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Old 05-02-2011, 11:09 AM
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In OH a law was passed that if driving away w/o paying for gas, one can lose his/her license to drive. In addition one is charged with felony theft. There really aren't many stations left that allow you to pump first and then pay. A couple stations have a pump or two close to the building that if the attendant recognizes a vehicle they will turn on the pump. One particular station, though, has the old-style cashier (where a guy sits in a booth, pushes out a box that opens, you pay last and off you go).

I can't believe the cop can pull you over w/o a more accurate description of a vehicle (and that he arrived so fast). Here, the cops would take a report, and I have read police blotters of individuals leaving w/o paying, and with higher prices comes more theft. It helps that Ohio requires both a front and a back license plate, so I would imagine it easier to get caught on camera here.

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I started seeing stations that are not only pay-first, but require that you enter your billing zip code before you can use your credit card (or visa debit card, in my case.)
Stations around here do that too, but also stations outside "your area". When you swipe a card, the computer knows that "you are away from your home zip base", and asks as a precaution to deter credit card theft. I've had it happen near my home and when I'm away on vacation. I like the idea since I rarely have cash.

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Old 05-02-2011, 11:22 AM
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Around here all the pumps say please pay first. However they will pump without paying at some of the stations. Pumping and driving away around here will result in losing your license.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:35 AM
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Default Re: Got pulled over yesterday!

they say you need to hit cancle after you are done too because then anyone can come up to the pump and fill up and just leave and you get stuck with the bill.
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:19 PM
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They passed a law in BC last year, all fuel must be prepaid. Down in Vancouver area someone did a gas and go, gas station employee tried to stop the driver (stolen car) and ended up being dragged down the road and died from his injuries.
It sucked at first but now the majority of gas stations have pay-at-the-pump. There are still a few small back-country stations that will let people pump then pay, but its usually only the locals that get away with it.
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:21 PM
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Default Re: Got pulled over yesterday!

whatd he do? hold on to the spoiler and decide not to let go?
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:36 PM
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I'm not too sure, I think he reached in to grab the driver and he took off. Got hooked up underneath the car for a block or two. I think its one of those cases where the employee gets gas-n-goes deducted from his pay. There's a few restaurants here that do that as well, another thing the government is trying to stop but aren't doing such a great job with.
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:55 PM
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You used to be able to pump and then pay just about everywhere until gas got expensive and people didnt want to pay HA
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:40 PM
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Here in Ontario you pump then pay. You can pay at the pump if you want, but 90% of the people I would say pump first(upwards of 100$ in my Dad's truck) then goes into pay with cash, credit/debit, etc etc. Not too many problems around here, I don't think.
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:10 PM
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Wow, unlucky you, but lucky you had your receipt.

Gas stations here allow you to pump before you pay, and they have cameras all over to protect the 60% profit margin (lolol), if someone runs off they have the plates on the spot for sure.
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:15 PM
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60% profit margin? Most gas stations make mere pennies, if even that, on fuel sales in the United States. Do the really mark it up 60% there? It's a common misconception that owning a gas station makes you lots of money because gas costs so much. The station owners don't generally get that profit.
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Old 05-03-2011, 03:51 PM
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60% profit margin? Most gas stations make mere pennies, if even that, on fuel sales in the United States. Do the really mark it up 60% there? It's a common misconception that owning a gas station makes you lots of money because gas costs so much. The station owners don't generally get that profit.

The station owners only make money if someone purchases in store items. Oil companies are making huge profits now.....now if gas drops down to $2.00 a gallon or less then their profit pcts are "down" to 3-5% which is about right.
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Old 05-03-2011, 04:01 PM
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It's definitely not 60% profit. They have a breakdown on most pumps here with the info. The majority of it is taxes, and profit is maybe 5% if even that. I think Vancouver even has a transit tax on top of the regular tax, plus all of BC has a 'carbon' tax which is an addition .03 a litre (we're at $1.34 now). Just another way for the government to take our money.
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Old 05-03-2011, 04:29 PM
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It's definitely not 60% profit. They have a breakdown on most pumps here with the info. The majority of it is taxes, and profit is maybe 5% if even that. I think Vancouver even has a transit tax on top of the regular tax, plus all of BC has a 'carbon' tax which is an addition .03 a litre (we're at $1.34 now). Just another way for the government to take our money.
Last time gas was at 1.45$/l, our dollar was worth about 80-85 cents us.
The barrel was at 150+$.


Now our dollar is worth a little over a dollar us, the barrel is around 109$, and we pay 1.44$/l.

I threw 60% for effect, didn't care enough to calculate.
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