If you were on a bike, they wouldn't have hassled you. They could have at least been polite about it though. It's not universal, some attendants don't care. Now that I'm 67, not sure it's such a bad idea to keep away from fuel filling. Nasty stuff that petrol. Every bike that I've owned I have myself gotten fuel all over the tank. Mostly due to faulty nozzles or stupid tank filler designs.Ha! Felony, maybe I don't look like a local when I'm in NJ... an obvious out-of-towner in a rental car is probably fodder for getting a hard time from a gas station attendant.
Good news, Daddy Mac. Hope the parts show up soon to get my Bonnie back on the road.