NEW BEDFORD (CBS) – The delivery man for Guard Oil pumped the 27 gallons of home heating oil into a home Tuesday.
The only problem was, the home uses natural gas and the fill pipe was disconnected and the oil tank removed years ago.
Okay, I'm a little confused. I would think - HOPE - that when they remove the service that they would render the oil fill unusable somehow, but as this story shows that is not the case. I've talked to folks that have had oil tanks leak in their basement, and apparently it is a legal nightmare to remove the oil - basically, anything that the oil touches has to be disposed of as a hazardous material.
Now, 27 gallons makes me wonder if the delivery guy realized that he'd screwed up. Our tank is 275 gallons, and for him to have put only ~ 10% in before stopping makes me think he realized that something wasn't right. 27 gallons is still quite a bit of oil to have loose in a basement, though, and it's going to take a fair bit of remediation to make it right. I just hope that wasn't a finished basement...
I just wonder what happened when he called in the delivery to the home office. I can't imagine the look on the dispatcher's face when they realized that this guy was making a delivery to an address that no longer had oil heat. I wonder if that poor SOB still has a job - and if he does, just how much ribbing he's going to take.
It just goes to show that no matter how well prepared you think you are, Senor Murphy shows up at the damnedest times...
That is all.