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  1. Nov 15, 2007 #1
    For many years now in South Jersey, gas stations have had tall signs with large numbers on them giving the price of a gallon of regular, plus, and premium gasoline. I always use regular so normally, I don't pay much attention to the second and third prices. A few months ago, I saw a sign with some small print on it explaining that the prices were for regular (paid in cash), regular (paid with credit card) and plus (paid with cash). I always pay with a credit card, so for me, the first price has become irrelevant, but unless I read the small print, I don't know that. Several stations here and there have switched over to this new system so I have one more complication in my life. Since most gas stations have not changed over to this new system, I cannot but read the sign carefully before I fill up. What's going on in your neighborhood?
     
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  3. Nov 15, 2007 #2

    Astronuc

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    I don't think that's allowed in NY, but I could be wrong. It may depend on the locality, but I haven't seen that system locally.

    I have noticed that prices have changed 'everyday' during the last week+. The price dipped yesterday, but has increased ~$0.25/yr in the last 10 days.
     
  4. Nov 15, 2007 #3

    FredGarvin

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    I love NJ gas stations. They also don't let you pump your own gas (or at least you used to not be able to).
     
  5. Nov 15, 2007 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    The same is true here in Oregon.

    I Haven't noticed any games with the prices.
     
  6. Nov 15, 2007 #5

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    Still don't, so I just LOVE when I go back to visit with WV plates now. Since the gas station attendants are always so slow, I just play stupid and pump my own anyway. By the time they show up, all they need to do is hand me the receipt. :biggrin: (I always figured it was a form of welfare to have a law not allowing people to pump their own gas...when we were kids, if you weren't doing well in school, you'd get admonished with the phrase, "You don't want to pump gas for a living when you grow up, do you?"...the implication being that pumping gas is a job for the morons who can't be employed doing anything else...though I think WalMart has tapped into that applicant pool with their greeters.)

    I didn't know they were back to charging more for credit. They did that years ago, and I thought it was either outlawed, or just turned out bad for business. If they're doing that again, I'll be careful to pay attention when visiting. Thanks for the heads-up. Another old trick they used was to add a grade. Instead of having Regular, Super, Premium (or whichever order those top two are in), they added "Economy" so everyone used to driving up and saying, "Fill 'er up regular" got the mid-grade more expensive gas.
     
  7. Nov 15, 2007 #6
    I assume that the gas station owners would rather let the customers pump their own since then they don't have to pay the attendant. I assume that's why it's cheaper to pump your own where it's legal. However, despite the fact that gas station attendents get minimum wage, they apparently have a very powerful lobby to protect them from getting fired and having to make more money elsewhere. Also, there is the fear that NJ residents are too stupid to put out their cigarettes before they start pumping. This has become such a problem in 'pump your own' states, that stations there now have to be located at least 10 feet away from any public road. It's yet another example of why people from the south want to secede. Emotions run hot in the deep south, say Cape May.
     
  8. Nov 15, 2007 #7

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    The explanation when I lived there was the residents were too stupid not to splash themselves in the eyes with gasoline. And then at some point they tried claiming it had something to do with the deleterious health effects of breathing the fumes (because it's so much worse to pump your one tank of gas once every week or so than to have someone exposed to those fumes for 8 hours a day 5 or 6 days a week :uhh:...apparently only people with high school diplomas are made ill by gasoline fumes.)
     
  9. Nov 16, 2007 #8

    FredGarvin

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    For as long as I lived in NY, I never heard the reasons why there is that law. I used to do the "play stupid" thing as well. I had a couple of guys come running out to tell me I was not supposed to do that. It ended up being kinda fun.
     
  10. Nov 16, 2007 #9

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    Even if I'm on my way somewhere where it's nice to have someone else pump the gas so I don't get any on my hands (every once in a while that happens with a dirty pump handle and it sucks if you're on the way out to dinner), I get much faster service if I get out of my car and start opening my gas cap myself. That's the part that drives me nuts is there'll be a line 6 cars long at every pump and they have one guy running pump to pump and 3 guys standing around with their thumbs up their bum. So, if you're running short on time, just get out and look like you're going to pump your own and, voila, one of those guys standing around doing nothing suddenly is motivated to get up and do his job.

    Nowadays, who knows, the old reasons for the law are probably long gone and there's probably some gas station attendant union that lobbies to keep the law so they have jobs where they can stand around brain dead all day and get paid for it.

    Though, my whole life, I've never heard of someone actually getting in trouble for pumping their own gas. I have no idea if there's any actual penalty behind that law or who would get in trouble for it (would it be the person pumping their own gas, or the gas station owner).
     
  11. Nov 16, 2007 #10

    jim mcnamara

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    Just a minute Moonbear.

    There was a greeter at the Santa Fe Walmart on Cerrillos Rd, who was the oldest salaried employee anywhere in the US -at that time, 'bout 1992. Anyway, he knew every nook and cranny of the store, and the names and families of almost everybody who walked in. No way was he from the shallow end of the gene pool. Without Walmart he would probably have died years earlier, planted in front of his TV.
     
  12. Nov 16, 2007 #11

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    Several of the greeters at my Walmart are great. They're elderly, but they are sincerely really sweet people. Walmart usually only hires the elderly or handicapped for the greeter position.

    I *wish* that I didn't always have to pump my own gas, like when it's below zero with 60 mph winds. Also, now you're not supposed to get back into your car while the pump is running so that you don't explode. :grumpy:
     
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