• Oct 11th 2006 at 7:33PM
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We can't imagine how many safeguards had to be ignored and incompetent people employed to allow such a thing to happen, but somehow last Wednesday a Super Petroleum gas station (no pic available, generic station at right) in Holbrook, MA had its underground tank for regular unleaded accidentally filled with diesel fuel during a routine delivery at 3AM. Three days passed before the mistake was realized, during which time 45 cars expecting good ole' 87 octane were fed diesel fuel.
The Enterprise reports that some cars made it 20 miles before they stopped dead in the street while others didn't make it out of the station. Local mechanics that received the windfall of business from the error eventually figured out what was going on and three days and 45 downed cars later the damage came to a halt. Fortunately, affected car owners are reporting that the gas station has been paying for each vehicle to be repaired or performing the repairs itself. Station owner Dana Watson is even filling each car repaired by her Super Petroleum mechanics with a fresh tank of gas. She might want to double check what she's pumping this time.

[Source: Boston Herald via Kicking Tires]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Does no one else know the difference between the smell of gasoline and the smell of diesel?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "22. 15. "13. anyone find out what a CATALAC is yet ? lmao"

      Its a typo.

      I can't believe I'm going through all this effort just to post this.

      Posted at 9:08PM on Oct 11th 2006 by vectorbug

      Nope, it's worse than a typo. A typo is when a word has the correct letters in an incorrect order. I'd give a pass to spelling 'Cadillac' with just one 'l', too. 'Catalac' is obviously the result of someone sounding out the name."

      Man, this guy is being raped for spelling Cadalack incorrectly, sheesh!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nothing happens if you put gas into a diesel engine.
      It does not start. I did it to a Golf TDI.
      We emptied the tank and fueled up and took off.
      No damage. We even told the dealer since it was under warranty they laughed said its ok and dont do it again and that it happens often.
      • 8 Years Ago
      hey, catalac man.... you are full of it. if you only put in a few gallons, then that means you were either short on money or short on time. either way that tells me that you were low on gas since you bothered to stop to get more. and if that was the case, then that 'catalac' of yours would not have gone far. another thing... on-star might have been able to tell you that your check engine light came on, but there are no diagnostic codes that show 'oops, you got diesel fuel in a gas engine'. one more thing. how did you manage to squeeze the bigger diesel nozzle into the smaller fuel inlet restricter hole?
      Greg A.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "if i was the owner id give them the number to the place that filled it wrong and let them handle it that way."

      But then your affected customers would sue you (at least in small claims court). As a couple of previous commenters have implied, the gas station's staff not only could have, but should have, verified that what was put into the tank was gasoline. It's you who would have to go after the supplier.
      • 8 Years Ago
      what the hell is a catalac ? ok people i think we found the guy at fault for this !!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      35. A) It IS the fault of the station owner. He sold a mislabeled product to consumers who (despite the possible odor) had no way to know. How far they got down the road is probably a function of how much gas they had in their tanks to begin with.
      B) The station owner is making the best of a bad situation. This is simply good business. He's hoping that people will accept this "apology" and not avoid his station in the future. Plus, everybody’s damages are going to go on one big bill that he will present to the supplier. Who will pay it. Along with a nice "I'm really sorry for the business you lost" (read: financial compensation). Unless, of course, their contract limits damages for this sort of thing. Which it probably does, as that’s what the lawyers both sides are paying are for.
      C) Of course he wants to repair them himself. He gets to charge those hours straight to the supplier. His usual markup is just profit here.
      D) Can't we all just see the humor in mangling a brand name and get along?

      Posted by Spaceweasel
      Good Points.
      But what about the look of the Gas Station?? ;}
      • 8 Years Ago
      "If you own a business you must take responsibility for the products and services you offer regardless if the product you actually produced or if a company supplied it to you to sell."

      The problem with your logic is that the owner has a way to test each and every batch of fuel that comes in, or even tests the tank. A fuel suppler comes in, fills the tank, and thats that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Diesel mix-up was probably casued by the Northeastern speech impediment. I bet they never "sar" it coming.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i like how everyone is ready to blame anyone they can... i dont believe the owner of the station is at any fault at all ... and who's to say it was the guy who filled the tanks fault ? it could have been the person that filled the truck !! and if the same guy that fills the truck is the guy that fills the tanks, we need to drop him in iraq with the rest of the idiots
      • 8 Years Ago
      ["if i was the owner id give them the number to the place that filled it wrong and let them handle it that way."]

      I guess that's why you don't own a business.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How do you know that the error didn't happen at the terminal?
      If the tanks weren't empty you have a mix of the products.
      The fill nozzles are supposed to reduce the vapors reaching you and the environment. The tanks can have up to 5% cross contamination can you detect that while fueling.
      The disel tanks with gas in them are drained and the fuel system flushed and tanks refueled. The cars that got the disel instead of gas have tanks drained an systems flushed and are refueled.
      The cars that didn't run properly after refueling should have been an idicator that something was wrong with the product but we are complacent about this because it is a relatively rare occurance.
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