Everywhere you look, there's an advertisement.

It's inescapable. We live in a short attention span society, so it's no surprise that people will put ads anywhere. While I get that Maine did away with billboards, there are literally ads everywhere else. How many times have you been in a public restroom of some kind, and there literally ads on the doors to the stalls, or above the urinals.

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Like, I get that I'm trapped there for those few minutes, but I also feel like you're invading my personal space. Although it's better than the alternative from my younger days, where all you could do was read your significant other's shampoo bottle while you did your business. We've come a long way, baby.

But why on Earth do I want to watch TV while I pump gas?

This is a phenomenon I've become increasingly annoyed with over the years. So when I saw this post on Reddit, I knew I'd found my people. If you haven't experienced this fresh hell yet, basically you roll up on a gas pump to fuel up, and when you begin, all of a sudden a little TV within the pump fires up with all kinds of commercials.

Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media
Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media

could be things related to the store itself, or it could be specials on products they sell within the store. But it sucks. I can't think of a place I'd like to be hassled less. Other than the bathroom. Oh wait...

By the way, someone pointed out that anyone who marks where the mute button is on a pump deserves the best in life. I agree 1000%.

There is some relief...

Luckily, a lot of them have a mute button so you can get away from the babbling going on in your ear. You're already annoyed by the cold, or the driving rain, and now you have to listen to some kid rattle on about a rewards program?! No thanks! I'd just like to fill my tank and hit the road.

Photo by Josh Eckstein on Unsplash
Photo by Josh Eckstein on Unsplash

Ads are weird, when they come at you in weird places. On TV? Sure. The radio? Yup, that's another place they've always been. But at the pump? Gimme a break. Whoever told you that invading people's quiet time was cool, was grossly incorrect. Want me to spend money in your store? Stop begging me to do it from the pump.

Were there stupid commercials at the pump when you started driving? I doubt it... But do you remember how much the gas was?

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