[Tagging] Self serve and full serve gas stations

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Wed Jun 10 12:15:04 UTC 2015

On Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 7:47 AM, <phil at trigpoint.me.uk> wrote:

> On Tue Jun 9 13:23:05 2015 GMT+0100, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
> > 2015-06-09 13:48 GMT+02:00 Philip Barnes <phil at trigpoint.me.uk>:
> >
> > > > While I agree that fueling only is minimum service and not full
> > > > service, around here (Europe) minimum service is always cheaper than
> > > > self because there is someone who does work for you, while in self
> you
> > > > will do it and nobody has to paid for it (there might no even be any
> > > > staff at the gas station, and you'll pay in advance at a machine).
> > >
> > > In the UK your card is pre-authorised, usually to GBP99, you cannot
> > > easily prepay for an unknown amount.
> > > >
> > > The charge to your card is made after you have filled the car, with the
> > > amount of fuel you have bought.
> >
> >
> >
> > payment in advance is possible with "GCHQ-save" cash as well, no
> > compromising plastic needed ;-)
> >
> Why worry, the ANPR cameras will get you anyway.

I'd honestly be surprised if those are widely employed, because they're
damn near useless.  There's well over 200 varieties of license plates
issued in Oklahoma by the state.  Most of the tribes also have issuing
authority and often have multiple varieties of plates themselves (these can
get quite nuanced, for example, a disabled Cherokee veteran plate replaces
the tribe's seal with the coat of arms, with the flags of the Cherokee
Nation and the country (even if not US) they served for.  Not all of these
plates stick to strictly characters found on a US English keyboard, either
(some varieties of Cherokee plates also have no English on them, though the
number may have English characters).

Do they give change? Otherwise how do you know how much to prepay?

Yes, typically.
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