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Sunday, October 12, 2014

You can do whatever you want in Libya

I stopped at the gas station this morning after I dropped the kids off at school. There were only 4 cars in front of me. The long lines that we've experienced at the pumps for the past few months are gone. 

There was a woman in the car in front of mine. She pulled up to the pump and pushed two empty containers out the window at the pump attendant. He put the first one on the ground next to the pump and casually began to fill it. The gasoline quickly reached the top and spilled out over the sides of the bottle. As he was putting the cap on the bottle I realized he was also holding a lit cigarette in his hand! He put the filled bottle in the back seat of the woman's car and proceeded to fill the second one, only stopping to take a drag off his cigarette. 

'Excuse me,' I called out from the car window, 'Would you please put out your cigarette? It's very dangerous and you are putting our safety at risk.' He stood there for a minute and looked at me, then he continued smoking and told me 'Ya Momma, mind your own business. I can do whatever I want.'

Sadly, this attitude is very common in Libya these days.... sigh...


4 comments:

  1. You can't cause a fire/explosion with a lit cigarette. It must be a flame. My grandfather used to keep open an container of gasoline and throw lit cigarettes in it. He thought it was funny to watch ignorant people run/dive for cover.
    Many places ban smoking around gas to be cautious and because the flame from a lighter or match is dangerous.

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  2. A lit cigarette cannot cause a fire/explosion with gasoline. It must be a flame. My grandfather used to keep an open container of gasoline and would throw lit cigarettes into it. He thought it was funny to watch ignorant people run/dive for cover.
    Places ban smoking near gasoline to be cautious and because the flame from a lighter or match is the problem.

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