Anybody else got dingle berries?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by soberups, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    We call these "dingle berries".

    They are a short piece of chain attached to the inside of the gas cap on a package car, with a wire attached to the other end of the chain. The wire is longer than the inside diameter of the fuel tank opening, so in theory it is supposed to keep the gas cap hanging from the fuel filler opening instead of being set on the ground or on top of the fuel pump and then accidentally left behind.

    Problem is...they dont work worth a sh%t. If you try letting the gas cap hang there while you refuel, it will wind up falling on the ground and getting dirty. And the dingleberry makes it a real pain in the ass to thread the cap back on after it has fallen out, because you have to try and push the chain and the piece of wire far enough down the opening so that it doesnt bunch up and get in the way of the threads on the gas cap. Its basically like a 90 yr old man trying to have sex without Viagra.

    Every time the mechanics do a PMI, they replace the old gas cap with a new one that has a dingleberry. And every driver who winds up with a dingle berry on his gas cap winds up cutting the damn thing off. If you look around our fuel pumps, you can see dingleberries scattered around on the ground, in the trash, on top of the fuel pumps, or lying there on the concrete fuel island. I counted 5 of them just today.

    Are we alone here in Oregon, or are there dingleberries scattered around the fuel pumps at every UPS facility?

  2. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    I remember once the dingleberry on my gas cap did accidentally come off near the fuel pumps. They seem to have some mechanical defect that makes this happen. Personally, I don't need the dingleberry. I actually know to put the fuel cap back on after fueling.
  3. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    We have those here as well. Most of the time they stay in the filler tube but every once in a while they come out. Ours have a longer piece of metal than the ones in your picture which tends to help keep them in place but when they do come out we have to put the piece of metal in first and then make sure that the chain does not interfere with the threads when securing the fuel cap.

    Must have been a slow day in Oregon yesterday.
  4. rod

    rod retired and happy

    dingle berries mean different things to different people----I hope there isn't a picture of what we call dingle berries posted on here.
  5. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Obscured by Mirrors Staff Member

    I've seen quite few dingle-berries in the Corporate office.
  6. gman042

    gman042 Been around the block a few times

    When I was 10 I was playing in the park with my brother and sister. This weird old man came up to me and asked, "You know what your dingleberries are, BOY?" I thought he was just some perv but now I know what he was really talking about.
    Now I know what he was referring to. Thanks, Sober, for clueing me in.
  7. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    When I first got my new truck the gas cap was the tethered from the outside of the cap to the side of the gas tank. That lasted about a month. Now the tether just swings on the side of the truck.
  8. Inthegame

    Inthegame Well-Known Member

    Was that park on Upstates route?
  9. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    I used to call my daughter when she was young my little dingel berry. Then my wife figured it out and put a stop to it.
  10. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I'm sorry, who are you? I only concern myself with the major players on this forum.
  11. JonFrum

    JonFrum Member

    A mechanic told me years ago that UPS stopped using gas cap tethers because if the heavy cap was dangling while the vehicle was traveling, the cap might eventually break free and hit another vehicle or person.
  12. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member


    I don't think you know who Upstate is.

    (or who he thinks he is)
  13. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I'll put this in Vegas-terms:

    There is a 1,000 post minimum before Upstate will interact with you.
  14. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    That's not only discrimination but it's profiling as well.
  15. Inthegame

    Inthegame Well-Known Member

    Sorry captain, seems that I hit a nerve and apparently went over your line. I'm no one, I just stop by occasionally to see what's up. If in your thin skinned world I don't qualify as a "major player" why are you responding to me? And to think I used to enjoy your posts... Thanks for the de-rep, you made my day.
  16. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    740 left Inthegame, keep posting!
  17. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I prefer to think of it as separating the chaff from the wheat.
  18. Mr Shifter

    Mr Shifter Active Member

    Yea those Dingleberries are a big mess. I just wish they were a bit longer.
  19. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    I was in a hurry this morning. I might have a few.
  20. whiskers

    whiskers Member

    Those small chains are not that difficult to get back into the filler tube. Turn the cap upside down and coil the chain around the inside of the cap then put the cap on.