I was just in B.C. and pulled into a service station to be greeted by a sign that said, “Welcome to BC.”
Then in red letters, “It is the law to pre-pay 24 hours a day. Please PRE-PAY before lifting the nozzle.”
It was five years ago, that police in Alberta wanted us to pay for our gasoline before we started pumping. There were too many filling up and then taking off without paying, but our laws are still not the same as B.C.’s.
One caller says turnabout is fair play: “Gasoline companies seem to rob all of us, Bob, especially on long week-ends, or when there’s trouble on the other side of the world and then one of us robs them.”
I don’t think that’ will stand up in court.
I have no problem paying for gasoline in advance. We pay first for fast food at one window and they pump us full at the next one.
As for the people desperate enough to gas and dash, would pre-paying encourage them to bring cash, or a gun?
We also don’t follow B.C, when it comes to protective barriers for overnight cashiers.
Or is it like Joe writes, “Gas pump pay terminals are an easy hack for electronic thieves.”
Let me know what you think.