Please keep gas station cashiers at work- avoid paying at the pump

James Bond
2 min readOct 31

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Photo by Dawn McDonald on Unsplash

When filling your car up with petrol or diesel please avoid the pumps where you can pay at the pump. Some of them ask you for your card, and debit you with £120, and then refund you the balance after taking off how much fuel you have bought. However, that can take a few days to arrive. Some have the cheek to charge less if you use such tills.

This discriminates against those who may not have £120 in their bank accounts. It also takes a few days for the refund to come through so it can leave you short for a few days. It also does away with cashiers. Just look at Costco’s fuel stations. All their pumps have this facility only without a cashier in sight anywhere!

OK, I can understand that it’s to avoid drive-offs to stop people driving off without paying. The gas stations lose billions every year because of this. This is a crime we need to eliminate and I accept that this practice can go a long way to stop this.

This can all be avoided, however, if they encourage the practice of pre-buying your fuel. In some parts of the USA and in India you have to go to the cashier tell them how much you want to buy and pre-pay it. The cashier will then put a limit on how much you can dispense. Or if you prefer they can take the £120 and refund you if you want.

In conclusion, as I said above keep jobs safe, when filling your car up with petrol or diesel please avoid the pumps where you can pay at the pump.

Let me have your comments, please.

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