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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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Nov 11

Posts: 75

HkUk says:

I'm happy to take it off - it makes a great alternative shopping basket for the booze, snacks, etc. Anyone tried putting on a burkha/hijab over the top of the helmet ? I'd love to get a fully waterproof urban camouflage burkha, walk into Morrisons and GoPro the whole thing.....

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May 12

Posts: 2

Cosmiccoo2 says:

Petrol Station

first off i work in a petrol station, We always ask people to remove helmets or take their hood down if filling a car, I don't have a problem with this as every biker i know is brand new but some people i work with feel a little discouraged with having someone show up and you can't see their face, however if its a flip-up we don't have a problem cause we can see faces but then again a know a lot of bikers feel discriminated by this, its the same story with asking not to sit on the bike while filling up either.

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Apr 11

Posts: 856

Richnotrich says:

I'm glad this has come up

for umpteenth time!

Hang on ................

No I'm not.

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Feb 09

Posts: 241

tris123 says:

Yes I could just take my helmet off but I don't like discrimination and that's what it feels like. So fuck em I'll go to the next garage.

If the garage is worried about theft they should make you pay before you pump like they do in the states.


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Sep 10

Posts: 1335

SatNavSteve says:

trickyd!  It was only a thought about legal action, I'm not an expert, but you could argue their facilities are not fit for purpose regarding motorcycles coz we don't have handbrakes. titosfuneral!  I looked up bampot as you suggest and it sounds to me like their interpretation is a corruption of 'barmpot' or maybe vice versa. Never heard of the urban dictionary before today so I've learnt something.

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Mar 04

Posts: 55

ivanhoe says:

All the filling stations I use have credit card input at the pump.  

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Apr 12

Posts: 320

DazLoczy says:

Never take it off

When the petrol station can supply somewhere clean and safe for me to leave my lid then I'll take it off. I have only ever had flip ups and have only once been asked to remove my lid - by a talking pillarbox! Her manager couldn't see the irony of her request so that garage never got my custom again. No one else has had a problem with me flipping the front face up. I do think however that if I would lift the lid up above my face and rest it there if I was wearing a fullface just out of courtesy.

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Jan 11

Posts: 13

megadooomer says:

Tannoy? You where lucky.

Been to one place, didn't even get the courtsy of a  tannoy.  Parked up flipped the front of my lid.  Waited no answer had to go and ask why they're pumps weren't working still had to fully remove my helmet before the turned the pumps on. 

used  the garage previously no problems at all. 

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Sep 09

Posts: 905

Rogerborg says:

Cosmiccoo2, you don't "always" ask people to show their faces, do you?

You wouldn't ask someone wearing a hijab or niqab to remove it, would you? There is discrimination here, but it's positive, and sadly that's just fine legally. To win this argument, we'd need to find an actual female Muslim (or similar positive-discrimination type) biker to insist that her helmet is protecting her from the eye-groping. Anyone know one?

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Jun 09

Posts: 7

multimark says:

Pork Pies as well

Some may think it a bit 'old school', but I have a shoei multitech flip front lid. (On a 990 SMT !)It is quiet, fairly light and you can sip water and eat pork pie with it on. Flipped up its no problem in petrol stations, even supermarkets. Regards Mark

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