Apart from having to wear brown coveralls, I thought being a ‘gas jockey’ was a great job. I enjoyed being outside and the customers seemed to appreciate having their windows cleaned and receiving help with topping up washer fluid, engine oil, etc.
I didn’t know it at the time, but I was part of a dying breed - collateral damage in the age of technology.
This all came back to me recently during a recent cold snap. My gas light had been on for a while and I was pushing my luck. I was driving in an unfamiliar area. I had forgotten my gloves. It was cold and windy and I would have to brave the elements.
Suddenly I came across a gas station – a full serve gas station. Feeling like I won the lottery, I pulled in. The attendant was friendly and despite a line-up of cars and the frigid temperature, took the time to clean my wind shield and ask if I wanted my oil checked.
I pulled away longing for the old days. I went home and did a search to see if anyone else felt the same way – turns out I’m not alone. Coming from legacy Suncor, I wasn’t sure what Petro-Canada offered, so I also checked the website and found that there are 70 full-serve sites in Ontario. Always good to know.
Hats off to you, my full service brothers and sisters. Keep up the good work.
Photo credit: freeparking