Letters to The Man, Sundry

Shell Gasoline

Here’s an e-mail I just sent to Shell Gasoline:

Shell Logo, courtesy walknboston.


I had no strong feelings about gasoline brands either negative or positive, until this morning. I pulled into the gas station at 19th Ave and Taraval in San Francisco, and the gasoline pump started talking to me and then playing commercials. There’s no way that I would find to turn it off. It was really obnoxious.

When I get my gas I like to have a moment I can stop and think. With blaring televisions on the gas pump I am instead filled with antipathy towards your brand. Because of my experience this morning I now know that when I need gas and I see a Shell station and a non-Shell station, that the non-Shell station is not likely to have a noisy television to annoy me while I get gas. For that I am willing to pay a premium.

Thanks for listening.


Yup. I am a grumpy old man.

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Categories: Letters to The Man, Sundry

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