This Mobil Station Hot Dog Promotion Is Confusing

[St Michael, Minnesota, December 27. Picture thanks to Joe!]

The one for $2.39 looks richer, but the one for $1.99 seems bigger. Tough choice. Is a 44 oz drink worth $0.88 or $1.28?


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  1. 7j6cei says:

    Eating a hot dog from Mobile, PRICELESS…. ha ha ha

  2. Parting says:

    The cheapest one comes with salmonella….

  3. HalOfBorg says:

    Maybe the bigger one is s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d to make it a foot-long dog.

  4. timmus says:

    I think it’s more disappointing that somehow, somewhere, there’s a marketing or advertising professional who designed this display, and earned wages for it.

  5. chersolly says:

    No, the most expensive one does.

  6. clocker says:

    I wonder how many people ask for the $2.39 deal.
    Maybe it comes with a car wash…

  7. DaDRIZZLE says:

    my secret indulge is to eat at really dirty looking places. i have had the best food ever at questionable looking establishments

  8. DallasDMD says:

    @7j6cei: Yeah, every time I think about gas station food, hot dogs especially, I think about Apu selling years-old expired meat and hot dogs that fell on the floor.

    At least at the local hot dog place, I know the hot dogs are fresh and haven’t been sitting around for who knows how long.

  9. lalala1956 says:

    What’s more disappointing than that (and I love your posts in general Timmus) is that we won world war 2 and took over Germany but failed to import their excellent wursts and instead, eat these horrid hot dogs.

  10. snoop-blog says:

    i hot dog like that could kill the munchies. and while your at the mobile you could pick up your wraps.

  11. bsankr says:

    @snoop-blog: insert obvious comment here.

  12. DallasDMD says:

    @lalala1956: When you eat German food you eat with Hitler!

  13. kimsama says:

    @snoop-blog: What the what?

  14. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    You know, I have some pretty low standards when it comes to food (I love Taco Bell, if that’s any indication), but the one thing I won’t stoop to is eating gas-station hot dogs. Yuck. I’ll trade any of those for what’s behind curtain #1.

    Points for anyone who gets the ancient game-show reference.

  15. christoj879 says:

    While I wouldn’t eat hot dogs from a small Mobil station, I’m definitely not above eating six taquitos from a Pilot truck stop. The first two were awesome, the next two were better and the last two changed my life. All at $1/ea.

  16. MsClear says:

    I think the last time I ate a gas station hot dog is when I was in 8th grade. Super deal, I guess, but unlikely to change my mind. LOL!

  17. Sudonum says:

    Deal or No Deal……. no wait…. Let’s Make A Deal or No Deal

  18. sonichghog says:

    Im sure the dogs were fine. Looking at many stations now, they are less about gas and more about convienience store.

    We have a Hess station near us that has a Blimpie sub store inside it.

  19. mgyqmb says:

    I won’t drink anything from Starbucks, but I walk right next door to the Shell/Liquor store combo, get a cappuccino for 45 cents, and walk a minute home. I love finding obscure deals that seemingly change your routine just for their awesomeness.

  20. ChrisC1234 says:

    I don’t know.. I think you’d have to PAY ME more than any of these prices to eat a gas station hot dog.

  21. junkmail says:

    @snoop-blog: Snoop’s back on the crack, I guess.

  22. Meg Marco says:

    The above-pictured condiments are incorrect.

  23. PølάrβǽЯ says:

    @mgyqmb: JUST a cappuccino? I mean, why walk over there if you’re just going to get a product from the Shell half of the store?

  24. says:

    Is a 44 oz drink worth $0.88 or $1.28?
    Actually, more like $0.05 if I recall soda fountain syrup bag prices correctly…

  25. TechnoDestructo says:

    Anyone who is disparaging the gas-station hot dog clearly hasn’t tried them when they’ve been cooking for like 10 or 12 hours. Once they’ve started wrinkling and shrinking. MMMMmmmmmmm….

    You can get roughly the same effect with 2 hours in a toaster oven at about 180 or so.

    Also, when you’re in Armpit New Mexico, 100 miles from nowhere, at 2 am, and everything else is closed, and you’re hungry, you’re getting food at a gas station or you’re not eating. I know you city folk can’t comprehend concepts like “remoteness” or “distance.” Or “lack of options.”

  26. CSR says:

    Ok, here’s some reasons why you don’t *ever* want to eat a gas station hot dog. The person who ends up cleaning the hot dog machine, and washing the dishes, etc is usually the third shift person. The person working third shift is most often the last person hired–so they’ve got the least amount of experience.

    I used to work third shift for several years, so I was the exception to the rule. I was also unusual in that I cared if my customers got violently ill (maybe because I once got food poisoning at a McD’s). Even then, I still saw some horrors at the store.

    For one, my boss’s boss (The district manager) was afraid that some of us were taking hot dogs. So she ordered that any hot dogs that we took off the grill for being too old had to be put in a garbage bag for her to count. You can just imagine how quickly she jumped to count old, greasy hot dogs. A rather largish pile of hot dogs grew at her office door. Then she ordered to put them in the kitchen, under the sink. Yes, we certainly want to put rotting meat in a moist enviroment. I come back from my two days off and find they are still there. Then I made the mistake of opening the bag and looking in. I may never recover.

    When the manager came in that morning, I showed her the hot dogs and told her I was throwing them away, and basically said that if her boss fired me for it, I’d be going to the press. Took some photos of the mess first. Turned out that the health department came by that afternoon, so nobody was upset that I tossed out the rotting hot dogs.

    Then there was the time the chili warmer broke. This happened while I was on vacaction. Somehow, nobody noticed that it was broken. You’d think that the fact that it was *never* warm to the touch would have been a clue. Also, nobody cleaned the container while I was away.

    I come back, and one of the first things I go to do is turn off the chili warmer–because it normally took about half an hour to cool enough for me to carry to the back and empty in the trash. As I do this, I note that it is room temp. I ask the person I’m relieving if she’d turned it off, and she says no. I begin to suspect what has happened and open the container. There was a mossy mold growing on top of the chili.

    So yeah….*don’t* buy gas station hot dogs. In fact, don’t buy anything at a gas station that isn’t already prepared and sealed. And check exp dates. I once had a manager who told me to stop pulling out of date stuff because it was making more work for her to give the out of date stuff to the vendors.

  27. Comeaja says:

    Thats the kind of mad-skills at sign making you get from eating gas station hotdogs.

  28. coan_net says:

    Most likely the regular price is $2.39, but the main store sent just the 1 panel for the $1.99 price, but they did not change the panels correct and the store left the old & new one up.

  29. mgyqmb says:


    Bailey’s Irish Cream.

    But I don’t need to buy that – it’s stockpiled on my counter.

  30. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    @dwayne_dibbly: Yep, it was “Let’s Make a Deal” with Monty Hall. :0)

  31. fredmertz says:

    Ha! Some dude working at a gas station made a mistake! Ha again!

  32. DeleteThisAccount says:

    @Meg Marco: ketchup on a hotdog?? This is not from the Chicago area.

  33. Kloud says: I worked in Food Service for the better half of last year, and it cost the fast food restaurant I worked in $0.14 to fill up a 20 ounce cup.

  34. RvLeshrac says:


    It actually costs around $0.01 (in syrup) for an 8 oz. serving of Coca-Cola (I’m using regular coke as a baseline because each drink differs- Hi-C syrup costs more, for example, and the Fruit Punch isn’t the same price as the Orange Lavaburst. You also use more of some syrups than others.)

    You have to figure in other things, of course – a plastic cup can cost as much as $0.20, and CO2 prices are rising (slowly) over time (gas prices, etc). Misconfigured fountains can also use too much syrup or not enough.

    The highest cost I can figure for a small chain serving drinks from a single distributor (few restaurants serve both Pepsi and Coke products, since they get a discount if only serving one) is $0.35/20 oz. If the restaurant IS serving Pepsi+Coke, you can figure up to $0.50.

  35. dantsea says:


  36. RvLeshrac says:


    That’s a little more than a “mistake,” though!

    A “mistake” would be misplacing a decimal or putting the wrong photo with the product. Putting the exact same item side-by-side with itself at different prices is either stupidity or carelessness.

  37. Greasy Thumb Guzik says:

    If you buy only hot dogs made by Vienna Beef or Best Kosher, you will discover what a good hot dog tastes like!
    Otherwise, you’re eating garbage!

  38. betatron says:

    tangent: my girlfriend lives about a mile from Vienna Beef factory, at damen and fullerton. Their employee cafeteria is open to the public, so you can meet the man who extruded your hot dog. we go there for fresh-out-of-the-machine hot dogs regularly. They also have stuff for sale, so you can maximize your hot doggie weiner geist. BTW: the outlet is the only place i can get casing dogs (with the skin on) reliably.

  39. Rusted says:

    @DallasDMD: Hitler was Austrian. I lived there for three years. The food was awesome. Went to France for two weeks….it was awesome. Holland, awesome.

    Came back to the US of A. Big mistake.

  40. MissCellania says:

    Who needs 44 ounces of soda pop?