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Re: Coin operated petrol pumps

Postby malcymal » Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:06 am

badpenny wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:20 pm
I've never understood the petrolelole'oleum industry. We pay so much in the UK for it, but have you noticed how it doesn't matter where they open a new filling station they always strike petrol? So much of it at times you sometimes see road tankers pulling in to carry it away.
Rip off UK!

What makes my blood boil is that petrol stations (in particular Esso) can raise their prices one day by about 6p a litre, the next it goes down by 6p. It's almost as if somebody makes it up on the day, hits a random pence generator and changes the price. The idea of paying before you get your fuel is common in the states too; I've also had this at Asda. I've seen many a bilking too; other day dubious travelling fraternity flatbed with horse racing trap in back fills up with 60 quid of diesel and just brazenly drove off in broad daylight. I guess these machines of old where you had to pay up front were a good idea.

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Re: Coin operated petrol pumps

Postby coppinpr » Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:04 pm

malcymal wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:06 am
in particular Esso
Standard oil always were the biggest crooks in the oil industry. Back when 99% of their product was lamp oil their policy was to dump the unwanted petroleum (which was a by-product of the lamp oil) directly into rivers in the USA. They actually got an award from the government for "disposing of their waste responsibly", but then the US president was in the big three's pocket at the time.

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Re: Coin operated petrol pumps

Postby pennymachines » Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:16 pm

Video of coin-operated self-service pump, UK

From the Advertiser, Adelaide, 31/03/53:
Penny-In-Slot' Petrol Pumps Spread To US
From Our Special Representative NEW YORK. March 30.
Self-service petrol stations are trying to break into America's billion dollar a year 'penny-in-the-slot' boom.
Last year, US car drivers helped themselves to 300m. gallons of petrol without one fire or accident.
The US version of the self service petrol station is not as completely automatic as the one proposed by Victoria's 'two bob in the pump' inventor. The motorist fills his own tank, but a cashier collects his money.
The petrol company that installed the first ones in 1946 says their cost is only half the outlay per pump for a conventional service station, a motorist gets away from the pump in two to three minutes compared with five to eight minutes when a serviceman has to do the job, staff is cut by two thirds, and cost is about 5d. a gallon cheaper.
So far there are less than 400 self-servers in the whole of the US — and 90 p.c. of those are in California.
Insurance Risk
Half of the States and most of the big cities, including New York, have banned them for the same reason as Victoria — the risk of fire. But insurance companies, which initially charged 50 p.c. higher rates on them, last year reduced them to the normal service station level. They said the risk appeared to be the same for both.
In San Diego, where 40 self-serve stations have been operating for five years, the fire chief found they may even be safer than conventional stations. Motorists are much more careful than garage attendants about the amount of petrol that spills over their tank.
When the legal difficulties are cleared up, the slotmachine makers are ready to get going with automatic pumps.
But they are only small change in the slot machine business. Last year, Americans poured £558m. into the 'silent salesmen' for 19 billion items — everything from
bubble gum and hot coffee to nylon stockings and life insurance.

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Re: Coin operated petrol pumps

Postby coppinpr » Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:05 pm

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now this does not look safe
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Re: Coin operated petrol pumps

Postby john t peterson » Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:29 pm

"Cox's Gas Trailer." Ah, the good old days when you didn't have to try and hide your explosive device. !OMFG!

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Re: Coin operated petrol pumps

Postby badpenny » Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:20 pm

I like your President …. I like everyone who makes me look competent.

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