Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pump Your Own Gas

Starting today, the City layoffs hit the refueling stations. Most of the people working there told us they were being shifted around to other spots rather than being laid off permanently, but some were still losing their jobs. In a bloated bureaucracy that is city government, these were some of the more vulnerable spots. We always thought that those spots were "make work" spots for precinct captains and the like.

We'll begin by saying that we have no problem pumping our own gas. We've done it for years. We're sort of computer literate, we can follow the on-screen prompts, we can enter numbers, not a big deal.

We expect some people are going to bitch about looking under the hood though. Not that most of the attendants went the extra step anyway, but it light of no pool cars citywide and no tires at three of the garages, it may benefit everyone to at least be aware of what is in the engine compartment.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch out!

I found a family of possums living in the engine of my pool car!

"Hisssssss!"

12/30/2008 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had to get gas in the various City cars I've driven as a member assigned to OCD for years. I can say without a doubt that the best gas/replenish fluid service I have ever consistently received has been at the 65th & State facility. I hope none of those employees there have been laid off; they are the best.

12/30/2008 12:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its been so long since ive seen anyone under the hood of a car at the pumps.

I personally do, but thats just how I am.

Anyone know where the dipstick is to check the trans on an Impala?

12/30/2008 12:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought there was going to be an attendant on duty for security and emergencies at the fueling stations. The only thing that changed is that they do not pump gas.

12/30/2008 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And they're going to have washer fluid and oil freely available for us to access it? And they're going to have some means to SECURE the stuff, too, so it doesn't walk away before we get to use it? This should be interesting.

12/30/2008 12:50:00 AM  
Anonymous westside, inside do-nothing said...

Watch and see how long it takes for the Department/City to go after some copper for restitution via wage garnishment after a motor with 140,000-plus miles locks up due to oil starvation. I can see the Spar-derived "less serious transgression" of "failure to properly maintain normal lubrication level" or some other trumped-up bullshit to make officers yet more accountable.

Until the Department trains every officer how to properly check, adjust and maintain the manufacturers recommended fluid levels, everyone should just feign ignorance in basic automotive skills and flat-out refuse to check fluid levels for "fear of disciplinary action" if done improperly.

I related the following to the first officers who were in the process of getting fucked because they pumped unleaded gas into a brand new diesel squadrol. Their defense was to be as follows: "Hey Sarge, the Department never trained me on which gas this thing takes. What's the difference between the two gasses anyway? Nor did they train me on how to check fluid levels. Hell! I don't even know how to check the tires on my personal car for proper inflation". I'm not sure what ultimately happened with the coppers after that, but I do recall reading the fax message regarding the importance of using only diesel fuel in diesel-powered squadrols! Fuckin' funny.

Have you ever heard what the City claims a department radio costs to replace when an officer loses one? I seem to recall reading somewhere in the vicinity of $4K (and that was many years ago). Can you imagine the lengths the Department/City would go to to get an officer to pay for it if they determined the officer was completely responsible for not preventing said loss? Now imagine being tried and found guilty of murdering a 1992 Ford Crown Vic with more bad mileage on it than the Keesing Bandit. That'd probably be somewhere in the $60K range that the City would go after you for.

12/30/2008 01:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Jiify Lube on Strike said...

Thank God. Fire all of those useless, ignorant assholes and let me pump my own gas. "Where your I.D. is?" They sat in there and watched T.V. and hated us. I ran plates and some of them were suspended. We have to change our own tires at the garages so how hard is it to pump our gas? This is the best news I have had in a long time. Fire all those dogass son of a bitches!!!!!

12/30/2008 03:08:00 AM  
Anonymous B. K. Kelly said...

I don't dig these layoffs office. I know what time it is cats. These cats had a little criminal history and were lazy as hell so the man decide he don't want them around. They don't dig cops so they treat them like assholes. Check under the hood, "Man, Fuck You!" You in my hood which means I don't have to do shit! This shit is bogus as hell.

12/30/2008 03:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SUV's take the different gas at the pumps the 85 E or A shit.... in the big tank.

What a pain in the ASS and that big tank is located in a funky place usually and not as easy to get to as the regular pumps....

In other words we need more of these big tank things IF we are to get more SUV's since you can only gas one vehicle at a time ........to accomodate all the congestion to be at the pumps that is to come from this fucked up idea!

MORE $ to spend on stupid and not though out ideas by someone in budget mangement or our dept.!

12/30/2008 03:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i want that job getting paid for nothing. what a fuckin joke even i have to do some work.

12/30/2008 04:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pump attendants may be on their way out, but in the future check the budget, there'll be more attendents being paid than there are pump locations !!

You're a "sneaky" lil prick, shortshanks !!!!!!!

The Feds are watching !!!!!!

12/30/2008 05:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want that job of gas attendant. Sit in that office look at us pump gas while texting on the phone, talking on the phone, watching a movie.

12/30/2008 05:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope that lazy bitch at ferdiand/tripp gets the ax. "can you swip your card please."

12/30/2008 06:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Send all 10,578 sworn Polices to fuckin DeVry for a six-month "In-Service" class! Streaming Videos won't cut it in court for motor maintenance issues. And buy me a fuckin lap-top so I can study too!

12/30/2008 07:54:00 AM  
Anonymous HATER said...

THE PUMPING GAS JOB IS RESERVED FOR PRECINCT WORKER WITH QUESTIONABLE PAST.

THEY ARE TOLD TO WORK PUMPING GAS FOR A FEW YEAR THEN THEY ARE TOLD TO BID FOR ANOTHER LOW SKILL JOB.

TALK TO THEM THEY ALL HAVE SOBS STORIES OF HOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE A GARBAGE MAN.

IM STILL WONDERING WHY THE 1 GUY AT THE PUMPS ISNT PUMPING GAS MAY BE THE MEDIS SHOULD KNOW HE SIT BACK ALL DAY AND CHILL IN A HEATED ROOM WITH A PISSER AND TV.

12/30/2008 07:56:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

I can show you where my dipstick is cutie.

Now, kees me you fool!!!!

12/30/2008 08:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before long it will be like in the move Mad Max where we do ALL the maintenance on our company cars!

12/30/2008 08:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't remember the automobile maintnance class at the academy? There are some who are not gearheads. So why should I check my oil and trans fluid levels? I can pump my own gas, but why should I get dirty under the hood?

12/30/2008 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kind of off topic: those of you complaining about cars in your lot, 22 & 5, start writing tickets yourself, you are the police. 1718 s state never had that problem because they created placards and had someone write tickets...
Oh yeah 5, you are about to get the gang teams from 3,4,6, and 22 in your building so you better start writing now...

12/30/2008 09:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK GOD THESE USELESS ARROGANT ASSHOLES AT PERSHING will go back to KFC or McD's where they belong. How they loved to talk shit! I pumped my gas when they were at the Districts and I have been doing 99% of everything else anyway (Everything Except putting the hose in the car) so good riddens!

12/30/2008 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Long overdue, Worthless mouthy crybabie beefers w/chips on their shoulders a mile high. While they're @ it, get rid of those prevailing wage Jiffy Lube clowns at motor maintenance.

12/30/2008 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

39th Ashland had the biggest assholes pumping gas. Ex gangabnger who looked at you cross eyed , then a couple lazy dudes. It would certainly be faster to pump my own gas .

12/30/2008 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous 018 district ratt said...

We always thought that those spots were "make work" spots for precinct captains and the like.

Sorta like how the entertainment detail is a make work spot for those with pink handcuffs...

12/30/2008 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now they get to sit in the shed and watch movies, talk on the phone & beat off.

Not like they did much else before

12/30/2008 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a thought:
Fire all civilian pump station "security". Then use the spot for P.O.'s on Light Duty and I.O.D, guys that are not accused of wrong doing and sitting in call back.

12/30/2008 10:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

put pumps back in the stations or areas....

12/30/2008 11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck those lazy assholes working the pumps. They were a bunch of do-nothing pieces of shit. All they had to do was pump gas, and they still bitched about doing their job half the time. The workers at 37/Iron are a bunch of dogs. I hope they all get fired.

12/30/2008 11:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet it would be possible to train every police officer in Chicago to not only gas up his squad but also check and fill the various fluid levels, maybe check the tire pressure.

You guys should be doing it anyway. You really want to trust your life to the low lifes the city hires as attendants?

12/30/2008 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't dig these layoffs office. I know what time it is cats. These cats had a little criminal history and were lazy as hell so the man decide he don't want them around. They don't dig cops so they treat them like assholes. Check under the hood, "Man, Fuck You!" You in my hood which means I don't have to do shit! This shit is bogus as hell.

12/30/2008 03:19:00 AM

Shaft? Is that you??

12/30/2008 12:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I told one of those over paid grease monkeys to top off my wiper fluid and he pointed at the drum and said "do it yourelf" and walked away... so needless to say Im glad they are getting laid off... fuck you grease monkeys!!!

12/30/2008 02:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'd have to be a complete moron to pump "regular" fuel into a squadrol tank that is clearly marked "diesel fuel only."
One would hope that a literate officer would be the one actually fueling the squadrol!

12/30/2008 03:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what the fuck will that rock-a-billy, retarded Italian Stallion do at North/Throop? I guess he will get another "flamin guitar tattoo."....So now they get paid $28/hour to sit in the shed and NOT pump gas...great

12/30/2008 03:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look for a streaming video to be played at all roll calls on how to check and maintain the proper fluid levels on department vehicles. You'll have to sign off on it and they will have the ammunition to screw you royally when the engine seizes up. You can take it to the bank boy's and girl's. If you don't know how to check and add engine oil to your squad-ask someone for advise.

12/30/2008 03:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NO ONE IS GETTING LAID OF AT THE PUMPS!

There will be an attendant on duty 27/7. They will just no longer pump gas, you will!

They will be there to prevent theft, even thought in the past years it's only been attendeants who have been caught stealing or selling the gas. Thats why you have to now swipe your ID for the past 8months, because the attendants IDs no longer works.

Also to reset the computer if your millege is wrong. And lets not forget they have to talk on the phone, listen to ganster rap, sleep and entertain thier friends in the pump house.

Hey and guess what, they get paid the same money and benifits you get. The only thing that will change is now you have to do thier job for them.

I don't recall anything in the contact that says I have to pump my own gas.

The only thing I like about it is if your car is like mine where the guys on the other watches never get gas or wipper fluid and always leave it empty for me to fill, now I can pull in put 5 gals in the tank and leave it on empty for them. And beleave me it's comming around!!!

I remember when they first opened the new fueling sites. The addenants would not let you pump gas, because it was in thier unoin contract.

No how do I get in my contract that I don't have to do mt job and still get PAID.

12/30/2008 04:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the f-1 hood rat lazy ass at 37 iron should have been laid off the day after she started about as useful as a democRAT in the white house

12/30/2008 05:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who supplies gasoline and diesel to the City of Chicago?

Interesting question?

12/30/2008 05:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Until the Department trains every officer how to properly check, adjust and maintain the manufacturers recommended fluid levels, everyone should just feign ignorance in basic automotive skills and flat-out refuse to check fluid levels for "fear of disciplinary action" if done improperly.

How about our union saying something about police doing police work and not mechanic work???
Change tires, pump gas, check and fill fluid levels....Even the guy working at the garage on the weekends or after hours doesnt change tires, because he is classified as a 'service writer' not a mechanic.

12/30/2008 06:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""SUV's take the different gas at the pumps the 85 E or A shit.... in the big tank""

The SUV's may be able to use E-85, but it is not required. its 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. Worse mileage than regular gas but gives the environmentalists the warm fuzzies. The stuff has to be a LOT cheaper, say 20%, than regular gas because of the mileage penalty.
But since it is most likely subsidized by the feds, that is what they want in the tank....

12/30/2008 06:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

saw some shuck and jive attitude at the gas pumps and I reminded them that there weren't
too many barriers to entry to the gas pumping profession. You could get an illegal alien off Pulaski and let him do it for $5 an hour. You don't have to understand english to pump gas.

It was a stupid job for a grown man.

12/30/2008 08:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way I figure it is after 25 years I am so far ahead the city will never catch up. Pump gas, so what. I got the medical and IOD. Kiss my ass!

12/30/2008 09:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God. Fire all of those useless, ignorant assholes and let me pump my own gas. "Where your I.D. is?" They sat in there and watched T.V. and hated us. I ran plates and some of them were suspended. We have to change our own tires at the garages so how hard is it to pump our gas? This is the best news I have had in a long time. Fire all those dogass son of a bitches!!!!!

12/30/2008 03:08:00 AM

well said!

12/30/2008 09:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a little story....There is an attendant at ferdinand/tripp who often asks to check everything under the hood when we go to fill up. A few months ago we got out regular car back from its "grease and oil" at the Area 4 garage. This attendant at the pumps checked under the hood for us the same day and surprise, surprise we had no wiper fluid and the oil was so bone dry that we told us he didn't know how the car was running. Not really related to the layoffs, just thought I'd share. Not that it's shocking news that the garage doesn't do a damn thing.

12/30/2008 10:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will never check under the hood. The cars wheels could fall over, I don't even check under my own hood, I pay a mechanic.

12/30/2008 11:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screw them! They never did a damm thing and are dirty as hell! They steel gas and smell like reefer!

12/30/2008 11:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Before long it will be like in the move Mad Max where we do ALL the maintenance on our company cars!

12/30/2008 08:55:00 AM"

Does that mean we can have souped up Mustangs w/Blowers to take home & use for vacations on the lake??

12/31/2008 12:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why should I look under the hood, I'm not a mechanic.

Ex 153 Ranger

12/31/2008 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm. I cant wait for the 2 min streaming video showing us how to properly check our fluids.

12/31/2008 02:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, had to pump my own gas tonight. The pump was messed up and dude had to come out three times. You should have seen the look on his face, like I stole his lunch money poor thing. Jeez, I still had to do it myself but I think I woke him up.

12/31/2008 03:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the attendabt actually came out and watched me pump gas to make sure i was doing it right. i told him he could do it himself if he was going to stand there. he suddenly vanished back to his hole.

12/31/2008 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When did they ever start pumping the gas before??? They got paid to play scratch n sniff...

12/31/2008 02:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why should I look under the hood, I'm not a mechanic.

Ex 153 Ranger

12/31/2008 12:51:00 AM

Next time just sign your post WALKING HANDJOB, the we'll know exactly who you are. Friggn Tools the whole 153 crew that refer to themselves with that silly moniker.

12/31/2008 07:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hmmm. I cant wait for the 2 min streaming video showing us how to properly check our fluids.

12/31/2008 02:09:00 AM"



Stop baiting the Keesing Bandit.

12/31/2008 08:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we already pump our own gas most of the time who gives a shit? Check fluids sorry not getting dirty! Blown motor put in a new one if not junk it! What idiots put in a $1200.00 gps system in a car worth at most $500.00! The mayor and super have no clothes as evidenced here, but daley gets cash filled envelopes! Like at Christmas when the envelopes are passed all over city hall to give teh mayor a "gift" graft shitcago style! LOL!

12/31/2008 09:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Old Kensington Raider said...

Oh does this bring back memories. Back in the 60's there was a lockup keeper in the 5th District who could not for the life of him figure out how to count the 10ths of gallons on the old pumps. His daily calculations were off by two to three gallons a day. This Male #1 was without a doubt the dumbest mother this job ever produced. So what happened? He was eventually promoted and retired as a Deputy Chief. I'm sure the fact he was one of the Shaw brothers had absolutely nothing to do with it.

1/01/2009 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was not hired to be a gas station attendant. I was never trained to check for fluids. I have not idea where to look. If the engine freezes up because of no oil, too bad. I wonder if j-fed and the bosses will all check their oil and antifreeze.

1/01/2009 06:39:00 PM  
Anonymous 045 alumni said...

Next time just sign your post WALKING HANDJOB, the we'll know exactly who you are. Friggn Tools the whole 153 crew that refer to themselves with that silly moniker.

12/31/2008 07:02:00 PM


TRU dat.

Love always,

WALKING HANDJOB

1/02/2009 10:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the workers at Sunnyside were very nice and would check under the hood if you asked without a smirk or a gruff.

1/02/2009 11:01:00 PM  

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