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Their Claims Of Free Gas Are All Gaslighting

, , , , | Right | February 9, 2022

I work for a gas station that is kind of in a busy section of the middle of nowhere. A lot of my customers are regulars that come in once or twice a day. A lady I’d never seen before walked in and up to my register.

Customer: “I was wondering if you could possibly do me a favor. You see, I left my wallet at home and everyone I know is at church and I really need a pack of cigarettes. Is there any possible way you could give me a pack, and I promise I’ll come back later and pay?”

Me: “I’m sorry, I cannot do that.”

Customer: “You don’t do things like that for your customers?”

Me: “No, ma’am.”

Customer: “But I’m in here all the time. I’ll come back later, I swear.”

Me: “I’m sorry.”

Customer: “This is bad business. Guess I’ll just see if I can find someone I know outside.”

She walked out and stood out near the doors asking people to buy her a pack. When I asked her to please stop, she left, but evidently, she came back and stayed out of my line of sight until she finally convinced another customer to buy her a pack. I have not seen her in the store since.

Afterward, I am telling this story to a coworker when the phone rings. She goes into the office to answer it and is back there for a while. When she comes back out, she looks exasperated.

Coworker: “What the h*** is going on today? That was some guy asking if we would fill his gas tank for free and he’d come back and pay next week when he got his paycheck. I told him that I couldn’t authorize that, and he got angry and said we’ve done it in the past. I’ve been here for two years and I’ve never heard of anyone getting free gas on credit.”

The following day, a man comes in asking for the manager by name. I don’t recognize this man.

Manager: “How can I help you today?”

Male Customer: “I called yesterday and spoke to a [Coworker]. I asked her if I could possibly get a tank of gas and pay for it next week and she refused to do it.”

Manager: “Ah… yes… I heard about your call. Sir, we are not authorized to give anyone free gas for any reason.”

Male Customer: “My bank account was hacked and I have a meeting in [County five minutes away]. You’ve done this for me before.”

Manager: “Sir, I’m sorry you’re having problems, but I cannot just give you free gas.”

Male Customer: “I know you can. I used to work here. [Store Manager] knows who I am.”

Manager: “Well, I’m not [Store Manager], I’m [Manager], and I don’t know you from a hole in the ground. I cannot help you.”

Male Customer: “Well, thanks for nothing. I guess I’ll just miss my meeting!”

Regular: “Guess I can’t ask for a free meal and $100 out of the safe until he leaves.”

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