I witnessed something this afternoon that made me a little angry, and I need some help in knowing what to do about it.
I stopped to fill up my tank on my way back to work after lunch ($3.85 this afternoon, up 5 cents from yesterday, and an average of about 26mpg on this tank; not bad for a 13 year old Suzuki Sidekick). I drove into the station behind a city-owned street maintenance truck, and while I was filling up (and checking the oil & washing my windows) the truck sat there in the parking lot, idling. A 2 1/2 ton diesel-engined truck, idling for at least five minutes.
Living in the upper midwest, I know that there are times when it’s not a good idea to start & stop a diesel engine; usually in the dead of winter when the cold temps make restarting a diesel engine difficult (years ago I worked with a guy who drove an old Mercedes diesel, and he let the thing run 24 hours a day from mid-November through March every year so that a. he wouldn’t have trouble starting it in the cold, and b. so he’d have a nice warm vehicle on those cold cold mornings.)
But the temperature today is in the low 70’s and the sun is shining. So I’m left wondering; is there a compelling reason for this guy to have left his engine running during a five minute snack stop? Or is this an example of fraud/waste/abuse in our fine city’s workforce that warrants a letter/email of complaint to the street department?
I would’ve said something to the guy at the time — after all, he is working for me — but… Can anyone help me out here?