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Tinkerer
06-22-2008, 11:13 AM
Did you hear about the guy that pumped $68 worth of gas and just drove off?
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They caught him less then two block away as he ran out of GAS!!! :eek:
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Well it's not that bad.... YET.... but it's getting there. :rolleyes:

Bill Pace
06-22-2008, 11:42 AM
Then they got this stupid $75 limit on the credit cards!!!

There aint much you can fill up with $75!!

I'd maybe make it 4-5 blocks and run out!!:mad:

Carld
06-22-2008, 01:25 PM
Maybe you should move to Jeffersontown Ky. There was an article in the paper today that told how anyone could get past the gate and use any entry numbers into the keypad and get as much gas as they want.

I bet it won't be that easy monday morning if the right people read the article and visit the city garage yard tonight.

The mayor said it's probably just an oversight that so much gas can't be accounted for and who used it.

I'd guess it went out in a lot of 55 gal. barrels in the back of pickup trucks of city workers.

Quetico Bob
06-22-2008, 02:24 PM
These are circulating in my neck of the woods, wish I could get my hands on a few more.
Cheers, Bob

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn142/Queticobob/gascoupon.jpg

CCWKen
06-22-2008, 05:13 PM
Here's the coupons we use down here to buy a gallon of gas. Or dang close to it. ;) I'm kinda glad we've been short on rain this year. It's getting bad when it takes a $20 bill to fill up the lawn mower.

http://ericstoller.com/blog/images/10dollarbill.jpg

Bond
06-22-2008, 10:29 PM
Then they got this stupid $75 limit on the credit cards!!!

There aint much you can fill up with $75!!

I'd maybe make it 4-5 blocks and run out!!:mad:
Not all cards mine will go over $100.Have you called and asked for an increase

Norman Atkinson
06-23-2008, 02:57 AM
Surely, Bond, it is not what the credit card will stand but what - you or your bank manager will stand at the end of the accounting period.

It doesn't matter a bit of Chinese sh1t what currency you pay in, it'd the RED amount in the account that determines how far round the block you can drive.

Norm

bhjones
06-23-2008, 03:41 AM
I read a story a few days ago about a fella that was busted at the pump because he was taking so long to fill up. Cops claimed to have found an 800 gal. tank fab'd up and welded into the bed of his truck.

I question the tank capacity in the story (gas == +|- 6lbs per gal x 800 gals = 4800lbs. quite a load even for a 1 ton trying to blend into the crowd), but surely the M.O. would have been a fill up 60-80 gallons and drive off without paying. Hit a bunch of stations around the city, top off the big tank then go sell gas out of the truck at 2/3 price. The police were very impressed with the craftsmanship and suspected this was a professional criminal operation.

I wonder if we'll hear stories of fuel trucks being hijacked.

Swarf&Sparks
06-23-2008, 06:05 AM
Nuff said
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b387/idgara_eng/beer-fuel.jpg

oldtiffie
06-23-2008, 07:28 AM
Good idea Lin.

It's like Holy Water as evidenced by the following pic.

(For those that don't know, "4X" or "XXXX" beer is said by by Queenslanders here in OZ to be the very best - others will tell you that the "XXXX" is quite apt - but it is the name of the beer!).

We don't take ourselves too seriously here - some do of course - but more fool them!!

http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa294/oldtiffie/Funnies/XXXX-Beer1.jpg

oldtiffie
06-23-2008, 07:51 AM
We had a problem here with "drive-away" gas station robberies where people would fill their cars with gas and just drive off - in a hurry.

Security/monitor cameras were no use as thieves had previously stolen number/registration plates from other cars - the owners of which were just about as pee-ed off as the servo station owners - and the cops.

One stolen plate here was from an old tractor that was in bits!!

Servos had a plan for pre-payment during specified hours etc.

I haven't heard as much about it lately as I suspect that the Police might have "solved" it in their own way.

Norman Atkinson
06-23-2008, 07:56 AM
There cannot be too many of us who can lay claim to actually living in a Mental Institution that had and still has a ward exclusively set aside for those who drink Newcastle Brown Ale.

Actually I live in the grounds in the farm wich provided food for the inmates.
The transition between being inside and outside is only a short walk.
Yes, Matron, coming!
Norm

wierdscience
06-23-2008, 08:10 AM
Stations refusing credit cards because of transfer fees-

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/270750/

oldtiffie
06-23-2008, 09:09 AM
I have no problem with people using credit or any other type of card/s. That is something they choose to do and they are charged for it - as are those who pay cash who are in effect at least partially subsidising those who use a card. In reality the traders pass on any bank charges - as they should.

Convenience is just another commodity - like gas - that needs to be paid for. And that includes electronic banking - internet and all.

The costs associated with electronic banking are miniscule compared to the actual costs and inconvenience of the alternatives!!! It is a great convenience and great value for money.

I can recall all too vividly what it was like before electronic banking came out - and it cost heaps!!!

How/why?

Everything is paid by cash. I withdraw cash from the ATM as required and replenish as required.

My wife and I each have had just the one card since they came out - years ago - VISA.

My wife has never used hers - not even at an ATM.

I only use mine to pay for stuff on the net or for items that I have on "auto-deduct" - nothing else. I have never had to pay a bank charge for later payment or over-drawn funds. We have a cheque book - but 50 cheques would last us 3 years - easy. I pay for all of my machines by cash. There have been very few occasions where I have used the card but only by using Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) where my account is debited right there and then and the traders account is credited with the amount over-night.

I've been appalled at some people who have a fistful of cards and are struggling to squeeze money/credit/cash out of and/or between them at the check-outs. They are almost like "Tarot" cards - perhaps they are!!! Cards that "don't work" are a PITA when they hold everybody else up. The "cash only" check-outs are several times faster - at least.

Any account we get is paid within 48 hours - maximum - as both my wife and I absolutely detest owing money and/or having what is really some-one else's money in our account. We will not have anyone else taking a chance on us or "carrying" us.

Needless to say, we have no problems with getting good service and prices from the Traders we deal with.

Electronic banking and paying by cash?

Its a gas.

kendall
06-23-2008, 10:57 AM
I could never see using a credit card so much. A coworker at a previous job essentially lived on his credit cards. Could never understand his reasoning.



regarding the 800 gallon fuel tank, a few years ago there was a group of similar criminals going around. People owned a gas station, and were duplicating credit cards of their customers, then used the cards to purchase fuel at other stations in cars and trucks with huge tanks on them, then pumping the fuel back into their own underground tanks and reselling it.
It was never published (or may have missed it) how much they actually stole, but it was mentioned that they were busted after 6 or 8 months of investigation.

Ken.

bhjones
06-23-2008, 05:50 PM
Regarding credit cards.

It's very uncommon that I have even $10 cash on my person. I use credit cards for 99% of my purchases. The trick is my wife and I never carry a balance on them, they're paid off at the end of the month. Running to the ATM, writing checks, etc is all a big pain in the butt. The only thing outstanding in our household is the mortgage and a second used to buy some investment property. We're on track to pay off the primary mortgage about 12 years early and while it looks like we'll be holding onto the investment land longer than expected, we bought it right and the rate was very low.

When I was about 20 I dug myself a nice little hole with some credit cards and learned a lot about interest rates, late fees and all the wonderful ways a small amount of borrowed money can cost a LOT in the end. Thankfully my wife is absolutely firm in the rule of paying off the cards every month. She's the one that keeps me honest with the rule, I'd likely let it float from time to time if it wasn't for her.

laddy
06-23-2008, 06:50 PM
I asked for $5.00 in gas. The clerk farted and gave me a receipt! Old joke. Fred

Swarf&Sparks
06-24-2008, 07:10 AM
XXXX ?
Caaarn Mick, that's only cos banana benders can't even spell beer, let alone make it :D

Emu Bitter mate :)

oldtiffie
06-24-2008, 07:38 AM
Nope Lin - not at all.

When I first went to Brisbane (Queensland in OZ) in about 1958, the two things that really stuck me in my drunken stupour were that the bar and the urinal not only looked the same (same white wall tiles) but smelt the same - and the "pi$$" too and so I suspect that I could not tell the difference and partook copiously of both. "XXXX"!!!! (just insert your own expletives) just deserved to be branded as XXXX 'coz it sure tasted that way and gave a God-awful hang-over!!

"Bundaberg" Rum (made in Queensland too) was another matter entirely - but I "pigged-out" and paid the cost - days of it - afterward - frequently - as you do.

The only stuff worse than XXXX was "Emu". After my time in the desert no-one could tell me where those emus pi$$ed but I soon found out when I tried that "Emu" beer?? in WA. I'd have been better off dying of thirst in the desert.

SA "Coopers"Ale and stout (heavier and better than "Guinness") were great but only bettered by the real stuff we brew in Victoria "VB", "Fosters" and the like. Heaven. I tried if often - just for quality assurance purposes you understand.

You will have noticed that I deliberately did not mention the stuff in New South Wale as it was quite unmentionable and very (un??)forgettable.

Needless to say after such a hard life, it took its toll and I'm off it permanently - not a drink in over 12 years - but Jeez - I've been tempted. There's hope of a "break-out" yet!!!

And here endeth the lesson.

TGTool
06-24-2008, 12:01 PM
Well, there's the story of the art thief in France who stole a painting, but was apprehended by the gendarmes just a few blocks away when he ran out of gas. "You ran out of gas??", they asked, "What were you thinking?". The thief just shrugged and said, "I didn't have the Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh."


Sorry.

Norman Atkinson
06-24-2008, 12:54 PM
He could have escaped by Camille!

Obviously an extemely 'Impressionable' young man.

But Cezanne by a Constable is the normal method

oldtiffie
06-24-2008, 08:42 PM
Yep Norm.

I could hear the scream from here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scream

Chipslinger
06-24-2008, 08:46 PM
Tiffie, are you stuck on 3 for some reason?

Norman Atkinson
06-25-2008, 02:24 AM
Chipslinger,
Nope, Tiffie and I belong to a breed of artists and consequently, work is a four letter word.

He is a Munch-kin whilst I subscribe to the Van Gogh School of Music.

That's why we are 'ear!

Norm

oldtiffie
06-25-2008, 02:37 AM
Tiffie, are you stuck on 3 for some reason?

Nope Chipslinger - not at all.

Thanks for enquiring.

I choose to keep my "count" down and it is reduced to my liking periodically. You will see it creep up - it is above 3 now.

My "Seniority/RanK" is likewise kept down as far as I can get it.

Its a "Tiffie" thing.

All is well.

Norman Atkinson
06-25-2008, 03:01 AM
Tiff!
What gives in this 'promotion' thing? 3 marks or something?

I had 2 in a posting and somebody mentioned that if you were in the US Army, they gave that to sacks of tatties.
What a 'funny man'

'For the selfish hope of a season's fame?' Really, who does he think that we are

Norm

oldtiffie
06-25-2008, 04:48 AM
Norm,

suffice to say that "Pomp and Circumstance" (Elgar) is magnificent but in any other way is of no interest to me.

Norm, a quote you should recognise and is applicable here:


"................... the truth the Scottish peasant told that Rank is but the guinea stamp, the man himself's the gold. ..................... and equal Rights maintain.............. "

or re-put:


'_The rank is but the guinea stamp,
The man's the gowd for a that._'

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Norman Atkinson
06-25-2008, 07:02 AM
I was going back to St Paul and Ephesians in

'See that ye walk circumspectly'

Or Raleigh
'Fain would I climb yet fear I to fall'
QE1 returned his posy adding
'If thy heart fail thee,climb not all'

Somewhere in 'Showell Styles'there is something about
the fear of little men

Methinks that your present rank may have been in some disarray when you quoted '
Neither a lender or borrower be' or some such. Such courage- I did not dare tell such a truth.

Gives a nice rosy feeling to be able to say it?


Cheers

Norman