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edible_hat
10-11-2008, 08:44 AM
My coworker was meant to change the petrol price. Instead of changing it to $1.55 a liter, he made it 15.5 cents. By the time he realised it the store had lost around $300.

He's offered to work for free on his days off for the next few months.

IEatCustomers4Breakfast
10-11-2008, 09:46 AM
LoL! That's terrible!

There should be something that blocks the computers when someone accidentally puts in a price that couldn't POSSIBLY be correct.

...but I wish I was in your neighborhood during this boo-boo!

Evil Queen
10-11-2008, 01:34 PM
Holy Crap! :eek: I understand that mistakes can be made, but there's no way people could have believed that price!

edible_hat
10-12-2008, 08:01 AM
Holy Crap! :eek: I understand that mistakes can be made, but there's no way people could have believed that price!

He only realised it when a customer said "I was sure it would take more than $10".

yeah, it actually took around 10 times that!

Evil Queen
10-12-2008, 01:22 PM
*feels sick*

Wow.... Just wow....

simplyanother
10-12-2008, 03:57 PM
Theres a story like that in the news every couple of weeks.

Most recent, I can't recall if it was local or national (US, that is)--the person in charge of changing the price screwed up--and the station was out $3,000 US. The owner said she was glad she'd made people happier, but wished people had told the station instead of calling their friends to get the deal.

That said, gas has gone down under $3.00 US a gallon (at a few stations around here), it's absolutely surreal.

Evil Queen
10-12-2008, 04:08 PM
2.91 on my way to work this morning.

Should we be afraid?

Becks
10-12-2008, 05:04 PM
Ah, the dishonesty of the public.

Lil Bunny
10-12-2008, 05:08 PM
2.78 here and happiness abounds.

I never got that whole thing of calling your friends and not letting the station know. While I dig a great deal, there's just too much bad karma attached to that one.

IEatCustomers4Breakfast
10-12-2008, 08:52 PM
It's still around $3.40 here, but I live in southern California.

$3.40 is still an amazing price.

BethB
10-12-2008, 10:28 PM
Gas prices are still around 3.70 here(as of last night). surprising since we usually have the lower gas prices in the nation.

BookstoreEscapee
10-13-2008, 02:35 AM
I paid $2.97 the other day. I filled my tank (well, a little over 3/4)for just over 30 bucks!

Chazzie
10-13-2008, 05:10 AM
Cheapest I've seen lately is 3.49 or so, and we're EXCITED because that dropped from our highest, which was around 4.30.

Fenrus
10-13-2008, 05:46 AM
Cheapest I've seen near me was $3.29 US, and I was frikkin ecstatic that it was less than 50 to fill my tank. (actually ended up less than 40 bucks... I was very very happy)

SG15Z
10-13-2008, 06:09 AM
Cheapest I've seen is 2.83!! :D I love it out here! Though we did screw up our fuel prices once. accidentally did 2.39 instead of 3.39. Let's just say the manager who did the price change that day was running back out there to fix it! And boy was he running.

greek_jester
10-13-2008, 08:57 AM
Think about us Brits when complaining about fuel prices. Our current prices where I live are averaging at 1.08 a litre, which is 4.09 a gallon, which works out at $7.01 a gallon, according to Reuter's currency converter. I would love to pay US prices. I'm paying approx. 100 ($172) a month to get to & from work, with maybe 3 short personal trips a month :cry:

Munkie
10-13-2008, 11:24 PM
my roommate and I pay between $80 and $120CDN for gas every two to three weeks. Depending on how much driving we have to do, anyway. He owns a fairly efficient Saturn. Anyway... gas is at a dollar and six cents-point-four per litre. Works out to roughly $44CDN per tank. A tank of gas gets us to and from work for 5 days before needing refuelling.

TheSnakeLady
10-14-2008, 03:44 AM
Gas prices drop just in time for the election... hmmmm...

Saydrah
10-14-2008, 10:34 PM
Gas prices drop just in time for the election... hmmmm...

Reading my mind, Snake.

Iris Kojiro
10-15-2008, 12:04 AM
Think about us Brits when complaining about fuel prices.

Isn't that the truth. Every time I see a high gas price around here, I groan, but then I always think; "This sucks, but it's way worse on the other side of the pond". No wonder public transportation is so big over there (and I wish we had a good system around here).

Pezzle
10-15-2008, 01:55 AM
2.69 here O_O I'm vacationing in central KY

Muses_nightmare
10-16-2008, 01:57 AM
The at the station I used to work at the computer would give an extra prompt of "are you sure this is the right price" (paraphrasing of course :P) when the price went over or under a certain amount, though I can't remember what that amount was to save my life.

Broomjockey
10-16-2008, 07:39 AM
"This sucks, but it's way worse on the other side of the pond". No wonder public transportation is so big over there (and I wish we had a good system around here).

Keep in mind though that there are some European countries that can fit inside a medium-sized state with room to spare.

CorDarei
10-16-2008, 09:02 PM
it upsets me that people are thinking under 3$ is cheap. It's not cheap, it's cheapER. cheap is under 2$ a gallon ;)

nomorecarts
10-17-2008, 12:20 AM
it's $3.79 where i live, $3.09 where i'm vacationing(50 miles south of Chicago)

edible_hat
10-17-2008, 10:22 AM
it upsets me that people are thinking under 3$ is cheap. It's not cheap

Yes it is, the current Australian prices equate to US$3.89 per gallon.

jerkface11
10-17-2008, 02:19 PM
I'm the only person at work who never complained about gas prices. Of course my car gets 30+mpg and only has a 10 gallon tank. So even with gas at it's highest I could go all week on $30 worth of gas.

Carolaaine
10-26-2008, 07:02 PM
Here in Belgium (small European country, capital= Brussels)

1.04 euros for 1 litre (at my local gasstation)

1 gallon = 3.79 litres

1.045= $1.31 (US)


so $4,96/gallon, is that a lot or not?

mscrybaby
11-06-2008, 10:13 PM
it upsets me that people are thinking under 3$ is cheap. It's not cheap, it's cheapER. cheap is under 2$ a gallon ;)


It is between $1.85 and $2.15 here in central Texas but then again the election is over so I figure it will explode higher soon.

JustADude
11-07-2008, 05:47 AM
It is between $1.85 and $2.15 here in central Texas but then again the election is over so I figure it will explode higher soon.

It's between $1.76 and $1.89 here. :devil:

Aramika
11-07-2008, 09:47 PM
$1.99 -$2.05 here in Virginia...well, at least Richmond. I am so happy! :D

wolfie
11-08-2008, 07:42 PM
My coworker was meant to change the petrol price. Instead of changing it to $1.55 a liter, he made it 15.5 cents. By the time he realised it the store had lost around $300.

He's offered to work for free on his days off for the next few months.

Could have been worse - imagine if he had done that with the price of diesel at a truck stop (18 wheelers typically have a pair of tanks holding over 100 gallons/400 litres each, and the pumps deliver around 60 gallons per minute).

I once ran into a situation where the decimal point was shifted the other way, and they had a lot of trouble sorting things out because I hadn't noticed until I started pumping. Of course, the big sign had a fixed decimal point, so unless you looked at the pump itself everything looked normal.

tare1991
11-10-2008, 06:28 AM
haha man im so happy with the gas. it's around $2.30 in bellevue washington

JustADude
11-11-2008, 09:49 AM
haha man im so happy with the gas. it's around $2.30 in bellevue washington

$1.79/gal here now. :p

Yeah, I'm a stinker, aren't I? :devil: