Side effect of using alternative fuels

Last month, as I was putting the finishing touches on a VIP customer’s vegetable oil fuel system (my own!), I was having trouble with intermittent stalling and hard starts. I pulled over as it died, and I cranked for minutes before it began a choppy idle. Of course, I was supposed to be meeting a customer at the shop, and I was within a hundred yards when I gave it that last rev, which killed it. I wanted to let it idle for awhile, so I locked up and ran to the shop to meet the customer. When I ran back to the car 10 minutes later, I found two police cars writing me a ticket!

 I tried explaining the situation to the police, but they didn’t understand or didn’t care. As I got my ticket ($150), I tried to drive away, but the car immediately died again. I flagged down the same cop, who expressed surprise when I said the car wasn’t working. She casually said “ah just go to court – the judge will throw it out”. So that’s just what I did – only to be told by the prosecutor that they only have to prove that I did indeed leave the car running, regardless of intent. Rather than face the prospect of $200 in court fees and even more in fines, I accepted the $65 fine and CONVICTION for leaving my car unattended.

 Quote of the day (as said by Izzy of Mean Green Trucking last year): “Shit, man, they should be paying US to do this stuff!”

One thought on “Side effect of using alternative fuels

  1. Shoot me in the hand man. Ball busting is the way of the man. How’s Austin? Looking to pick up the Beetle in April. All the support I can get would be awesome!!

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