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post #1 of 15 Old 05-09-2013, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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If you're in the area, don't stop here...

I just got back from a four day trip ( ride report forthcoming ), but I wanted to highlight one experience from my trip.

A fellow Canadian Stromtrooper, 568v8, reached out to me for assistance with route selection in our area and this request turned into me spending four days with him.

I live in Acworth, Ga and our second day of riding had us traveling north from Acworth up to Tellico Plains, Tn, to the Cherohala Skyway. Any, shortly after crossing over the Tn border we made a gas stop at the Exxon 68 just before the junction with 64 near Ducktown. We pulled in and topped off our tanks. Being courteous, we pushed our bikes into a parking place to make room for other paying customers. I walked inside and asked the proprietor if I could use the restroom. The gentleman stated that the restroom was located outside the bldg on the left and handed me a key. Upon returning I waited for him to finish up with another customer, then handed the key back and said 'thank you.'

Outside, I used my cell phone to send a txt message with a location update for my wife. Suddenly, the door flung open rapidly and the proprietor said "Gentleman, get your gear back on and get your a$$ down the street. This is not a GD rest stop. Unless you're gonna buy something get the hell outta here."

I politely informed him that we had just bought gas. He apologized and stated that from where he sits he can't always see the gas pumps, but he still had a lot of attitude in his voice. I was a bit shell shocked.

Anyway, do me a favor and help spread the word for everyone to buy their gas somewhere else.

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I know where that is, and have probably stopped there before.......never had a problem. I KNOW those stations get alot of Bike Traffic.......no telling what/who has been there before you and done something to upset the guy??? I'm not taking up for him.....no excuse for an atitude like that. But I wonder how many other "cagers" look down upon us (V-strommers) simply because we are riding a motorcycle......and they may have had a bad experience with a "biker" in the past?????

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Sometimes there is no pleasing people no matter how polite you are. He could have been having a bad day too. It was just something little enough to make him snap...

Where abouts in Acworth do you live? Im right off of 75 and 92.

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I know where that is, and have probably stopped there before.......never had a problem. I KNOW those stations get alot of Bike Traffic.......no telling what/who has been there before you and done something to upset the guy??? I'm not taking up for him.....no excuse for an atitude like that. But I wonder how many other "cagers" look down upon us (V-strommers) simply because we are riding a motorcycle......and they may have had a bad experience with a "biker" in the past?????
Yes, 568v8, followed him back into the store and got the story out of him. I accepted his apology, but his response was still very wrong....especially since I showed him respect and thanked him for allowing me to use the restroom before he lost his temper.

You know the saying 'respect is earned, not given?' Well, let me tell you that that saying a bit backwards. If you want respect you must first show that you are respect-able and you do that by being the first to show respect. That's exactly what I did. He chose to allow his anger to control him. I choose to take my business elsewhere.

I know about the incident that caused his anger and it is an unfortunate event, but that is not an excuse for him taking it out on someone else. It is a character flaw that I take point against.

I'm confident that I can find another establishment that better understanding of customer service.

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So what was the incident? I pass through that area often.


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They had bought gas and after using the bathroom and spending a few minutes getting sorted though their gear and sending some texts the owner/register guy comes out and starts yelling at them to get their "ass down the road" and that the station isn't a "goddamn reststop."
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I know about the incident that caused his anger and it is an unfortunate event, but that is not an excuse for him taking it out on someone else. It is a character flaw that I take point against.

This incident.
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Everyone has a bad day... I don't think I would try to affect someone's livelihood by suggesting no one visit, times are tough these days.. I'd make it a point to stop there again, just to see if it's an isolated incident or not... if you care that much.
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He is pretty well known within the gas hauling community as a jerk.I don't buy gas there so I have no personal experience. I am sorry you had a bad experience their though.
If some of these businesses arond ETn,ENc and NGa would think about how much money they bring in from the motorcycling community they might change their attitude.
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He is pretty well known within the gas hauling community as a jerk.I don't buy gas there so I have no personal experience. I am sorry you had a bad experience their though.
If some of these businesses arond ETn,ENc and NGa would think about how much money they bring in from the motorcycling community they might change their attitude.
Thanks. LOL disregard my comments then..
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