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  • Anywhere Else Likely A Drive Off…

    Posted by Carl from Chicago on December 21st, 2008 (All posts by )

    As I was walking at Grand and LaSalle today doing some Christmas shopping the guy next to me pointed out something in the snow right next to us. It was the nozzle from a gas station that someone had apparently driven off with and which ended up here. If you look in the picture to the upper right you can see the BP gas station from whence it came…

    Drive Off Nozzle

    Weirdly enough, what I thought of immediately was not that someone absently drove off with that nozzle still attached to their gas tank, nor that they stole the gas and drove away in haste, but that they (might have) drove off with that nozzle still attached in fear from attack from aggressive vagrants.

    River North is a very wealthy area of Chicago, but since we are near downtown and filled with (well meaning) tourists, our neighborhood is filled with the homeless, bums and panhandlers. Here is a helpful schematic post that I created to identify their various types. That BP gas station is notorious – I won’t go there at all if I can possibly avoid it, because they so aggressively try to pump your gas for you and you can’t really get away from them if you have to stand there while your tank is filling.

    The situation was documented when an off duty policeman was stabbed by a homeless person while filling his gas tank at that very station. Here is a link to a story about that stabbing. You’d figure that an off duty policeman is likely to be an intimidating figure, so it would be much worse if you were a woman or elderly.

    Or it could have been a drive off, or someone who is absent minded. Either way I’d recommend that you find a different gas station.

     

    4 Responses to “Anywhere Else Likely A Drive Off…”

    1. td Says:

      Really??? You’re saying that BP is such a lawless void that it seems reasonable to assume that someone would drive off with the nozzle just to get home alive? Where’s the blood trail?

    2. pst314 Says:

      Yikes! I run into plenty of aggressive lowlifes in the Loop, but never the “pump your gas” variety.

    3. Carl from Chicago Says:

      I said that it was the first thing I thought of when I saw that gas pump nozzle. More than likely it was a drive off or something. The fact that it leaped to mind shows how much fun it is to hang out at that BP.

    4. Jim Bennett Says:

      Reminds me of the gas station on El Camino in Palo Alto, just south of the Page Mill Road intersection. Or anywhere on US 1 just south of Alexandria, Virginia, with the crime scene tapes in the shopping centers. I’m really happy to be living in flyover country now.