Have any of you guys encountered any problems when buying fuel for your boat ?
I recently dropped into the local Tesco to fill up my two 5 gallon plastic Mercury tanks. After getting 20 litres of Gordon Brown's blank cheques into the first tank, the pump cut off. So I looked in the general direction of the kiosk. Out popped a rather concerned looking female attendant ranting on about "is that a proper petrol container" ? She approached closer and took another closer look and walked away satisfied that it was. In a minute or so the pump kicked in again and I brimmed the two tanks.
Problem over I thought. Not so. Plastic in hand, I went to pay Gordon. "Eh, excuse me Sir", the attendant exclaimed. You are only allowed 5 litres of fuel in a container and you are only allowed two containers. We are not supposed to dispense any more than that. We could loose our licence. "In future, we will not allow you to dispense as much as you have today".
So off to the Trading Standards office I went. "Do you limit the amount of fuel dispensed" ? I asked. "Nope" was the reply. "Only the container type". "Will you take away Tesco's licence if they dispense more than 10 litres to me" ?
"Nope" again was the reply.
So, were Tesco b***sh*tting me ?
Maybe they don't want boaters clogging up their forecourts in case the motorists get a bit tetchy ?
Maybe they are concerned about the safety aspect of me daring to drive home with 2 tanks worth of the flamable stuff in the boot. I don't really think that is their shout.
Is this more jobs worth from our nanny state ?