I've been riding for many years, and have never had an issue with this until the other day - just thought I would ask and see if any other riders have experienced the same thing...
Filling up at my local Shell gas station at about 6:30am, I pull up to the pump and swipe my credit card, and begin to fuel my bike. I've always sat on my bike during re-fueling, and usually support it with my legs (so it is vertical for filling) so I can maximize the fill-up. I've always sat on the bike during re-fueling as I feel I can see the fuel going into the tank easier, which reduces spillage. I usually don't take my helmet off, (unless I plan on cleaning it) I simply remove my gloves, and get 'er done.
Next thing I hear is a screeching voice over the little loud-speaker at the pump saying "Hey you - on the bike - get off before filling up!"
I feigned ignorance and continued filling. Just as it was almost full, the pump shut off (I think she turned the pump off inside) and I heard her screaming something again about getting off the bike, though it was so distorted, I don't really know exactly what she said.
My tank was basically full anyways, so I simply hung up the pump, took my receipt, and went on my way.
Is there some type of rule or regulation (new or old?) that stipulates you MUST get off your bike before filling? Or was this just some gas-pump nazi bitch on the rag trying to exercise her 'authoritah' over someone?
A friend of mine said it was due to a fear of 'pump & runs' but if the pump has been authorized with a credit card, (the pump terminal accepted it, and activated the pump) that doesn't make sense...
Just looking for some other opinions.