Ironically, I probably would've realized this sooner if I didn't live in Oregon, but my gas tank was siphoned probably about a week ago. My "Check Engine" light had come on, which can often mean that your gas cap wasn't screwed on properly (I know, weird right? I used to work for a gas station corporate office and that was one of the little tricks I picked up.) Anyway, so about a week ago I noticed that light come on so I checked my gas cap. Sure enough, it wasn't screwed shut. There was a (what I now know was a siphoning) hose there but I didn't know that it wasn't supposed to be there BECAUSE I LIVE IN OREGON where we don't pump our own gas. Lol. If I had ever pumped gas even once in my life I would've known that there isn't supposed to be a hose sticking out of your gas tank. But I haven't, so I didn't. ;P
So today I went to get gas and the gas station attendant was like, "Um... you might want to come take a look at this... you've been siphoned." Um, what?? Lol. I was surprised, to say the least.
He couldn't pull it out - it was jammed in there good. It looked like they'd just sawed the end off and left the one end down inside my tank. He didn't have a pliers either, so he suggested I go across the street to the Les Schwab (that's a tire-repair franchise, for those of you who don't live in the Northwest) and see if they had the right tools to take it out. Sure enough, they did. They're helpful like that. (If you ever have a flat, they'll fix it for free, too. We love Les Schwab around here!) That guy wanted to know if I wanted to keep the hose as a souvenir. Tempting... but no.
So anyway, back to the gas station I went after that to actually buy the gas that I had gone there to get a half hour previous but couldn't due to the hose blocking the opening. The attendant was really curious about the hose; how long it was, if they got it out, etc. (It was about 3 1/ 2 feet long, and yes they got it out).
Long story short... I was late to school today.