I was driving around town yesterday running some errands, and noticed that I needed to fill up my tank. I did what I usually do and just stopped at the nearest gas station, which happened to be the Phillips 66 on 69th Street and Slide Road.

I pulled up, got out of my car, swiped my card, but when I went to pick up the gas pump, I noticed that it was heavier than I'm used to. I didn’t think too much of it until I went to pull the handle and start pumping the gas.

I pulled the handle up, and my finger went out on instinct to push the tab down to hold the handle in place. However, my finger didn’t make contact with anything, so I paused and looked down at the pump.

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I stared for a moment in a haze of confusion because I had never seen a pump that looked like that.

I fumbled around with it for a moment to try and figure out exactly how it works. A few seconds of looking like a fool later, and I got the handle set in place and was on my way to smoothly fill up my tank. I still don't know exactly how I did it, but I just pulled the gray part up with the handle (as the arrow suggests) and got it to stay in place.

I’m hoping I'm not the only person to be bamboozled by these new handles. Or maybe I just missed the memo and everyone already knew about this change-up.

It reminds me of when they switched the pump’s card readers to a chip reader instead of a swipe. I would instinctually take the card out quickly after putting it in, only to have the machine yell at me to keep the card in. I still don’t know if that was something everyone else had to discover on the fly too, or if I missed some sort of notice about it.

I swear I’m not an idiot, I'm just a creature of habit, and these sudden changes catch me off guard. I wish they would make some sort of announcement when making these changes so I can stop looking like a dummy when trying to pump gas.

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