I pulled in to a petrol station on Thursday, and as I opened the car door a woman appeared next to the car and stared at me. At first I thought that I’d done something stupid, but after a second realised she was there to operate the pump1. I don’t think I’ve ever been to an assisted-service station before, even in the US. Then I didn’t know what to do, though – are you meant to leave a tip or something? Or is the petrol more expensive in the first place?
- there is no way to say this that doesn’t sound euphemistic [↩]