Auto Tech 101
Option #1: Do It Yourself.
Step 1: Pull up to air hose.
Step 2: Insert air nozzle into uncapped tire stem.
Step 3: Check pressure with tire gauge; replace cap.
Step 4: Replace air hose on the canister.
Step 5: Drive away.
Elapsed time: 60 seconds or less. More if you need to air multiple tires.
Option #2: The Walmart Way
Step 1: Drive up to auto bay and inquire about air hose. Told to drive into bay and talk to CSM at the counter.
Step 2: Ask CSM about putting air into tire. Answer questions pertaining to road hazard warranty of the tire, including a phone call to Walmart store 100 miles away to verify the tire, and told to sit.
Step 3: Wander store looking for wife, who is grocery shopping. Find her at the cookie aisle.
Step 4: Give wife credit card to pay for groceries; return to auto center and discover said tire has been taken off car, removed from the rim, and checked for leaks.
Step 5: Remove toddler from stack of tires.
Step 6: Discover the guy working on tire has gone to lunch.
Step 7: Explain to wife why the delay.
Step 8: Find toddler in flower aisle.
Step 9: Explain to manager that there was NO PROBLEM with the tire; all you needed was a shot of air!
Step 10: Wife distracts toddler by looking at flashlights.
Step 11: Told worker is back from lunch and will have tire back on car soon.
Step 12: Console toddler when door alarm goes off, scaring him. The manager accidentally set it off with her card.
Step 13: Tell the guy you KNOW there was no evidence of a nail or even a leak!
Step 14: Follow him to your car and listen to him apologize profusely for the misunderstanding.
Step 15: Drive away thinking, “What part of ‘I need air in my tire’ didn’t you understand?”
Elapsed time: 1 hour, 15 minutes!
If the ONLY air hose at the gas station on this side of town hadn’t been broken, option #2 could have been avoided! This actually happened yesterday from 2-3:15 pm!
I was finished shopping by 2:30. The entire incident went from absurd to insane by the time we left!