Here’s An Idea: Pay For Your Goods!

, , , | Right | November 27, 2018

(Our gas station has a deal with the pizza shop next door that their delivery drivers may pump their gas, then come in and pay, rather than paying at the pump or coming in to pre-pay. Sometimes drivers will wait until they have some cash tips to come in and pay, which is fine with us as long as they pay before the end of the night. About an hour before close one night, one of the delivery drivers fills up, then leaves on his delivery.)

Coworker: “Hey, what’s this gas on pump one?”

Me: That’s [Driver]. I’m sure he’ll be back to pay after he makes his delivery.”

(Fifteen minutes pass and our register starts chiming the “drive off alert” bell. This bell then proceeds to go off every five minutes after that.)

Me: *half an hour after the driver has pumped his gas* “I’m going to call [Pizza Shop] and ask if [Driver] forgot he pumped his gas… That bell is driving me nuts!

(I call the pizza shop and ask for the manager.)

Manager: “How can I help you?”

Me: “This is [My Name] at [Gas Station]. [Driver] got gas earlier and hasn’t come in to pay yet; can you send him over?”

Manager: “He’s on a delivery, but I’ll send him over as soon as he gets back. Sorry about that.”

Me: “No worries. I just want to get it cleared before closing. Thank you.”

(Another twenty minutes pass. It is now ten minutes from closing, and my coworker and I have gone from laughing about “the madness of the bells” to being actually angry at the driver for taking so long to pay. He finally stomps in.)

Driver: “HERE!” *slams money down on counter* “And I hope you’re happy that I’m going to be late getting out tonight because I had to stop what I was doing and come over here!” *stomps back outside*

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