentworth, Mar 09 2008

       //filth from thousands of those before me... bit OCD I'm afraid.// It is rather (speaking as one of the thousands who may have gone before you).
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 09 2008

       I'm with the people who say that gas pumps make your hands smell funny.   

       but I've also seen plenty of stations with gloves or wipes at the pumps... so baked.   

       I do like the previous idea of dispensing them at the end of the transaction - perhaps when it asks if you would like a recipt, it will also ask if you would like a wipe.   

       Oh, and i keep a bottle of wipes in the glovebox. I think the british call this a "boot".
ericscottf, Mar 09 2008

       //the glovebox. I think the british call this a "boot".// The British (or at least the English) call the "glovebox" the "glovebox".   

       What the Americans call the "trunk" is, in reality, the "boot". What they believe is called the "hood" is actually the "bonnet".   

       American cars also have something called a "fender", but I have no idea what the correct term for it is.
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 09 2008

       Diesel, being rather oily, has the habit of seeping out around the union (handle-hose joint) on fillers, especially slightly older ones, and gets on the handle. Being less volatile than ULP (gas), it hangs around longer, and if it gets on your hands, stays there unless you use a degreasing soap.   

       So I vote yes for industrial degreasing handy-wipes at the bowser.
Custardguts, Mar 10 2008

       MB: I believe the fender is what you call a scone, and the boot is the thing you put your sunglasses in. Yeah, I'm pretty sure about this.
ericscottf, Mar 10 2008


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