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    Anyone else think that the newest trend at the self service gas stations of putting on either music, ads or videos on at the pumps is an open invitation for trouble? It is a great way to distract people from paying attention to their surroundings and giving the criminals more opportunity to strike. Thoughts?
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    I have not yet encountered gas stations where music is playing. However, the video screens that give you directions for the processing of your credit card often do have ads for other products/services. I do not like that at all--I'm already paying money for your gas, do not bug me about your other stuff!

    Also, I have read about some unwanted encounters at gas stations and I am not able to relax at all when I fill my car; there are just too many bad things that can emerge in a hurry. I complete my business and move out of the area as smoothly and swiftly as I can manage.
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    Hardly a new trend out here in the Phoenix area. I just find it annoying, but no more distracting than anything else going on - like people pulling in with their own loud music, and people chatting on cell phones while pumping gas (that scares me).
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    I talked to a LEO friend of mine about this recently. He suggested using the pump on the end if possible. That way you have open space on one side of you. He also suggested that you insert the hose, turn it on and step away from the vehicle about 10 feet. You are not "locked" between the vehicle and the pump. Don't top off. Just unplug the hose, hang it, get your receipt (don't leave it hanging), and leave.
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    Not really much that's distracting.The only thing i don't like is what someone else said,loud annoying music.Once a guy pulled up with his loud rapping music.My horns came out,and i just fired up a little bit of She Shook Me All Night Long,lol.

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    To butcher a line from a movie, "Pay no attention to that ad behind the screen."
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    Yes, distractions aren't a good thing for anyone seeking to retain awareness of one's immediate surroundings.

    But then, adverts have always been around. So has the "pie-in-the-sky 'burbs" mentality when out and about (aka Condition White). For some, nothing will change that. On the bright side, it's easy enough to use such things as a reminder to stay focused, alert. Nothing's worth my getting distracted so that I can be aware they're able to save me $0.15/pack on this or that brand of smokes.
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    Ignore them like every other advertisement and keep your eyes and ears on things that matter.
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    I'd even go so far as to suggest that easily distracted people might need to re-evaluate their decision to pack a Roscoe.

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    Seems like most folks won't see those ads 'cause their noses are stuck in their smartphones!
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    It's a great place to watch the latest E! News updates.

    Seriously, I don't think it's an invitation for trouble. Chances are if you are so distracted by the video feed, you are not the type to pay attention to SA anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Seems like most folks won't see those ads 'cause their noses are stuck in their smartphones!
    I call that Condition Oblivious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lionround View Post
    I talked to a LEO friend of mine about this recently. He suggested using the pump on the end if possible. That way you have open space on one side of you. He also suggested that you insert the hose, turn it on and step away from the vehicle about 10 feet. You are not "locked" between the vehicle and the pump. Don't top off. Just unplug the hose, hang it, get your receipt (don't leave it hanging), and leave.
    I haven't been to a gas station around here in ages that allows me to insert the hose and step away, none have the little latch to keep it going. It makes me nuts, especially when filling my 31 gallon tank to stand there holding the darn thing.

    As far as the videos on pumps, again most of my gas stations don't have it, but I've seen them. Never really paid them any mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 97tbird View Post
    Anyone else think that the newest trend at the self service gas stations of putting on either music, ads or videos on at the pumps is an open invitation for trouble? It is a great way to distract people from paying attention to their surroundings and giving the criminals more opportunity to strike. Thoughts?
    I agree that it could be a distraction, but since you ask it obviously isn't for you. Look around.

    Good advice.

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