posted on Feb, 9 2006 @ 08:06 PM
Alright. I have tons of patience. Usually. I can stand in long lines. I can wait as someone over-explains a simple situation.
But I simply cannot, for the life of me, understand this:
When I go to fill my measly 13 gallon tank at the gas station, I always pre-pay. I don't have a credit card/debit card, so I use good ole American
cash to pay for my fuel purchase.
I head back to the car while gritting my teeth about the exorborant amount it costs to fill my tank, and start the daunting task of waiting for the
gas to sloo-ooo-oo-wly pump.
It is winter here, in case you have been living under a rock. Winter where I live is pretty dang cold. And windy.
I remember when I was young and the gas would just FLY into my tank. Now, it takes a good 7-10 minutes to fill my tank. I swear the cashier was
smirking at me! Why does it take so long to fill my tank, when I am paying more, thus getting LESS gas for my money? (I pay $20 to fill my tank 3/4 of
Now, I have a few ideas why.
1. To make you give up and just leave without finishing the fueling session. Leaves them a couple of extra cents.
2. To make you realize that the "price-gouging" really isn't due to Hurricane Katrina or George Bush's approval ratings. It's just because
they can. What are we going to do? Gripe about it?
3. More customers means drawing off of the same pump, therefor it is slow due to the added work load (this is a wild guess).
4. To make you realize how much time you actually waste filling your car, and that you could be doing other things...like getting on the highway and
starting your drive, instead of sitting in the bitter winter wind...
I would rather go with number 1, but I am pretty dang sick and tired of it. And why the hell do most of the stations remove that latch-click thingie
that you can use to keep the gas flowing without clutching the handle? How irritating is that?
I still go with reason number 1.