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There is a Shell gasoline station near my house and I go there when there is a line at the local independent station (which is frequently the case).

I won't be going there any more if I can help it, because they have installed new pumps with video screens in them, and the video screens run continuous ads while you pump your gas.

(Also the new pump kept shutting itself off when I tried to set it to pump automatically, but that wouldn't be a show stopper in itself.)

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usqueba
Sep. 18th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
They're doing that at "my" Valero station too. I just read a book :P
firecat
Sep. 18th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
I find it hard to read a book with someone yammering at me in the background. (It's not just a screen, it's a speaker too.)
krasota
Sep. 18th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
I've seen volume/mute buttons on some of those.

Really annoying, though.
usqueba
Sep. 18th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
I've seen volume/mute buttons on some of those.
That's good to know! Thanks for the heads-up. I'll look next time I'm there.
usqueba
Sep. 18th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
::nodding:: That's what they have at Valero.

I grew up in a big/loud family. I can block stuff out (a little too well sometimes)!
mjlayman
Sep. 18th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
I buy gas at a cheap station. I'd be surprised if they spent money on monitors.
firecat
Sep. 19th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
The local independent station probably won't install this kind of pump. But there's usually a line at it during the day. I'll need to switch my gas-buying to the evening.
mjlayman
Sep. 19th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Mine actually sells more cigarettes than gas, so there's almost always a pump free.
epi_lj
Sep. 18th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, very nearly every gas station here has those. It actually strikes me as weird to not see them.

It does amuse me when they're bluescreened, though.
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epi_lj
Sep. 19th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
I only tend to buy gas regularly at about five locations (the two stations near my house, the two stations near my work, one location at Bayview and Sheppard which seems to frequently be "en route" for me), so it's possible that I just got "lucky" in my sample set. :/
surelars
Sep. 18th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
Argh. It annoys me that I can't get a minutes of nothingness. Here, my until-recently-preferred taxi company have installed monitors in their cars, running adds and a bit of news. You can kill the sound, but I still find it annoying. When going to the airport and 5:30 in the morning, I don't want to have a TV pushed in my face.
firecat
Sep. 19th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
It annoys me that I can't get a minutes of nothingness.

Per-zacktly.
micheinnz
Sep. 19th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
Is it worth writing a letter to the station's management explaining why they've lost your business?
firecat
Sep. 19th, 2007 09:38 am (UTC)
I sent e-mail to Shell...
micheinnz
Sep. 19th, 2007 09:43 am (UTC)
Well done that woman!
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firecat
Sep. 19th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
I don't hate stationary ads, although when they appear in new places (like the *floor* of the grocery store) I am bemused.

What I hate are noisy, moving ads in places where I am trying to concentrate on something else. It's hard for me not to be distracted by them.

I am annoyed by the ads at movie theaters for the reason you state, but it doesn't bother me as much, because they aren't distracting me from something else I want to do. Also, movie theaters are elective for me right now, but gas stations aren't.
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firecat
Sep. 19th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
Yeppers on the web browser stuff. NoScript rules.

It's true that filling the car doesn't require concentration, but I just have a general objection to noisy, moving ads unless they're on a screen I'm deliberately sitting in front of.
pir_anha
Sep. 19th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
video ads at the pump
it's not about concentration for me, it's about the bloody noise pollution. i'd like less of it, please. less of moving, flickering ad stuff too; i can tune out still pictures, but not movement (which is why the a*holes do it, of course). there is quite enough for my visual cortex to do without ads tiring it out, thanks.

i'd stop buying gas from my station if they installed this sort of crap. fortunately they're a small backwoods independent, and are unlikely to do it. heck, we can't even pay with a card at the pump yet. :)

google text ads rule, if one must have ads (i am often willing to pay so i don't have to see any).
firecat
Sep. 19th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
Re: video ads at the pump
Yes, exactly - attention pollution, peripheral vision pollution...
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