An Explosion Of Stupidity

, , | Right | March 15, 2019

(I’m working the sales floor one day and hear a page for customer assistance to the automotive department. I check the page and head over there. I greet the man I find standing there.)

Me: “How are you today, sir? Can I help you find anything?”

Customer: “Good. I think I’m all set, though. I was looking for a way to pump old gasoline out of my car’s tank, and I think this will do me fine.” *shows me the product in his hand*

(I notice the customer is holding a drill pump. For those who aren’t familiar, a drill pump is a small plastic device that attaches to the chuck of a hand drill. It has fittings on each end that accept a garden hose. They’re primarily used to pump small quantities of water or other non-flammable liquids, and they are nice because they are portable.)

Me: “Sir, drill pumps aren’t meant to be used with flammable liquids. The exposed electric motor on a drill can ignite gasoline vapors and cause a fire or even an explosion.”

Customer: “Really? Wow! I’m glad you were here. That could have turned into a bad situation in a hurry!”

Me: “No problem, glad to help. I’d stick with a squeeze or shaker pump. They’ll take longer but are safe to use with gasoline.”

Customer: “Oh, no, I think this one will still do the job for me. I’ll just use my battery drill.”

Me: “…”

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