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Steve Farrell  says:

Somerfield: We’re intimidated by motorcyclists in helmets

Motorcyclists must remove open-face crash helmets to avoid ‘intimidating’ petrol station staff, a supermarket chain has said. And riders must be ‘earthed’ before filling up to prevent risk of explosion, according to the bizarre policy statement from Somerfield. The supermarket said: ‘We have to consider the feelings and views of our workforce who currently find being approached by someone in...

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Apr 07

Posts: 1554

shuggie1 says:

Problem is

Where do i put my lid (that costs more than the cashier earns in a week) when I take it off?

Hard enough juggling cash, keys, gloves etc and when you get to the till there's mars bar displays, porn mags etc, but nowhere to put the lid...

Could always balance it on the mirror I suppose, and hope no-one knocks it off or steals it...

On the iother hand my local Total stantion couldn't care less, always fill up there and never been asked to remove the lid

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Sep 09

Posts: 9

GuyGlover says:

Until Summerfield have corrected the fault with their equipment to remove the risk of static discharge causing a flash fire maybe we should all have a safety policy of wearing our helmets with the visor down until fuelling is finished.

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Aug 07

Posts: 143

I will go somewhere else too, this whole helmet thing is snowballing out of control. I want to see the number of drive offs with bikes compared to cars...


It has never been a problem before so why now. Id like then to say no to a Muslim etc...

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Dec 08

Posts: 1928

thestig08 says:

i would never take my helmet off

it's just against my contract!

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Nov 07

Posts: 11

chrispy102 says:

Im gonna start wearing a yashmak under my lid, see how that goes down!

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Mar 08

Posts: 45

Charro says:

Not Again!!


Won’t this one ever go away? What worries me is the thinking at ‘meetings’ where decisions like ‘no bikers wearing helmets can fill up at our petrol stations’ are made. It’s how we are perceived.

This about sums it up:-

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Nov 09

Posts: 5

OlafsBura says:

safety issues

maybe we should be more cautious and just not fuel up in somerfield as long they haven't fixed issues with the earthing ?

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Jun 09

Posts: 2

figjam6659 says:

This argument about seeing somebody's face is spurious.

The CCTV images often shown on Watchdog are so vague that recognition is often almost impossible.

It is also discriminatory. We are being discriminated against because we are not Muslim women. Tell that to a cashier and watch his face change!

Regarding the number of "drive-off" incident, it's far more likely that a car just filled with 90 litres of super, such as I used to drive, will abscond rather than the 20 litre motorcycle, and the only person responsible for the large losses incurred by the former currently resides in Downing Street.

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Aug 06

Posts: 7

karlos359 says:


So how many motorcyclists whilst still sat on their bike have exploded whilst filling their bikes up with fuel ?  

I have never been asked to remove my helmet but I would if they requested me to simply because I have been asked and it is polite but then again who, what are Somerfield ?

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Nov 08

Posts: 8

madbiker70 says:


I had the exact same thing happen to me at my local morrisons store. I have a ZX9 (never had a problem filling the bike with flip lid up and sat on it). But went in the other month on my mates rat bike, used pay at pump (petrol was hence payed for) filled up to pennies from the top, Petrol cuts OFF, I was to say the least pis$@d and said so, All I was given was a smug looking so what!!!

Talking to another morrisons attendent last week, she showed me a laminated card given to all forcourt attendants, showing all the criteria for not allowing fueling.

First is removal of helmet (recognition of rider as usual)

Last is sitting on the bike, apparently we may fall off while fueling (LOL) and spill petrol allover our self.

I wonder if somerfield and morrisons are woried that with all that static and spilt fuel we may turn into a human tourch???!!!

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