The Rovian Gas Station Guy  

wantinfunwithu 47M
21 posts
7/4/2006 8:49 am

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7/4/2006 10:20 pm

The Rovian Gas Station Guy

This happened a couple of weeks ago, and I would have posted it then, but I was on my way out of town and haven't gotten around to it. I pulled into the corner 7-11 / Citgo to gas up for the trip. The price on the big sign said $3.179 per gallon, but the pump charged me $3.189 per gallon, which I didn't notice until I had already started filling the tank.

So finished filling up and then pulled my car away from the pump to make room for the next people. I parked and went into the store to tell the guy that his sign price and his pump price weren't the same. (I wasn't interested in getting my money back - I only bought about eight and a half gallons, so the difference was less than a dime.)

I showed the guy my receipt and told him that the two prices were different. Honestly, I don't know what I expected him to say or do, but I was completely unprepared for what I heard: "No, they're not." The dude went Karl Rove on me. He had my receipt in front of him, and you could see the big sign from where he was standing, and despite the incontrovertible evidence that they were different, he insisted that they were the same. After four tries of me showing him that they were not the same, he agreed that I was right and entered the corrected price on the pump.

I don't get it. Why the denial? It's not like this guy was the one (probably, at least) who entered the wrong price in the first place. And even if he was, I wouldn't know that part. "Whoa, that's not good, let's fix that" would have worked just fine and cost him no dignity at all.

And, of course, the lingering question is how many times the price on the sign and the price at the pump are different but I don't notice. Note to self: Pay closer attention!

dawndirtymind 43F
370 posts
7/4/2006 11:45 am

Random! I would have walked out scratching my head. Thankfully I've never noticed a difference. Hopefully you don't run into a price discrepency again.
Now a couple of weeks ago I saw a guy try and drive off with the nozzle in his truck. I was waiting for the pump on the other side and sat dumbfounded watching this guy. He drove a bit until he realized he was dragging something (still in the Arco lot) and stopped. He tried to attached it back, but when unsuccessful, he put the nozzle on the pump and drove off. Gave me the giggles that I actually witnessed that, but can't believe the guy didn't tell anyone. I went in and told the guys.

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