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A gas rant of a different sort

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Jeremy_X, Sep 26, 2005.

  1. Jeremy_X


    Jan 29, 2002
    Hey all! How's it going? Guess where I work. A gas station. Guess what I'm sick of hearing about. Gas prices! I am so freaking tired of every other customer, driving anything from a itsy bitsy two door Honda Accord all the way up to freaky huge RV motorhome things, whinning about gas prices. What in the world do you people who do this think I can do about it? I assure you, if you do this, that I do not, in fact, have a little red phone in the back office which calls the people who set the prices. I can not use this fantasy phone to demand that they lower the prices right now because Frank Nobody in Washington doesn't like paying $90-150 to fill his brand spanking new H2 and little Suzy doesn't like paying $25 to fill her five year old Neon or whatever thing it is she just about smashed in to my pumps with.

    Another thing, when I have to go out and change the gas prices, don't scream foul things at me, I don't have a choice in this. If I could I'd lower the prices, not because I want to pay less money, I just want you to shut up! Also, if you think my pumps are in some way cheating you, realize that while you and I would round the number 12.389213 down to 11 the pump does not. It will calculate your price on the first figure and as far as I know, this is an industry standard.

    Don't get me wrong, I like my job for the most part. I've many funny stories from it. I just hate hearing about gas prices all the time, like I can do anything about it. No I don't get a discount and no I can't give you one either, and no I don't know when or if gas prices will go down. Shut up and pay or don't drive!

    If you want some funny stories, well they are funny to me anyway, ask I'll post.
  2. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Come on now, be a good utilitarian! Set the prices so low that you operate at a loss. That way everybody but you will be happy, and wouldn't that be great!?
  3. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    We'd be happy with those gas prices over here.........
  4. aren't US gas prices still cheaper than other countries?
  5. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    While I'm not one to get involved in mundane chit-chat with a person behind a counter, I'm always sure that I say thanks, smile, and look the person in the eye when handling a transaction. A lot of people are self-centered, egotistical pricks. I couldn't work as a clerk at a store because I'd drag someone across the counter.

    I, like everyone else, am upset over fuel prices, but geez, you don't need to be involved in the oil industry to know that the people behind the counter don't have any control over the prices.
  6. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    I don't blame the clerks for the prices, that would be stupid. The clerks at my local gas station always brighten my morning by saying "good morning" with a smile. I do the same to them.

  7. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    Not cheaper than in Venezuela, my father fills his Grand Blazer (120 litter) with 3 euros, yeah I wrote it right 3 EUROS!
  8. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    This has already been discussed. Its not that simple. Public transportation is often better and more easily accesible in other countries with higher gas prices, and the cars are more efficient.
  9. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    We had a nice debacle last thursday I believe

    Apparently a rumor had spread that a nearby city had gas prices rising above $4 and that our city would have them over $5 by monday.

    Over a dozen stations ran out of gas because of some BS that someone blurted over a local morning talk radio show.


    (I had filled up the day before, so I thought I was ahead of the curve either way :p )
  10. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002

    You have my sympathies man! I've thought of that a few times...man, I'd HATE to work at a gas station right now!
  11. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    The "big oil" poeple know soon they will have to compete more with alternative fuels. They can only put it off so long and have fended them off to this point. So they will blame hurricanes and price gouge and make all thier money. Where's all the oil in the middle east at anyway?
  12. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.

    Big Oil is in the business of producing energy, not just oil. Oil simply is the most efficient source of energy barring nuclear power, which is inconvenient to install in, say, a car. If "alternative" energy sources were so easy to cough up, wouldn't some greedy bazillionaire have come up with one, sold it to the masses, made a planet's worth of money at it and been hailed a hero at the same time? I know I would have. Much of the research into alternative fuels is done by the same Big Oil companies that get blamed for suppressing such technology.

    The local cheapie station where I fill up these days has a dry-erase bulletin board that the owner writes a daily breakdown of charges on, from the original gasoline price-per-gallon right on through the very last local transport fee and lists his own markup, which he needs to pay bills and -gasp- make a profit. Anyone who starts complaining gets pointed to this board. If I remember before this thread dies, I'll write down his current breakdown of charges and list them.
  13. so you're the guy that raised the gas prices!!! :mad: !!! :mad:


    sorry to hear that people harass you about it.
  14. Jeremy_X


    Jan 29, 2002
    Thanks for all the sympathy everyone. Blessedly no price hike at my station today, but who knows about tomorrow.

    On the lighter side of clerking at a gas station:

    I work at a station thirty minutes or so north of the Washington/Oregon border. For those of you who have never been to Oregon, you can't pump your own gas in that state. This is a law apparently. I can't explain it, but it makes my job fun when the kids from down there come up. Case in point, this evening, a little after nine, I had a young woman, no more than 20 come in with what she thought was quite distressing news.

    In an intense panic she rushed in to my store after trying four of our twelve pumps to let me know that my pumps had run out of gas. Why this is funny to me is on the pumps there are four stickers, large stickers, all saying "Pre-Pay after dark", the handles also have this printed on them. She had to have seen at least one of these stickers but I guess not. I tried to explain this to her but she insisted that I follow her out to her car so she could show me what she meant. I walk out to humor her, briefly toying with the idea of turning the pump on so she would spray gas everywhere, but I didn't feel like explaining that one.

    I follow her and watch her take the diesel nozzle, which is green, and put it in to her Ford Tarus, which as it happened, was also green. She then squeezes the handle again and again, becoming quite upset that nothing was happening. I am choking on my laughter at this because while she's doing this she keeps looking at the pump with its stickers and me. Finally she stops and asks, "Is it pre-pay?" I can't help it when I laugh at this.

    I explain that yes it is, and she probably doesn't want to use the nozzle she's got in her hands because that is diesel and would mess her car up. She looks slightly disappointed at this news. When I ask why, she tells me she was excited that she could get gas from a pump that matched her car. I have to walk away from her at this point because I'm about to have a fit of laughter again, and that would be rude. She follows me and we complete the transaction.

    After she finishes getting her gas, now with the right nozzle even, she comes back in and asks me for directions, not an uncommon thing; she asks for Seattle which is even less uncommon and a really easy set of directions. I give her the directions and then ask her why it is that she is headed to Seattle. She tells me she's looking at a school up there because she wants to become a doctor, then leaves my store. A noble goal to be sure, but if she can't figure out a gas transaction I shudder to think what she would do inside a human body.
  15. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    If I worked at a gas station I'd set the prices to .001 a gallon...just while I filled my car. :)

    I don't think I'd work at a gas station very long.
  16. Classic! :D

    Great story Jeremy - any others?
  17. Jeremy_X


    Jan 29, 2002
    Here's another example of what people turn in to when they go in to my gas station:

    At my station there are three types of price displays in the store. There are price stickers, you know the ones you get out of the guns; there is the big display behind the registers which has the cigarette prices ($5.54, pre-tax top brand i.e. Camel Marbs Winston) and then the little plastic numbers that slide around in the coolers.

    For the most part there are never more than three customers in the store at a given moment; two of them are in the bathroom usually. This means that one person is under the watchful, bored yes but watchful, eye of at least one clerk, sometimes as many as three. Invariably there is one customer a shift, usually driving a nicer car who comes in and acts shifty.

    When I say this picture the most exaggerated B movie villain type shuffling and glancing about. It is so painfully clear blind people would say they looked shifty. These people are not shoplifters as you might think. These people are price shifters. This is an official company term, FYI. They go to the cooler and try to catch you not looking at them then they slide the numbers around and change the price of milk or something.

    The main reason this will not work, even though my company demands that we pay the posted price, is that I will see you change the price as I'm so bored the fact that you are moving makes you interesting to me. Like a drunk with a shiny thing interesting.

    Anyway, we have this woman who comes in constantly, and always tries this stunt. She would always make a scene when I wouldn't give her a gallon of milk for nine cents. I got sick of it, so one day I took her in to the back office and replayed the digital surveillance footage of her changing the price. She claimed it wasn't her and that we were making tapes of innocent people and she was calling the cops.

    She actually did call the cops. They laughed at her.
  18. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    Good stuff!
  19. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    Off topic just got really interesting to me :D .
  20. here goes.........

    i like alcohol alright.....it's getting too expensive to huff gas....

    stole that from a political cartoon in a porno mag.