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Old October 30th, 2013, 04:33 PM   #3441
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Amersham TESCO has had it for 20 years, but while the trial wasn't unsuccessful enough to ditch, it wasn't successful enough to spread across the TESCO empire.

Only in the last 7 or 8 has it become common, and even then only really the places who want it for 24h operation and don't have a little shop attached (as if there was a little shop, they would want you to go in as that's where the profits come from).
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Old October 30th, 2013, 10:30 PM   #3442
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ASDA on the other hand have automated filling stations which are unmanned.
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Old October 30th, 2013, 10:55 PM   #3443
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I've never been to an ASDA with a petrol station before.
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Old October 30th, 2013, 11:29 PM   #3444
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I've never been to an ASDA with a petrol station before.
The one nearest me in Longwell Green, Bristol, has a row of pay at pump machines and 3 rows where you pay at a booth. It is a bit odd as it is attached to an enormous supermarket where buying a pint of milk takes about 20 mins. Much better than the Tesco petrol down the road which is attached to a small shop where you have to queue with all the shoppers after waiting for someone parked at a pump while they browse for groceries.
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Old October 31st, 2013, 01:15 AM   #3445
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Do you still fill up before you actually pay? Here in the colonies, you have to pay first (either at the pump or inside). That's why it's definitely more convenient here.
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Old October 31st, 2013, 01:47 AM   #3446
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ASDA on the other hand have automated filling stations which are unmanned.
exactly the places I was thinking of when I said
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the places who want it for 24h operation and don't have a little shop attached
, having just missed the booth opening times the other week (Sunday, though the hypermarket itself was still open), and having a fuel card that requires a real human to verify the transaction. Luckily there were several petrol stations around there, so Shell got my business instead.
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Do you still fill up before you actually pay? Here in the colonies, you have to pay first (either at the pump or inside). That's why it's definitely more convenient here.
Why? Surely paying first takes no less time than paying afterwards.

Plus paying afterwards allows you to fill a tank up and then pay, rather than guessing how much fuel you would need to buy to fill the tank up, paying, then seeing if you were right. Not wanting to overfill will mean conservative estimates of how much you can fit in, and you end up visiting the petrol station more often. OK, perhaps once more a year, but that's certainly not "definitely more convenient"!
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Old October 31st, 2013, 07:56 AM   #3447
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In a lot of petrol stations they'll ask for any means of payment before filling up. After filling you have to go back in there again.
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Old October 31st, 2013, 01:55 PM   #3448
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In 21st century possibility of paying automatically at the pump should be as much of a standard as self checkouts in supermarkets.
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Old October 31st, 2013, 03:51 PM   #3449
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I literally couldn't imagine having the time in the morning to go inside and wait in line to pay. Pump & go. That's more like it.
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Old October 31st, 2013, 07:27 PM   #3450
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Pay afterwards still.
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Old October 31st, 2013, 07:29 PM   #3451
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In 21st century possibility of paying automatically at the pump should be as much of a standard as self checkouts in supermarkets.
Actually, I don't like those self-checkouts. But as long as they provide the option (some manned registers...)
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Old October 31st, 2013, 11:12 PM   #3452
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In the UK, what type of petrol/gasoline stations are present over there? Full-service or Self-service?
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Old October 31st, 2013, 11:49 PM   #3453
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In the UK, what type of petrol/gasoline stations are present over there? Full-service or Self-service?
Same stuff they got in Europe. BP, Shell, Total, Texaco, Jet etc etc and it's all selfservice.
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Why? Surely paying first takes no less time than paying afterwards.
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In the US, paying cash involves going inside, giving them enough money to cover your purchase, coming out and pumping, then going back in for your change. So basically paying before AND after, at least insofar as paying involves standing in line.... Which is why I never do it. (Except in New Jersey, where it's full-service: an attendant pumps your gas and handles the transaction at the car. Stations in New Jersey also tend to charge a few cents per gallon less for cash transaction than for cards, for some reason.)
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Same stuff they got in Europe. BP, Shell, Total, Texaco, Jet etc etc and it's all selfservice.
There is one exception, I am aware of. It is a shell's petrol station in Portsmouth run by a Polish manager, who from time to time, when has nothing better to do, walks out and helps people - mainly elders and women - to get their cars fuelled.
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There is one exception, I am aware of. It is a shell's petrol station in Portsmouth run by a Polish manager, who from time to time, when has nothing better to do, walks out and helps people - mainly elders and women - to get their cars fuelled.
That is rare I hope his customers appreciate him going out of the way to help like that and give him a tip.
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In some parts of the US, you see a sort of call button by the pumps that a disabled person or someone requiring assistance can use to get someone to come out from inside and pump their gas for them. No idea if this is a courtesy initiated by the station owners/gas companies or a legal requirement.
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He would not have taken any tips...even though he was offered quite often.

Customers were a little surprised when he started acting in that way, however, after some time he got them. They come back not only to get fuel but also to have a chat with him.
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In some parts of the US, you see a sort of call button by the pumps that a disabled person or someone requiring assistance can use to get someone to come out from inside and pump their gas for them. No idea if this is a courtesy initiated by the station owners/gas companies or a legal requirement.
Yes, that's in the UK and France as well at nearly every petrol station.
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Old November 1st, 2013, 06:23 PM   #3460
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Well, that's all right then! :-)
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