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How do you react to being asked to remove your helmet at a petrol station?

It’s cold, fingers are numb, the sun is setting and there’s still twenty frosty miles left before the warmth of home. But first it’s time for petrol: pull up at the station, unhook the nozzle and the digits won’t budge. A puzzled look at the attendant is met with a tannoy announcement: “Can you remove your helmet please”. pollcomment

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Mar 08

Posts: 72

sallison30 says:

Britain loves oppression and the reason they get away with it is so many people simply accept it!

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Mar 10

Posts: 60

maculopathy says:


only ever been asked once - it wasn't an issue, I didn't feel racialy abused (because motorcyclists aren't a race all you numb nuts who say stuff like that are mistaken)

Some people just love to get enraged about anything petty that in the grand scheme of things really doesn't matter at all, I wonder how many of the big well I did this type stories are actually true.

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Oct 10

Posts: 186

zoobaz says:

I usually take it off anyway

I just think it's just common courtesy.

If I'm going to speak to another human being then they'd probably like to see who they're talking to.

I really don't find it a problem to be honest.

I worked in retail in a kinda high cash-flow environment years ago (first job out of college) and people coming in with their faces hidden was terrifying. Lets not get into the religious debate here, all I'm saying is I have a choice and I choose to take it off.



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Feb 13

Posts: 30

azicat says:

I always take the helmet off before filling up - it's just part of the routine.  All my riding mates do the same here too, and it's not a big deal. Perhaps we're more laid back about things like this in Australia and like to say hello to the guys that work at the station too.

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Jan 13

Posts: 31

TTdaft says:

Why do MCN always word the selections with a chip on shoulder type attitude?

Option D - I like to take my lid off to talk to the staff

I have never had a problem with forecourt attendents with attitude, maybe because I don't give them any

has to be said I normally take my lid off anyway, except the few garages that I use locally and are known.

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Sep 09

Posts: 893

Rogerborg says:

Eff off with the equality argument

Being a biker is not a "protected characteristic" for equality legislation.  Which is a misnomer anyway because it enforces special treatment, not equality.

Their gaff, their rules. If you don't like it, take your grubby £10 note elsewhere, they don't really want our business anyway.  And I'd rather be told the truth - "We think you'll do a ride-away" - then some tosh about checking age or the hilarious "your lid might fill up with fumes" that some twunt at Morrisons was peddling.

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Mar 10

Posts: 1035

bmwgs says:


well i just like to say in OZ was the only place i have ever been ask to get off the bike and fill the tank with the bike on the side stand as they said it was a fire risk for me to sit on the seat to get the tank fill to the top.


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Aug 02

Posts: 553


I really don't know what all the fuss is about this, i've been riding on the road since i was 16 in 1979 and have always taken my helmet off when i fill up, it's the polite and courteous thing to do.

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Jun 12

Posts: 14

jahtlR says:

Take the helmet off and put a burka on!

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Apr 09

Posts: 46

deaks25 says:

Flip Front

I've been riding for years, only ever had flip-front helmets. Never been asked to remove my helmet. Yes they're a compromise on safety compared to a full face, but my riding mostly commuting so I find it a fair compromise.

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