Sigrid M. Dimaano
2009: I was on my way to school one day when suddenly I had to pass by the gasoline station and gas up for the FIRST TIME!
"This is it!" I told myself. For I was dreading to do this for the longest time. Somehow, I always find a way to let my husband do the dirty job for me.
*Note: In the Philippines, there are people who do this for us.
So I went down, swiped my card and unscrewed the cap from my gas tank. I took the gas hose with the spout and pressed on it as hard as I can. And there I was, waiting for the gas to pump out and NOTHING happened. I cancelled the credit card transaction and went directly to the cashier.
"Hi! I tried to put gas in my car and I think that one over there is empty." I smiled at her. Of course, I was pretending that I knew what I was doing.
"All right, I'll check on it." she said. After awhile she said that it wasn't empty. So I told her "Oh, so maybe my card has a problem then. I think I might have to pay cash.". I gave her cash and then I immediately ran back to my car and tried again.
For the second time, I failed! I went back to her and she insisted that there was nothing wrong with the pump.
Getting frustrated, I tried again for the third time and still, NOTHING as in NOTHING happened. Since I have been there for almost 20 minutes and I was already running late for school, I had no choice but to ask the other person opposite my car.
I swallowed my pride and approached him.
"Hi, I can't seem to do this right. I'm new at this. Can you help me?"
"Sure", he said.
After checking everything I did, he smiled at me and said ""All right, now I know what the problem is. You forgot to lift the handle of the gas hose from its stand."
Kaboom! Epic Fail!