Ran out of fuel while going to office or during an urgent call? Obviously, in such a state of urgency one does not give much of a thought to the attendant in the gas station who is waiting for an ideal opportunity to cheat you. Getting cheated in a petrol pump could be one experience that every rider/driver would want share rather everyone might have gone through such an experience at least once in their life and unfortunately there could be a few who get conned quite regularly. There might be those lucky alert ones and completely ignorant kinds who know to deal with such fraudulent attendants or this might be news to you. Let us get aware of these cheat’s tricks so that the next time around he will be at the receiving end…
The first common trick that the petrol attendants use is to engage you with a small talk while setting the meter to level zero in fact you might not notice if the fuel started from the zero level. For example, he might ask is you will pay on card or cash or ask you for some change and this is when you need to get all alert and make sure to see the meter ticking from zero level.
The other trick is that the attendant might not reset the meter once the previous customer who has filled just 1 litre of fuel has left and you end up getting just one litre when you actually asked for two. Distraction is the commonly used weapon by the attendants and the only solution for this is pretty simple- you need to have the presence of mind whatever be the situation you might be in a hurry but remember you have let the attendant take full advantage and he continues to be what he is, happily cheating customers like you for the rest of his life.
The queue system is a common scene in most of our petrol pumps and people just lack the patience to wait. And as a result the attendant will have a field day. The attendant might hurry you up and you might end up not looking at the meter you naturally want to ease up the queue and get moving fast. How long does it really take you to glance at the meter? It could hardly take you a second that could save you from being cheated.
Most of the times two guys try to cheat you- one guy has the fuel nozzle ready and the other guy comes from the opposite direction to keep you occupied in a talk for change, card, oil or whatsoever.
The other trick is the fuel may start flowing from zero but stops half way through to what you had actually asked for, you need to check for such stoppage too, as once the fuel gets flowing it should happen continuously until your requirement is fulfilled.
So friends, beware of such petrol pumps and attendants who are on a prowl to cheat on the customers. It is always better to go to reliable pump stations and most importantly switch off your mobiles and be all eyes and ears once you enter the fuel zone for it will save your money, fuel, and peace of mind.
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