There are lots of old sayings: "To understand a man, you've got to walk a mile in his shoes, whether they fit or not." "Judge not lest ye be judged." Before you insinuate that I am a horse or a pig, there is one more: "An elephant never forgets." I may be a lot weightier than either a horse or pig. Maybe you think that the Prius manual is inspired text. But maybe because you have never walked a mile in my shoes, you have never seen that manuals many times are made for legal denial and many laws and warnings are there with little reasoning. I have worked on some of the most sophisticated machinery in the world and I can tell you that many published caveats are only there to satisfy governmental agencies and/or to satisfy the company's legal department's paranoia and many warnings are there for the same reason. Many gas pumps say that it is illegal to smoke while refueling. They also say "Turn off engine before fueling". Many say "Cell Phone Usage Prohibited". I have seen police vehicles refueling while the police officer talks with dispatch using either a hand held walkie-talkie or the vehicle's on-board radio. Both have power outputs many times that of a cell-phone and no gasoline pump fire has ever been caused by cell phone usage. So which of the warnings should I follow? Smoking while fueling is illegal? OK. Plainly stated (and many stations even quote the legal statute paragraph number). Turn off engine before fueling? Does that really pertain to a Prius? Since the gas engine is not running and therefor there is neither exhaust fumes nor a constantly heated catalytic converter to cause a fire, I would venture to say that the Prius might be exempt from the reasoning for the "Turn Off Engine" warning posted on the pumps. Technically the engine is off. No cell phone usage? Why? The pump postings do not say that refueling while the engine on is illegal, nor does it say that cell-phone usage is illegal. And even if it did say fueling while the engine is running is illegal, would a Prius be in violation? I saw a South Park episode called "Smug Alert" about three years ago and while it was a satirical harpooning of the smugness of some Prius owners, I did not expect to find it here at this forum. Call me naive, but I assumed that "Green People" had more empathy and compassion. I was an aircraft mechanic for 35 years and I know of many plane crashes (thank God nothing I was involved with) in which the pilot or mechanic who was most directly responsible for the crash had done everything by "The Book". After the NTSB finished the investigation, "The Book" was revised. Many times in my last five years before retirement, pilots who had a problem just after take-off or just prior to approach would call our maintenance office's VHF radio and ask advice. Some asked for me by name, some by my title. Whenever I gave advice, I always preceded any instructions with, "Before following any of my instructions, make sure it does not violate anything in your pilot's flight handbook". Sometimes they would say that it didn't, so they would follow my instructions and sometimes they would say it would be a violation, but occasionally, after they landed, they would tell me that they had to say that they could not follow my instructions, but they did follow my instructions anyway. Did I know more than pilots? Of course I did when it came to how the plane worked. And the more modern the plane, the less the pilots know about it. There was a plane crash in which the computer overrode the pilot and flew the plane right into the trees. The FAA even instituted a program in which the pilots no longer write-up their problems in the log book as they see it. Instead they have to get out a manual, follow some diagrammed steps and then call in a code. And then the mechanic on the ground is supposed to look up that code and follow the diagrams to determine how to fix the problem and he must carry the photocopy of the repair/checkout procedure while working on the plane and sign off the log book with fixed as per Maintenance Manual 34-24-18 page 601-623. And then the photocopied paperwork must be thrown away, in case the next time you have that problem, an update to the manual had occurred. That would mean that a mechanic with 6 months experience is as good as one with 30 years. Do you think that is true? Yes, I made a mistake. I didn't read the part of the Prius manual about refueling. Does that give fellow forum members the right to say: plus the horse and pig references? How about acting civilly?