How some petrol pump attendants in India try to cheat.. and how not to get cheated
After reading this article, I am sure many in India would get a deja vu.
Modus Operandi: Distract and Cheat
Thanks to the billion plus population of our country, there seems to be a waiting line for almost everything. From buying of kindergarten admission forms for your kids to mundane activities like filing fuel in your bike, its guaranteed that in India you’ll have to queue up for it.
Some petrol pump attendants sometime try to take advantage of this queue and try to cheat you in 3 simple steps,
(Photo used for illustration purpose only)
Step 1: If the guy before you has filled up 1 liter of fuel and say you want to fill 2 liters, the petrol pump attendant sometime don’t reset the meter to zero reading
Step 2: They’ll ask for the quantity that you want and then try to distract you
Step 3: And if they are successful in distracting you even for the slightest moment, they will start to fill fuel in your vehicle without setting the reading to zero
So you end up paying more for less.
Techniques used to distract your attention:
Technique 1: There are two attendants. One armed with the nozzle to fill the fuel and the other ready to distract you, with questions like (posted below)
Technique 2: The attendant tries to cover the meter with his body and then distract you, with questions like (posted below)
Technique 3: Sometimes the meter is initially started from zero but it is suddenly stopped in between (say at the Rs. 50 mark when you had actually asked for Rs.150 worth fuel).
On asking, the attendant will then say that he heard you incorrectly and would fill the rest of the amount. He will try not reset the meter back to zero and then try to distract you, with questions like (posted below). Once distracted, he'll continue 'without resetting' till the 100 rupee mark. So it would seem to you that a total of Rs. 150 (50 +100) fuel has been put in, but in reality you get only Rs. 100 worth of fuel.
[Note: Technique 3 seems to be a very common fraud practice, read a similar article on this blog]
Questions meant to distract (collection of a few that I have come across so far):
>> "How would you like to pay? Cash or card?",
>> "Have you got change?"
>> "Hundred? How many hundreds (in case you ask fuel worth a hundred rupees,)"?
>> "Shall I make it Rs. 110 instead of Rs. 100?"
How NOT to get cheated:
1. If you develop doubt over a particular petrol pump, then AVOID that particular petrol pump in the future like the plague. I have also seen that there are petrol pumps which do not indulge in such activities. Identify such pumps and try to fill from these pumps only
2. In any case, don’t believe the attendants and NEVER EVER TAKE YOUR EYES FROM THE METER. Get it set to zero and do not take your eyes off till the last drop comes out of the nozzle
3. If an attendant tries to be chatty, DON'T LISTEN to him. Tell him (without taking your eyes off the meter) to set the meter to zero, ask him to fill, do not take your eyes off the meter till the last drop and after that proceed to make payment.
Golden Rule: Never take your eyes off the meter
Phew.. in India it takes more than good riding skills to make a better rider.
By the way, I am sure that you must also have experienced similar attempts to cheat. Do you have any special experience to share?
Could you also remember any other type of distracting questions?
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