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What I know - Jenny Slous

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Jenny Slous (57) is the forecourt manager at Sion Garage, where she has worked for 21 years

Jenny Slous (57) is the forecourt manager at Sion Garage, where she has worked for 21 years
  • I love my job. You spend most of your life at work so you need to be able to enjoy it. We’re like a little family up here at the garage – we all get on well and my boss, Stacy, makes me laugh. I’ve been here so long that I know a lot of people. I know who I can be cheeky to – in a nice way – and we have a real laugh.
  • Not all drivers want to chat. They might not answer when you say ‘hello’ – it depends on what type of day they’re having. I’m always in a good mood – I’m a positive person… as long as I’ve had my three coffees in the morning.
  • Some people want to pump the fuel themselves, which is fine. I’ll still go out and have a chat with them. Not all garages have forecourt attendants and we find that some people come to this garage deliberately because they want their petrol pumped or for us to check their oil or their tyres.
  • I’ve always liked cars. I love Subarus. My current one is an Impreza Estate – not the sporty one, sadly.
  • My dad had a taxi firm and I remember when I was young and my father was cleaning the engine bay of one of his cars he got a crate for me to stand on so I could reach in to help him. That’s what started my interest in the motor trade.
  • I worked for myself as a mobile car valeter for a few years – I had a van with everything kitted out. There were not too many about at the time, but there are loads these days. Cars seemed to get bigger and bigger. I had to use a ladder to reach the roof sometimes.
  • I was 25 when I got my first motorbike. My favourite bike was my Yamaha Phaser. I haven’t ridden one for six years because I had an accident when I hit a car head on. It affected my shoulder and I haven’t got the strength any more. My dad was relieved that I had to give up the bikes.
  • I like speed but I’m a sensible driver. I only go fast when I’m playing driving games on my iPad or PlayStation 4.
  • We once had a Ford Fiesta pull in with a wheelie bin attached to the car. He’d accidentally hooked it to the back of the car that morning. I couldn’t stop laughing.
  • I feel lucky to have been born in such a beautiful island. I’ve never lived anywhere else – why would I want to?
  • My mum would say to me, ‘always keep a roof over your head, no matter what’, and I’ve stuck by that, even if it means going without in other areas. Luckily there’s a roof on the forecourt, too.
  • Some of the young drivers you see don’t look old enough to be on the road. We always make sure to give them advice. One asked me recently to check his tyres and they were inflated to nearly double the recommended amount – he said his mate had done them for him. I let some of the air out and sent him on his way.
  • My mother was very loving. I’m the middle one of three sisters and we find that since we’ve lost Mum we’ve become even closer. You have to pull together, and we all look after our dad and make sure he’s all right.
  • My allotment in Grouville is great – it’s a double plot and I’ve had it for 27 years. I love it up there. It’s where I spend a lot of my spare time, especially in the summer. I do vegetables and flowers and we’ve made a garden area with somewhere to sit. My mum would come up and I’d always give her the easier jobs.
  • I love the breakwater at St Catherine’s, where I go fishing. My biggest catch was a huge conger eel. The smell isn’t too bad when you cook it – but I can’t stand conger soup. Once is enough...
  • I’m an early riser. I get up at 5.30 am every day and I’m in work just after 6 am most days. I like it when the day is breaking and the birds are tweeting. A lie-in for me never lasts beyond 9 am.
  • My catchphrase is ‘mamma mia’, which drives everyone mad here. I say it instead of swearing. I love ABBA.
  • I’m a stickler for safety. I get annoyed when people don’t follow the rules on the forecourt. I once had somebody who jumped out of the passenger seat and lit a cigarette.
  • My biggest dream would be to have a little house or a cottage with a big garden. It’s my fault that I don’t – I blew too much money on cars and motorbikes when I was younger.
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