Pump First, then Pay  

LetMePleaseYouu 57M
83 posts
4/9/2006 2:16 pm

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10/27/2008 11:18 am

Pump First, then Pay

Long before “Pay-at-the-Pump” machines on gas pumps, I have been pumping my gas and then paying the cashier inside. In the dodgey or seedy areas of town, every so often you would find a station that made you pay first before they would turn on the pump. I would always leave those stations and go to the ones that didn’t force you to come inside with cash (or your credit card), go back out to pump and then return to get the change.
There were always some stations (in the Southeast US, Quiktrip was one of these) that proudly displayed a sign: “Please Pump before you Pay”. These stations I would always patronize. As the “Pay-at-the-Pump” became so popular this policy became less important, though sometimes I would pay with cash and go in the store to get a Coke along with the gas.
Now imagine my surprise when Quiktrip of all folks now require customers to pre-pay for the gas. I have noticed most other stations have done this as well. And these are in the less blighted areas of town.
They explained to me that drive-offs had become such a problem, some stores losing over $3000 a week, that they decided to implement this policy change. I was told that the increase in the price of gas had steadily increased the drive-offs.
What I can’t figure is: If a person is a thief….they’re a thief. If they’re going to drive off with a thankful of gas that costs $2.59 a gallon, why wouldn’t they drive off with a tank of $1.29 gas? Is it worth stealing and risking being arrested for $40 worth of gas and not for $18? I don’t like paying over 40 bucks for a fill-up any more than the next person, but it would never occur to me that a great plan is just to drive off without paying.

bluegirl39 51F

4/9/2006 3:07 pm

seen someone drive off before...with the camera's watching lol...guess they forget to take of their plates before they got there...busted three streets away...

SuthernRedhd02 47F
23 posts
8/7/2008 8:45 pm

Wow, I'd love to be paying $2.59/gal for gas right about now! And we complained that was too much back then, lol. I paid $3.76/gal tonight. Lot more than it was on 04/09/06, when you originally blogged this.

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