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There are no attendants except in Oregon so yeah, if you hand your card to an attendant you're probably going to get ripped off.  

 

New Jersey as well..

 

But there are still full service stations outside of the two states that mandate it. 

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Ive never had anything pulled on me at a gas station here in nearly a decade now of getting fuel all over the Philippines.   Its always the same routine, "Sir zero start!" while they point to the ga

Move on mate...how do you sleep at nights..??

as I only spend about 80 cents a day on gas I really don't pay much attention, usually distracted by the pretty girl sitting behind me, or walking past me, or passing buy in a jeepney. Who has time to

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Greetings! Did that clown call me anti American? How dare he!

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as I only spend about 80 cents a day on gas I really don't pay much attention, usually distracted by the pretty girl sitting behind me, or walking past me, or passing buy in a jeepney. Who has time to both oogle the girls and monitor the pump. it's all in your priorities and mine obviously isn't monitoring a 2.50 dollar fill up

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Jeez Louise!

For those unable to sleep at night

Step 1: get a 20 litre drum to pump into and a gas hydrometer

step 2: get attendant to fill 20 litre drum to the lip and test the gas

 

Repeat step 2 another 2 times.

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Jeez Louise!

For those unable to sleep at night

Step 1: get a 20 litre drum to pump into and a gas hydrometer

step 2: get attendant to fill 20 litre drum to the lip and test the gas

 

Repeat step 2 another 2 times.

 

and then??

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Jeez Louise!

For those unable to sleep at night

Step 1: get a 20 litre drum to pump into and a gas hydrometer

step 2: get attendant to fill 20 litre drum to the lip and test the gas

Repeat step 2 another 2 times.

 

 

 

and then??

Oh yeah, fill the tank at the end of step 2

 

Step 4 sleep like a baby. Thanks Boat Dude.

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Humboldt

Before there was a gas station in our town we would just buy in those 1 liter bottles ,, 

wife would say go to this one,, Not that one as they are watering down the gas , WTF ?

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yes knowledgable folks manning the stations... i have been to 4 petron stations in cebu and talisay area each one told me i was Getting the Blaze 4 fuel when i get gas and then i found out only one petron station sells that fuel so the other 3 were doing a common thing know as blowing smoke up your A??    Or its possible even with a college education they did not know what product they were selling

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ts always the same routine, "Sir zero start!" while they point to the gas pump showing me its starting at zero. Then they ask me if I want my windshield washed or fluids checked. And then when it stops they ask, "Automatic stop sir?" And then they point to the pump and read me the price which I can see on the pump anyway.

 

I would be worried about the one that did all the "See Sir? Zero Sir, automatic stop sir"

 

I would be thinking "Ok, what's this guy upto"? or

 

" hahaha he must have got caught cheating and don't want to lose his job if the boss thinks he's cheating again....."

 

"PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS JUST MY OPINION IN A HALF HEATEDLY ATTEMPT AT HUMOR" :rose:

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yes knowledgable folks manning the stations... i have been to 4 petron stations in cebu and talisay area each one told me i was Getting the Blaze 4 fuel when i get gas and then i found out only one petron station sells that fuel so the other 3 were doing a common thing know as blowing smoke up your A??    Or its possible even with a college education they did not know what product they were selling

 

More importantly, have you been driving the Corvette???

 

Back on topic - fuel is such a small part of my budget that they could charge me double and I wouldn't be concerned.

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Although you may have unknowingly already paid for that 30 pack of beer.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=88004&page=1

Service Station Scam Uncovered
July 2
By Greg Hunter
 
 

 
 

As you get ready to hit the road for the Fourth of July holiday, you may be shocked to learn that some gas station owners may try to squeeze a few extra cents out of you.

 

But some stations are doing just that — to the tune of millions of dollars in illegal profits.

Whether you're pumping your own gas or you've pulled into the full-serve island, the last thing on your mind is likely to be that you're about to be ripped off.

Greg Steproe, an investigator for Nassau County on New York's Long Island, videotaped transactions at one station where several self-serve customers were cheated by station attendants. The attendants hit the higher-priced credit button despite the fact the motorists were paying with cash, which should have qualified them for a 7-cent-a-gallon discount.

‘Don’t Go to Those Pumps’

"They did it almost every time," Steproe said, "and nobody caught them."

Lillian Verity is one of the motorists who found out she had been taken.

 

"I feel angry," Verity said. "I feel like that's terrible. They shouldn't be able to do that."

Glenn Cohen is one of the customers whose wallet was hit the hardest. He's a cab driver who fills his car's tank every day. He said he bought gas dozens of times before he realized he'd been scammed.

 

"After a while you realize, don't go to those pumps because you knew you were getting scammed," Cohen said. "Every time a new driver would come in, he'd go over there and you knew he got scammed."

Investigators videotaped other stations running another simple scam. When customers ordered regular, the attendant would quickly punch the higher-octane pump, without the motorists realizing they were buying more expensive gas.

For consumers, the cost is a couple a dollars each fill-up. But for stations that pump thousands of gallons of gas each month, scams mean thousand of dollars in extra illegal profits.

Alert customer John Benvengo caught an attendant red-handed.

"I felt kind of violated," Benvengo said. "I said to myself, if it happens to me … and I was alert to what happens to senior citizens who drive in."

 

The Nassau County investigation uncovered one scam that's nearly impossible to detect. Some stations filled their underground premium tanks with regular gasoline. But they still charged premium prices, ripping off customers by not giving them what they paid for.

High-Tech Scam

"Our area is not that different from the rest of the country, and if it's happening here it's probably happening in other places," said Roger Bogsted, director of Nassau County's consumer affairs office, who estimates that the frauds cost Americans millions of dollars.

 

Additionally, there are some high-tech scams out there. Some gas stations are buying a $7,000 computer chip that can be placed in a pump to cheat customers. The pumps then dispense less gas than is indicated.

 

What can motorists do to avoid being ripped off?

Check your owner's manual to see how much octane your car needs. According to the American Automobile Association

, 94 percent of the cars in this country don't need fuel with higher than an 87 octane.

If you buy gas with a higher octane, you're not doing your car any favors because since 1995 all gasoline has had four additives to clean engines.

 

And make sure the price on the pump is the same as the price on the gas station's roadside sign.

And if you have issues with the quality of the gas or anything else, report the station to the proper authorities. In some states, that's the attorney general. In others it's the Department of Agriculture, or the Department of Weights and Measures.

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More importantly, have you been driving the Corvette???

 

Back on topic - fuel is such a small part of my budget that they could charge me double and I wouldn't be concerned.

no the blaze is for my lawn mower and my main complaint is selling me gas that is not good for my mower ....as to your budget why dont you every time they fill up your tank double the amount and give it as a tip to the underpaid attendent its only pennies to a high roller like yourself

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Mikala

 

 

as to your budget why dont you every time they fill up your tank double the amount and give it as a tip to the underpaid attendent its only pennies to a high roller like yourself

 

I do enjoy tipping the full service attendants 5 or 10 bucks for the joy of not having to get out of my truck!

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smokey

I do enjoy tipping the full service attendants 5 or 10 bucks for the joy of not having to get out of my truck!

now you know why your loved by all who meet you

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