It's a Jersey Shore institution. For those of us who live here, Wawa is a way of life. For those who visit, it's something to look forward to. But I think that there are a few rules that every Wawa-goer should observe.

Hence, I've come up with The 10 Commandments Of Wawa:


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    Ingram Publishing

    Know Your Number

    You know that receipt that you get when you're done ordering your food at the electronic kiosks? Keep it!

    It's not just for the cashiers to ring you up, it's also the one thing that matches you to your food.

    There are few things sadder than a lonely hoagie sitting on the counter while an employee calls out,


    "Number 137?"


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    Don't Crowd The Touchscreens

    Speaking of ordering food, when we're hungry there are few things worse than someone physically preventing you from getting a step closer to filling your belly.

    When you're done ordering your food - step away from the computer!

    If I'm "hangry" and someone is between me and getting my meal, it won't be pretty.

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    A cup of Wawa coffee (Chris Swendeman, Townsquare Media NJ)

    Clean Up Your Coffee Spills

    Self-service beverages are great.

    You don't have to wait for someone to get it for you. You can add as much milk, cream, sugar, or just plain black coffee as you like.

    But it can also get messy.

    We've all been there when you misjudge or get inadvertently jostled, and your coffee, milk, and/or sugar sloshes out of the cup.

    There is indeed one thing worse than spilling some of your coffee - being faced with a sticky mess from the person who spilled their coffee before you when you go to doctor up your cup of joe!

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    Tetra Images

    Don't Cash In Your Lottery Tickets During The Rush Times

    Conveniently, most Wawa locations have New Jersey Lottery machines so you can cash in your winnings.

    But before you trade in your winning ticket for a few bucks, think about when you're doing it!

    When there are 14 people who just want to pay for their breakfast and get to work, having to wait for a cashier to go through the lotto payout process may put some money in your pocket, but it'll also end up with holes getting burned into the back of your head from all the dirty looks.

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    Photo by Justin Louis

    Hold Doors For People

    Ok, so this one can apply anywhere, and it's one of those pet peeves that I come around to time and again.

    It's just common courtesy to hold the door for someone right behind you.

    But when people are in a hurry to get in and get out of Wawa so that they can get back to the office and enjoy their food, there are few things more irritating than having the door slammed in your face.

    Really, it's not that hard.

    Glance over your shoulder. Is there someone right behind you?

    Yes? Then take a fraction of a second and hold the door for them for crying out loud!

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    Know Which Side Your Gas Tank Is On

    Ok, we've covered half of our list inside of Wawa, so let's move outside.

    I think that we need to officially dub "The Gas Tank Dance".

    We've all seen it - the slow semi-circular route that cars take when they're not quite sure which side of the gas pump they should pull up on.

    And then you might get the last-ditch effort - the good old hose stretch, when the person ends up pulling up to the wrong side, but then can't be bothered to swing around.

    Here's a pro tip - see that picture to the left? See the little arrow next to the gas pump icon? It's there for a reason, and it's on every car. It tells you which side of the car your tank is on.

    You're welcome.

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    Don't Leave Your Car At The Pump

    Whoo-boy, is this one that grinds my gears, to the point that I've written whole articles about it.

    One of the most irritating things is to see an unattended vehicle taking up valuable pump space after it's long done filling up.

    Even more so during busy times.

    I know, I know, "but I just had to run in to get one thing!", some may say.

    But try saying that to the person who actually knows which side of their car the gas tank is on, and is waiting for an appropriate pump to open up, while the customer in front of them just bailed from their car at the pump rather than waiting two minutes and moving in to a parking spot.

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    Let The Attendants Do Their Job

    I've been very vocal about the fact that I wish that we could pump our own gas in New Jersey.

    But that's not what we're here to debate. We can't, it's the law, we have to deal.

    But it never fails that you'll see that guy (or girl) who thinks that the law doesn't apply to them and that they can do a better job than the person who is actually paid to do it.

    Will they get done faster? Maybe.

    Will they look like a jerk? Definitely.


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    Share The Air

    Thankfully, Wawa believes that we shouldn't have to pay for what's all around us for free - air.

    Is your tire pressure low? Do you just want to check it while you're out?

    No problem!

    Pull right up and plug the free air pump into your tires!

    But if you see someone who is obviously waiting to do the same thing, don't linger. Do what you have to do and get out of there.

    Look back at #7 above, by the way. What's worse than leaving an unattended car at a gas pump? Doing the same at the only air pump!

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    Don't Get Creative With Parking

    This is one that I see literally every single time I visit the Wawa at 37 and Hooper Avenue - people making their own parking spot in of the yellow striped area on the corners.

    I mean, honest, I don't even know how to describe my feelings on this delicately.

    It's just...I don't's kind of douchey.

    It's not something that necessarily causes problems for others, but it sends a message.

    That message?

    "I'm not like you. I can park wherever I want. I don't care what the signs or lines on the ground say. My time is more valuable than yours, and I don't have enough time to find a real parking spot and walk all the way to the front door".

    It's just one of those things that makes me roll my eyes every time I see it (and I see it a lot!).

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