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Boycott Empire Store, They sell burners bad gas

Postby changoloco » Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:25 pm

So my truck brokedown in BRC on Sunday, the cause? The gas that I got from Empire Store was almost 50% water! When I called them to warn them that their gas had water in it, they yelled at me and hung up on me!!! Please help me to spread the word about this. I wasn't even asking them to reimburse me, I just wanted to make sure that they didn't sell anyone else any bad gas!! Tell everyone you know to not go to the Empire Store for gas ever again. Call them and tell them that they can't do this to our community!!! (775) 557-2311
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Re: Boycott Empire Store, They sell burners bad gas

Postby Sham » Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:14 pm

The gas and the store are two separate operations. I have not heard of anyone else having a problem with the gas, and I'm sure that word would have gotten out if this was the cases. There were hundreds of vehicles filled up there.
If you made it as far as BRC, is it possible that someone filled what they thought was your water tank, but was the gas filler spot?

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Postby changoloco » Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:02 pm

No Sham, this was a pickup truck and word on FB is that other people have had similar complaints.
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Postby changoloco » Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:03 pm

And when I called them to warn them, they yelled at me, swore at me and hung up the phone. Had they told me that they were sorry and they would look into it, we would've been done.
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Re: Boycott Empire Store, They sell burners bad gas

Postby Token » Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:03 pm

Does yur pickup truck got a locking gas cap?

Did you piss anyone off enough for them to piss in your gas tank?

Sounds like a case of post-coital drip to me.

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Postby changoloco » Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:33 am

I will be having the gasoline from my tank tested. So I will come back and answer all of your questions.
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Postby junglesmacks » Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:35 am

changoloco wrote:I will be having the gasoline from my tank tested. So I will come back and answer all of your questions.


That still won't tell you when/if/how just that it is.
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Postby changoloco » Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:59 am

Could I put this anymore clearly? The last place that I got gas from was Empire, period.
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Postby MoBo » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:12 am

I filled up at Empire on the way in. I was in a fully loaded truck with a trailer and ran it down to a 1/4 tank before re filling in Reno.
This new information (that my truck runs fine on a 50-50 gas water mix) is going to save me a bunch of money in the future! :D
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Postby junglesmacks » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:31 am

changoloco wrote:Could I put this anymore clearly? The last place that I got gas from was Empire, period.



The last place that you got gas from was Empire, yes. This still does not rule out some kind of other tampering with your gas/gas tank was brought up by Token.

Someone could have easily put something in there, as well. Who did you piss off with your noisy generator?
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Postby ygmir » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:07 am

also consider, that water sits in the bottom of the storage tank, so, it's pumped out first.
depending on how much water was in there, most would probably be gone in the first few customers, and none to be seen later. and,if they put dispersants in, (which is often the case) then none would show up........I'd not say they were selling "bad gas".....I'd say, if anything, there was water either in that tank, from sitting, or in the delivery, and you got most.........bad as that is.
Still not right to not listen to your complaint, though.
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Postby unjonharley » Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:38 am

First of all, What test did you preform to conclude the 50/50 gas/water?

Water floats on gas.. A person would have to drive enough to burn off the gas to get water to the engine..

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Postby pinemom » Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:45 am

Empire store rocks!
Empire gas is cheap gas at conveinence to the playa price! (ya, we've always known this and manage to keep away from it). Does it have water in it, doubt it, but it is not top of the line.Its what you would find in town on side street no name gasoline. so in town where everyone is charging 4.00 a gal, it would be the same as the lil market that under sales all other gas staions at 3.50 a gal. Does it screw with your automobile, sure...nothing a lil' gas treatment wont solve and remove. If you had a severe issue with your truck, it might have been already there and a tank full of low grade didnt help.

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Postby goathead » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:56 am

and considering just how many loads of fuel they received that week?
the number of people they served?
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Postby unjonharley » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:56 am

unjonharley wrote:First of all, What test did you preform to conclude the 50/50 gas/water?

Water floats on gas.. A person would have to drive enough to burn off the gas to get water to the engine..


Sorry about that..................

Gas floats on water... At 50/50/ gas water you would have an instant stall. Check your air sensor just after the air filter.. DO NOT touch it with your fingers.. That can damage the sensor.. There is a spray designed just to clean that one item.. If it get coated with dust.. Your engine will kick, snot and choke.. your MPG will drop like a rock.. Took me 500 mile of limping the van home to find this problem..

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Postby changoloco » Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:29 pm

I am now dealing with the owner of The Empire Store regarding this situation. I do not believe that they would ever intentionally do this. They are good people. However, when I called to notify them yesterday, I got yelled at, sworn at and hung up on. I will keep all of you updated on this situation. I am extremely satisfied that I got a call from the owner today and that he is being pro-active to investigate the situation.
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Postby RedHeaven » Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:30 pm

I have heard too many bad things about the Empire store to support it.

Snocones in Gerlach I will always support, though!

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Re: Boycott Empire Store, They sell burners bad gas

Postby Snow » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:45 pm

I bought beans at the empire store, they gave me really bad gas...
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Postby unjonharley » Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:33 am

My Papa done told me, when I was knee high..

Keep your tank topped off if it's going to sit for a while. We are from northern Wi.
The changing temperature (engine heat and all) will draw moisture into the tank.

I come into BRC from Cedarville, 80 mile.. Fill up in Cedarville, drive to BRC, set camp and fill from the reserve cans.

Some old tricks from days gone by are still good..

While working out on the range long ago.. We covered the air cleaners when sitting in a sand storm.. So I cover the VW vans air cleaner at BM.. That one is wide open and next to the ground. Still install a new filter at the Gerlach dump on the way out.. Just some stuff I leaned and do automatic.

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Postby Sundial » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:28 am

My friend showed me a picture of her Burner friend pissing in the gas tank of an RV belonging to neighbours that annoyed him this year. Just saying.
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Postby caliban » Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:10 pm

steve.t.sullivan wrote:My friend showed me a picture of her Burner friend pissing in the gas tank of an RV belonging to neighbours that annoyed him this year. Just saying.


jesus, i *really* think that is the *wrong* kind of thing to do at this event. seriously?! like a couple of pints of piss would have any effect at all. he should really be pissing in the *fresh water* tank.

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Postby MyDearFriend » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:40 am

Our little caravan filled up at the Empire store on the Thursday morning before gates opened. We did nothing special about our gas tanks or air filters, did not fill up again until after we left Reno the Wednesday after Labor Day, and recorded our best gas mileage ever for that leg of the trip.

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Re: Boycott Empire Store, They sell burners bad gas

Postby knowmad » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:01 am

50/50 Gas Water mix! Do you even know the Slightest thing about Engines? and if you are that Ignorant to the impossibility of your Car even Starting After you put that in, Than you are prolly ignorant of all the other things it could have been. Why I should join you in your outrage?
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Postby trilobyte » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:17 pm

Odds are more likely that you got water in the tank through some other means, rather than at a pretty heavily trafficked gas station during the event.

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Postby Bounce530 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:39 pm

At least it wasn't 50% feathers.
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Re: Boycott Empire Store, They sell burners bad gas

Postby Rice » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:46 pm

I was on-playa for three weeks. Until I saw this post, I did not hear anything about bad gas in Empire.

One report of issues does not prove that there was actually a problem. (It does not prove there isn't a problem either, but if it was the gas station, more people would be reporting issues...)

Perhaps if you contacted the gas station, rather than the store, you might get better results. Have you had an independent gas station test your fuel.

When did you buy your fuel, what time of day, what kind of fuel, how much, which pump was used?? When exactly did you start to notice that there was a problem? (What day/time?) What distance had you driven your vehicle from the time it was fueled up until the problems started? Had your vehicle sat for any length of time prior to the problems occurring? Does your fuel tank have some sort of lock (either the gas cap, lid, etc) ??

Inquiring minds want to know...
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Postby oneeyeddick » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:34 pm

At least they didn't steal your gas cap.
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Postby wedeliver » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:07 am

oneeyeddick wrote:At least they didn't steal your gas cap.


and the memories come flooding back. I remember well the gas cap that was resold. Is anyone living in Empire anymore? (was anyone really living there before?)
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Postby Bob » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:19 am

Is it true the Empire Store steals young children too?
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