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  • Filled my tank and not said a word.

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  • Told the owner about the obvious glitch.

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  • Something else.

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    What would you have done?

    Read the article and make your choice.

    Gas station fluke results in $1.10 pump price - CBS News


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    Re: What would you have done?

    I probably would've filled up without saying anything, unfortunately. I don't think that's the moral thing to do, though. That poor guy lost over $20,000 in just 3 hours.


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    Re: What would you have done?

    Been in similar situations. I don't have the ability to take advantage. I always report errors in my favor.
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    Re: What would you have done?

    I'd have probably filled my tank at the cheap price then told the guy afterward.
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    Re: What would you have done?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    Read the article and make your choice.

    Gas station fluke results in $1.10 pump price - CBS News
    Tom didn't miss a beat -- he'd have pumped it and probably wouldn't say anything. Rut Roh.

    I think I'd be a good little girl and tell the guy. $20,000. That's really sad.
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    Re: What would you have done?

    Guy's a local businessman. This hurt him. If it had been a corporate chain, I wouldn't have batted an eyelash.

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    Re: What would you have done?

    My husband would have filled his tank and all the gas containers he owned without a word, and justified his behavior because "big oil makes record profits off our backs."

    I, on the other hand, would never have been able to do that, since "big oil" wouldn't lose a penny and the poor sod who owned the gas station is just trying to support his family. I'm a sap when it comes to moral dilemmas. I just can't keep that extra change from a $20 instead of the $10 I handed over. I'd really be so disgusted with myself that I wouldn't be able to sleep.

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    Re: What would you have done?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    Guy's a local businessman. This hurt him. If it had been a corporate chain, I wouldn't have batted an eyelash.
    Frequently, the businesses will hold the clerks responsible in such cases, so it is still hurting the local small person.
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    Re: What would you have done?

    I would have told him. Blame it on my mother.

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    Re: What would you have done?

    I'm afraid I don't know what I would do. My best guess would be that, since I stumble through life so alternately awestruck and dumbfounded most of the time, I wouldn't have even noticed. Had I heard about this by word of mouth (as indicated in the article), I wouldn't have gone to fill up my tank without a better reason than saving a few bucks.

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