Once: misfortune. Twice: foolishness. Twenty six times: expensive.

It seems that the officers at North Wales Police were having problems with their petrol. No matter how many times they put it into their diesel engines, their cars wouldn’t run on the stuff.

So in 2006, reports Walesonline.co.uk, the force introduced a bright yellow filler cap cover marked with the word “diesel”. The flap is said to be located so that it must be moved in order to get the fuel-pump nozzle into the car.

An FOI request revealed that since the introduction of this measure, officers went on to make the same mistake 26 times. Over the last year, the cost to the taxpayer has been nearly £3000.

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