Petro/Gas prices and results of how high they are!

@caramello (4381)
Australia
June 2, 2008 4:59pm CST
It appears the cost of fuel these days is resulting in more and more "drive offs" where some are not paying. Some are even stooping to remove someones' number plate to use if they do drive off. My son had his taken and was advised to report it straight away to the police as to cover him if it was taken for this reason. Our little store sells petrol and you have to pay before they turn the pump on, is this the way to go? There is talk about putting spikes in the driveways so as to activate them if an attempted drive off is in progress. What would be a better solution other than putting the prices down of course?
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@twallace (2675)
• United States
3 Jun 08
Now you have said a mouth full driving off and not paying for gas. Now removing plates is a step to far. That is just one of many new things that are going to start going on due to the gas going up. Just like funneling gas out of one car into another car. That is something that will be going on too. Soon you will see on the new full blown fights in regards to gas.
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@caramello (4381)
• Australia
4 Jun 08
It is only a matter of time before "punch-ups" happen I guess as people become more aggressive as the costs of living get out of control. At one stage you did hear about people funnelling petrol but not heard as much now as the "drive-offs".
@The_Eagle_1 (1123)
• Australia
3 Jun 08
I take it you did mean $1.59 a litre earlier caramello, and yes, it is a rip-off!! Consider that GMH allegedly shreaded the design for a "Hydro" engine in the 80's, solely for $$$$ reasons, or we could have filled up from the nearest tap. But then with the water shortages these days one must wonder whether GMH didn't have a crystal ball!! Hahaha. But then again, nothing to laugh about really!
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@caramello (4381)
• Australia
4 Jun 08
Trust you to pick up my mistake Eagle, I can always rely on you! It's all about money now and how much can be made, bad luck for those who are struggling but does not excuse the drive-offs.
@suehan1 (4355)
• Australia
3 Jun 08
yes i heard about these spikes the other day ,although it may be a good idea,i think its a bit dramatic and possibly a bit dangerous,if you have people walking around.i think the pay before you fill is the best way to go.i am not surprised that the high cost of fuel has started this new trend in crime,as the price of fuel has gotten out of hand.cheers sue
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@caramello (4381)
• Australia
3 Jun 08
There would no doubt be things that could go wrong with these spikes but even if a sign was up so that those considering not paying could see that spikes were in force and may not consider doing it. Shoplifting has been around for many years so this is the latest trend by the looks of it.
• France
2 Jun 08
Hello. It looks that way. It is already like that in Europe. Drive in one-way, over the spikes and drive out the other. Take your helmet off if you are on a motorcycle or scooter. You do not have to activate them, they are aimed one-way, the opposite way that you drive and they go down into the ground when you drive over them the right way. As i am eco-friendly, I have made a small bio-diesel reactor for my personal use and am looking to expand this in France to a bigger reactor, co-op style. Diesel cars are more popular here, 7 or 8 out of 10. Diesel fuel here is €1.50 a liter. U can do the math. $1.5567 to 1 €. Thats all. Thanks for the conversation........
@caramello (4381)
• Australia
3 Jun 08
Hi again ecofriendly, you seem to be on the right path as to how to make life a little more easier as well as good for the environment. Things will need to get more serious if they want to stop the "drive-aways" as it is becoming more part of some peoples' lives.
• United States
2 Jun 08
Most places around where I am have gone to prepay. I think its the best solution. The spikes would be great, but you might be too slow or get someone you weren't trying to get. They can't drive off with stolen gas if you don't allow them to pump it.
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@caramello (4381)
• Australia
3 Jun 08
I think the prepay is a good idea but for those that fill up and don't know how much it would be makes it a bit harder. Knowing my luck I would get "spiked" for being to slow and that would be one of my concerns but they must have ways of this not happening or else not sure if I would take the risk! LOL
• United States
3 Jun 08
I think that these new gas prices are just rediculous cause if our wacked president was on top of his job and not so worried about his to be over life maybe the people over seas wouldnt want to make our life a living hell like bush is doing ours.
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