Is this a coincidence or what?
We recently finished a week long trip to visit relatives in NE Iowa.
On Tuesday August 17th, we pulled into the Flying J in Gretna, Nebraska. A McClane's food delivery semi was backed up to the front of the station totally blocking the exit from the RV Island. We could get in, but would be unable to continue on and exit. We let him defeat us and went to the truck Islands.
Exactly one week later on Tuesday August 24th. We stopped at the Flying J in North Platte, Nebraska at roughly the same time of day. De ja vue!!
, what seemed to be the same truck and same driver was parked in the same spot at this Flying J. He was accomplishing the same effective blocking. The station was laid out exactly like the first.
This time we decided that if we were going to break this string of bad McClane Karma, we had to address it straight on. So we pulled in anyway, hoping he would finish and leave. When we finished, he was still messing around and didn't show any inclination to leave, so we backed out. This was secretly satisifying as it allowed us to disrupt the flow in and out of the auto islands.
The thing that annoyed me the most, was that, in both instances, he could have parked on the other side of the lot divider and been about the same distance from the door. He would have only blocked one of the many truck Islands which in both instances were only ~25% in use.
That combined with the other Flying J on the trip ( I don't remember the location) where the pumps on the RV Island were all out of order (we didn't discover that until we were in position to fuel, because the only notice was a small note on each pump) makes me wonder about their interest in the RV business.