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Author Topic: Why havenít all gas stations stopped allowing people to get gas before they pay?  (Read 6432 times)

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KT claimed a $3,000,000 loss with drive-offs last year.
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Kwik Trip is going to institute that policy as the number of drive offs have increased.
Heard about that as well, I know a lot of people who work there. Itís about time.
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Most of the stations that I frequent here in northeastern Wisconsin are still pump then pay.  A lot of people around here are still 'handshake deal' honest and upstanding.

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Itís a fair bet that a major reason KT took this long to end drive-offs was because pump then pay creates that sort of old-timey trust and respect between business and customer. Maybe itís just me, but to me, it does the opposite. It makes KT seem poorly run and unorganized. Call me a pessimist, but I simply donít have the level of trust in strangers that most Midwesterners do.
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Whether a team makes the playoffs isn't comparable to whether they are above .500. Part of making the playoffs is getting the wins when you need them to get in, which Brady/Belichick always found a way to do. That's skill. Being above .500 or below .500 is just however things shake out. That's luck.

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Most of the stations that I frequent here in northeastern Wisconsin are still pump then pay.  A lot of people around here are still 'handshake deal' honest and upstanding.

Mike
Itís a fair bet that a major reason KT took this long to end drive-offs was because pump then pay creates that sort of old-timey trust and respect between business and customer. Maybe itís just me, but to me, it does the opposite. It makes KT seem poorly run and unorganized. Call me a pessimist, but I simply donít have the level of trust in strangers that most Midwesterners do.

I think it was more because pay after pump encouraged people to come inside and add to their total bill with concessions, which gas stations make a much higher profit margin on than the gasoline. And needless to say, Kwik Trip spends a lot of marketing on their food products.
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The best heat lamp grill in the Midwest sells itself.  :sombrero:
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Most of the stations that I frequent here in northeastern Wisconsin are still pump then pay.  A lot of people around here are still 'handshake deal' honest and upstanding.

Mike
Itís a fair bet that a major reason KT took this long to end drive-offs was because pump then pay creates that sort of old-timey trust and respect between business and customer. Maybe itís just me, but to me, it does the opposite. It makes KT seem poorly run and unorganized. Call me a pessimist, but I simply donít have the level of trust in strangers that most Midwesterners do.

I think it was more because pay after pump encouraged people to come inside and add to their total bill with concessions, which gas stations make a much higher profit margin on than the gasoline. And needless to say, Kwik Trip spends a lot of marketing on their food products.

True, but that argument should apply everywhere. Pay after pumping has not really been a thing in the US outside the upper Midwest for the last 20+ years. So clearly there is some sort of regional cultural element at play here.

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Kwik Trip can quit the annoying "any gas out there" question by bored clerks who are obligated to verify every fuel purchase.
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