Gasp Pump

As if you weren’t in a bad enough mood paying $4+ for gas, you may find yourself needing to change the way you pay for it:

When gas station manager Roger Randolph realized it was costing him money each time someone filled up with $4-a-gallon gas, he hung a sign on his pumps: “No more credit cards.”

He may be the first in West Virginia to ban plastic, but gas station operators nationwide are reporting similar woes as higher prices translate into higher credit card fees the managers must pay, squeezing profits at the pump.

This is, of course, simultaneous with increases in gasoline thefts, which have forced more and more gas stations to require prepayment for fillups–including one town that experienced so many driveoffs that it passed an ordinance requiring all gas purchases to be pre-paid

So not only may you soon be required to prepay for your gas, but you may have to have the cash on you to do it, instead of using your credit or debit card. 

Which one of you can guess what I’m going to say next? 

The unfortunate consequence of all of this is that you may find yourself needing to be armed at the pump.  If people are desperate enough to steal gas, sometimes leading to high-speed chases and endangered lives, then they’re definitely desperate enough to rob you when you pull up to the pump with your car and then walk toward the store. 

I hope I’m wrong, but this is America, and this shit tends to happen here. 

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