Open Letter To Mansplaining Guy At My Great Falls Gas Station
Yesterday, I'm at the gas station doing my bi-weekly fill-up. I'll admit, I have a very unique vehicle, it's a Nissan Juke. They're kind of funky goofy looking on the outside. A lot of people check out my SUV.
I'm taking the gas cap off, and I see this guy eying the Juke in the front, and I just ignored him. Like I said, it happens a lot. Then, Dude Bro comes to the back of the Juke where I'm standing watching the pump.
Mansplaining For The New Year
(The following conversation is loosely quoted)
Dude Bro: So your vehicle is pretty new.
Me: No, my rig turns 10 this year.
Dude Bro: You must take really good care of it then. Like, you must keep it in the garage
Me: Yup, my dad always told me if you take care of your car, it will take care of you.
Dude Bro: What kind of transmission is in it?
Me: I don't know. (I'm a DJ, not a freaking mechanic.)
Dude Bro: Those vehicles (pointing at the Juke) are really bad vehicles. There's always some kind of transmission problem. You're really in for it.
Me: Huh. This car is 10 years old and it's been really good to me. Looks like I beat the odds, eh?
Dude Bro: It's not like my car here (pointing at a 2000 Buick LeSabre). This is the best car you can get.
Me: (Thinking, that's a bold statement) Yeah, Buicks are good rigs.
Dude Bro: Ever get the oil changed in that? (pointing to the Juke)
Me: Are you kidding?
And then I walked away from Dude Bro.
Why Conversations Like this Should Never Happen
I'm a grown ass woman. I've been taking care of cars since I was 16 years old. My father was adamant that I knew about hiring mechanics, and always having a good one. He'd never teach my how to fix a car, but I know how to check fluids, change a tire and when to contact a mechanic to stop a problem before it becomes bigger.
It is so damn insulting that this guy thought he could come and talk to me like that just because I'm a girl that has the gall to drive a Nissan Juke, something he heard somewhere is awful. So you and your 23 year old car think you're superior to me and my 10 year old SUV because you're a GUY?
Regardless of whether or not he's right, STFU. I like my rig and I don't really give a rats patootie what you think of mine. In fact, how about we talk about your 2000 Buick, then we can talk about my 1996 Cadillac, Dude Bro.
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