How Convenient

The Air/Water machine at the 76 Station on Watt & Fair Oaks
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I think we’ve all figured out by now that more and more gas stations price their product depending on your method of payment.

The two-tiered system is completely legal, however is not an option for many gas station owners. Pumps that have the technology able to track dual-prices cost anywhere between $12,000 to $15,000, meaning many small stations simply cannot afford such a luxury…and are stuck with smaller margins due to processing costs.

Wouldn’t NOT upgrading pumps at a cost of around 60K to 100K also help with those margins?

At any rate, here’s a photo taken at the 76 Station on Watt & Fair Oaks. If you have coins on you, it’ll run you $0.75 to fill up those tires. If you don’t, the price goes up to $1.25. You know, “Same as Cash.”

An Outbreak of Honesty?

I was catching up on the news today when came across this story about two Safeway stores going unlocked on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Police said when they showed up at 3:30 p.m. Friday they found that people had been taking items and leaving money at the registers.

Sounds like an opportunity to dust off the old Sac Rag “Right Awn” right? Not if you read the comments. Ah, the comments…

“This is why I LOVE ROSEVILLE! We are hard-working, trust-worthy people. You would never read a story like this (the honest people part) happening in Sacramento or most other cities.”

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Some people became angry

Crowd waiting for Air Jordans
Happy Holidays.

From we learn that, in spite of these tough economic times, people still covet sneakers and are willing to wait in line for them.

Crowds were in line waiting for the release of Air Jordan 11. The crowd that gathered for the $175 sneakers became so unruly, police were brought in and the mall closed. As a result, many customers who had been standing in line for hours became angry…Some people reportedly tried to get into the mall through back doors.

No word if any were wearing hoodies. Although I can report that Mrs. TopofIt has intentionally worn a hoodie at the Arden Fair Mall without so much as a second look.

Only six people were able to get shoes before the mall was closed. They received a special police escort from the mall to their vehicles.

$175 for reissued shoes! Man, people are funny.

Cap’n Obvious: Speakerphones

I’d like to introduce a new category to help organize our thoughts and opinions about topics we at The Sac Rag feel are, well, obvious. I am labeling this category “Cap’n Obvious” in reference to what I call people who say things like “Hey, that reminds me of that one episode of ‘Seinfeld’” when I make a joke about having a contest to see who can go the longest without pleasuring themselves.

Now that I have your attention …

Hey, Sacramento, holding your cell phone up to your mouth using the speakerphone feature is still dangerous even if you think it is somehow allowed under the Hands Free law that went into effect last year.

(e) This section does not apply to a person when using a digital two-way radio that utilizes a wireless telephone that operates by depressing a push-to-talk feature and does not require immediate proximity to the ear of the user, and the person is driving one of the following vehicles:

You know, unless you are operating an implement of husbandry of course. Carry on, please.

There is, however, an exception for dialing.

“Supernanny” has great idea

So, we’ve all heard by now that the casting team of ABC’s popular parenting show “Supernanny” will be interviewing families from 12 to 5 p.m. on August 23rd in Roseville, CA. Cool, right? Parents with rambunctious little ones can audition to have their lives improved by their “behavioral expert.”

The show is looking for families of all types who need help from Supernanny Frost, who is a “behavioral expert,” said Tiffany Dejillo, a Supernanny casting producer.

The casting call is being held at Pump It Up, an indoor inflatable party destination located at 10556 Industrial Ave., Suite 100, Roseville.

Hmm, really? Anyone that has been to one of these inflatable Thunderdomes will tell you that even the most “normal” kids can quickly get out of hand as they bounce around haphazardly, high on birthday cake, leveling anyone in their path.

Am I alone in thinking that opening up this facility to kids that may or may not have behavioral issues while their parents talk to casting producers is a dicey idea at best and should be video taped to air as its own reality show?

“Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!”


What’s classier? reports of an incident in Folsom Tuesday night involving the stabbing of a customer by a convenience clerk over the soda machine being out of syrup.

The victim said after she had complained about the fountain soda machine being out of syrup, the clerk refused her service. Their argument led to a that ended when the clerk allegedly used a 2″ to 3″ knife to stab the customer. The victim was taken to the hospital with non life threatening.

“…led to a that”
“…was taken to the hospital with a non life threatening.”

Just publish it and forget it…no one reads this stuff anyway, right?

Disturbing headlines of the day

Awful slideshow: Images In Baby Dismemberment CaseIn the “Most Viewed Slideshows” section on at the moment: Children Found Alive In Trash Bin and Images In Baby Dismemberment Case. I hate to sound so preachy, but what the fuck is wrong with you people??? (Not you people, of course.)

I don’t really mean that. I understand the “rubbernecking” tendency that is burned into human nature. But isn’t there also an “avoidance of deep mental disturbance” tendency also? How does this stuff even get made into slideshows, anyway? Are those things auto generated or what? Wouldn’t somebody somewhere have to decide Yes this makes a good slideshow to push out to the Hearst TV affiliate sites (guessing there on how it works).

Local duo cleverly protects their identity

We need teepee for our bungholes!
Don’t you stare at my belly button!

We see stories like this quite often. But, this particular one struck me as unique. Why? Well, there was something about the two dudes that reminded me of something. Something from my college days. What was it though? What was it about these two brainiacs holding up a pizza joint that seemed so familiar?

Then it hit me. That’s it! Answer after the jump…
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We need a proposition for this one reports that an all-women facility of the California Family Fitness chain of gymnasiums will be forced to open its doors to men due to threat of litigation.

California Family Fitness operates 14 other gyms for both men and women, but kept its Howe Avenue location single-sex because it grew out of a nearby women’s health club known as Living Well Lady purchased by the company in 1997.

The company said it has also modified seven other locations that had separate workout areas for men and women.

I tell you what, these are wacky times we live in. Curves anyone?

UFO story brings us back

Remember when things were going so well in this country that we cared about space exploration and whether or not we were alone in the universe? This UFO story in Sacramento should help you recall those memories of old.

Plus, this story is one of the few examples of the comments feature being used less annoyingly by “news” organizations. They read like a story. A real page turner…

So, please to enjoy. And, if you’re like me, you can’t help but remember that episode of The Brady Bunch where Greg plays a joke on the gang by fabricating his own UFO.