The following example involves flammable and possibly explosive substances, the kind of thing that happens to me only every other week, if that:
I happened to buy a portable gasoline container at K-Mart, what I thought was called a 'jerry can', but apparently they have never heard of that word at the gas station.
It's a 1-gallon, 'Model 1200 spill-proof system' (EPA#9MDC2P2AABM1) by 'Midwest Can'.
Incredibly, it is not made in China but in the USA.
Many Chinese-made products I bought at K-mart have failed during their first use, including two tire pumps.
At the gas station, I filled the can with almost 1 gallon of regular gasoline
Then I put on the black cap
In the immortal words of Jack Slater, Big Mistake!
The black cap can be screwed on, but it can't be screwed off.
It still felt a bit loose.
The fuel leaked out if the can was tilted even slightly!
Thinking that it wasn't tight enough, I tried to fiddle with the 'child proof' cap, and then there came a cracking sound as a hole appeared in the plastic cap from a breakaway component.
There was STILL no way to tighten or remove the black cap.
One other piece came with the can, a kind of horrible spring-loaded spout thingy.
There was no way to attach the spout to the can with the irremovable cap in place (and probably not otherwise either).
It was physically impossible to seal this huge hole!
Of course K-Mart had already closed by then.
Fortunately I had duct tape to seal the can, but the gasoline loosened the tape.
If the can had fallen over, at least half a gallon of gasoline would have spilled out.
I had to drive home very slowly.
Even if it were somehow possible to remove the black cap (it isn't), the sliding spout is a new mystery
There seems to be no way to use it to refuel a lawnmower, the original purpose of this whole bizarre exercise.
A strong smell of gasoline still pervades the air.
This kind of stupid odyssey happens with the sad regularity of a bad sitcom.
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