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Re: Don't give me no static ...

"By forcing you to hold onto the metal trigger, you're grounded through the process. Less sparks, less boom."

It also prevents the disturbingly common issue of people driving off with the pump still attached to their car. America is a funny place sometimes; in some parts it's considered such a terrible inconvenience to hold a trigger for a minute or so that no-one worries about the safety issues, while in others holding said trigger is so important that it's illegal to do it yourself and you have to employ someone for the sole purpose of doing it properly. Meanwhile pretty much all countries ban mobile phones around petrol stations despite there being no evidence of a single fire caused by one, and indeed plenty of research to show it's not actually possible (unless it's a Samsung of course). Sometimes it almost seems as though humans are really bad at assessing risk.

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