January 29, 2008

World premiere: working robot at filling station

Filed under: Automobiles,Design,Dutch first by Orangemaster @ 11:04 am

Filling station owner Nico van Staveren will have a techno world premiere next week once a robot starts working at one of his filling stations in Emmeloord, Flevoland. Tankpitstop the Robot (typically Dutch with three words stuck together) will fill ‘er up without the driver having to get out of the car. Emmeloord companies Rotec Engineering and N. Van Staveren B.V. worked for three year under deep cover to come up with the tanking robot. It’s perfect for the handicapped or the less mobile and it won’t mean less jobs. On 4 February Minister Maria van der Hoeven of Economic Affairs will officially inaugurate the first Tankpitstop.

(Link: zibb.nl)

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September 21, 2007

Good vibrations to go

Filed under: Automobiles,Dutch first,Weird by Orangemaster @ 8:30 am

This week, Texaco filling station ‘Nard Thijs’ in Bakel, Noord-Brabant started selling vibrators, kinky handcuffs, condoms and other sex toys. They are probably the only filling station in the Netherlands to do so. The vibrators are discretely wrapped and come in all shapes and sizes.

“Since the price of pertrol is going up again, it’s good to be creative as an entrepreneur.” Right on, dude.

Apparently, Texaco in the US is not amused. Prudes. Selling porno mags is fine, oddly enough. And last time I checked, condoms were not sex toys.

(Link: De Telegraaf)

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