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Question #89944 posted on 06/26/2017 10:26 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What would likely happen next if the following happened in New Jersey or Oregon?

An employee of Gas Station employed as a gas pumper pulls in, but before he parks and punches in to start his shift he notices his tank is empty, so he pulls up to a pump while the pumper on duty has gone to the bathroom without getting prevented by any other Gas Station employee. But a policeman across the street sees it and pulls up for the ticket. The guy then says "Officer, I am a gas pumper employed by this gas station to pump gas."

Do you think that guy would get a ticket?

How about the case that differs only in that dude ran in, punched the clock, and ran back (but the cop missed that part)?



Dear you,

I'm not sure there's a hard-and-fast policy about this. Probably it would depend on the police officer and how understanding they were feeling. I also feel like the gas station would have policies about whether employees could pump their own gas; if they were allowed, I think most people would rather punch in and be paid for their time.