He tempts fate by smoking at a gas station: fate hits back gently but firmly

Rules were meant to be broken, or so they say. It’s one thing if rules are obviously foolish or pointless, but there are plenty of rules that definitely shouldn’t be broken, no matter how rebellious you’re feeling. One of those is: don’t smoke at a gas station. In a world where common sense reigned supreme, there wouldn’t even need to be a rule about that. Who in their right mind would light up a cigarette in a place where you can smell the highly flammable gasoline fumes? But, needless to say, we live in a world with a shortage of common sense.

In the surveillance video posted below, you’ll see a man who was determined to keep smoking his cigarette at a gas station. An employee asked him to put the cigarette out several times, but this insanely reckless smoker just ignored him, puffing away next to the gas pumps. In the interest of everyone’s safety, the employee did what he had to do: go grab a fire extinguisher. Incredibly, the smoker didn’t seem to realize the employee meant business: he kept on smoking like it was the most natural thing in the world. As you’ll see, very thorough — and hopefully educational — use was made of the fire extinguisher!

This incident didn’t happen in Virginia, but Old Dominion’s law on the matter is a good codification of common sense: “Any person who smokes or uses an open flame within 20 feet of a pump used to fuel motor vehicles or a fueling tanker being used to deliver gasoline to a gasoline station is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor if smoking or the use of an open flame is prohibited by a sign at the pump. Any person who causes a fire or explosion as a result of a violation of this section is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.”

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