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Queues at petrol stations are so frustrating

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Petrol stations, or are they supermarkets these days?  There used to be a time when you filled your car with petrol in these places.  Apparently you do your weekly shopping there now.&nbps; What is it with these flaming supermarket come petrol stations?  Every time I fill up I find myself waiting in a queue of people who actually do their weekly shop in these god forsaken places.  On average I have to queue for 5 minutes at my local petrol station in Glasgow whilst cashiers pack bags, item after item, and then proceed to ask if they have had fuel, would they like a two for one deal on these cakes, it goes on and on.

I for one would welcome a petrol only queue.  Let the rest of the basket cases stand in line and process their weekly shopping when there's only one or two cashiers on shift.  Come on people, this is what supermarkets are for.  You've got CHOICE and there's usually an army of staff to make the paying bit quicker.  Don't make filling your car with petrol a pain, the price of petrol already stresses me, I don't need you to stress me more.

A petrol station shop OK picture the scene, you are visiting your local Tesco or Sainsbury Filling Station as you really need petrol and guess what?  There's a queue and it's about 10 cars long.  There you are are sitting at the back asking yourself if it's really worth all the hassle to save one penny a litre?  You have only come to this particular garage as your fuel light is on, and as it happens you are in a rush.  And guess what at the top of the queue there are a couple of brainless people in their Fiestas or People Carriers.

These morons have set their sights on one particular pump that they want to fill up at.  They don't care if there are free pumps where with a bit of careful driving they can stretch the pump over and fill from the opposite side of their filler cap.  They don't care if they block the queue.  If like me you have the balls to overtake and do a smart reversing move into the free space at the top of the forecourt rather than the back - well what do you get?  You get evil looks as if you were the one being selfish!

Whilst we're on the subject, why do petrol filling stations have to charge you for air and water these days?  Do they not make enough money on the fuel and goods that they sell inside the shop?  I remember a time when most petrol stations that had these facilities didn't charge.  Surely it can't be that expensive to run an air pump for a few minutes now and then?  It's just another way to squeeze the motorist for even more money.

By: Jools, Mickymouse45


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With oil prices at an all time low and still to fall as the world economy starts showing signs of going tits-up, isn't it time to buy that big brand new motor car you've always wanted, finance is so easy to get right now? Just think what it would be like sitting in all those motorway/road traffic jams, you could pose to your hearts content. And when you finally get home you'll be the envy of the street.
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Pedro

Pedro

"I for one would welcome a petrol only queue".

Best idea I've heard in a long while. Totally agree.
16/08/12 Pedro
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Bill

Bill

You are a bullying ressot and wouldnt know the truth if it said "Bonjour" and bit you on the bum!

Thats the unpalatable truth.
21/05/11 Bill
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MikeP

MikeP

What has happened is that as the price of fuel has gone up, pricing has become more competitive with minimal profit margin, and the petrol stations are obliged to either look for alternative revenue streams or close down. The latter is clearly a bad option, so they make money by selling other items and they make a profit.

If you have a problem with that then go and live in a communist country ... oh I forgot, there aren't really any left..... communism didn't work! So let's get back to making a profit for providing a service. That's the unpalatable truth.
21/05/11 MikeP
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I Hate Garages

I Hate Garages

Ask yourself why there are queues. It's because 75% of all petrol stations in the UK have closed down.

With the price of petrol as it is, no one "fills up" to the maximum. Result lots of little visits to the garage.

Garages have ceased to sell petrol, and provide service to cars. They sell expensive foodstuffs. Greedy for money.
21/05/11 I Hate Garages
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Mr J J Cox

Mr J J Cox

u should go to smaller grarages , support your local smaller petrol station you will pay 50 more maybe but you will deal with more human then the robots at tesco, even if it means 10min extra travling its better than queuing behind selfish geeks
31/03/11 Mr J J Cox
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Jethro

Jethro

I should'nt worry too much about queues at fuel stations in the UK, nobodies going to be able to afford the stuff soon!!!!!!
03/03/11 Jethro
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Anon

Anon

OP, try the BP garage up in Alnwick, 30 miles north of Newcastle.

Used in Top Gear by James May during the Train, Bike and Car race.

THAT is busy, I once spent, without stressing, 25 minutes waiting to use a pump before heading back to Birmingham. Twentyfive minutes. The 2 pumps either side of me and the one I was waiting at, were blocked by empty cars, the owners in the garage with shopping baskets.

I have a picture lurking about somewhere that I took. About 35+ cars queued up onto the road and on the forecourt to fill up.
25/02/11 Anon
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Rouble man

Rouble man

Petrol stations ought to have a totally separate section for dorks and dingbats to do their shopping so that people who want to buy petrol and be on their way don't have to queue in the friggin' grocery line. Asses.
24/02/11 Rouble man
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Congo

Congo

querty

No I do not have any special knowledge of the equipment. My only experience with garage equipment was when I once dealt with a case involving a compressor that had failed through lack of maintenance and injured a garage's customer. I quite accept your point about cheap domestic equipment however would imagine that the sort of gadget you have would not be at all suitable for commercial use.

As for my local garage, they offer an attended full service with free checks of oil, water, tyres and so forth so I do not have to involve myself with the tedious business of checking those items myself.

The decision to charge for air and water - or not - would be a commercial one and, based on the original griper's main complaint about queues for petrol then that particular site obviously do not have any need to offer incentives and can quite happily charge for use of the air line without the risk of alienating sufficient customers to affect their profits.
24/02/11 Congo
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qwerty

qwerty

Congo: Thanks for pointing there might be some additional costs involved (although I suspect that in most cases they require very little in the way of maintenence, thats the general impression you get when you look at the state of most of them anyway.....or perhaps you are an expert in these things?). The point I was making was in direct response to Pump Jockey's outlandish statement about air being more expensive than compressed oxgyen or nitrous oxide! Irrespective, they still dont charge for air at my local garage. And if you do get charged at yours, go and get a cheap one off ebay - I've owned one for years, lots of mates have borrowed it, its never needed replacing, it doesnt need new valves or pipes, it doesnt need safety testing..... and all for a fiver!
24/02/11 qwerty
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Derek

Derek

The ones that don't have any spacial awareness. They're too far in front, or behind, have to reverse, go forward again and they're about 3 feet away from the petrol pump so cars can't get up the middle to get out. I've seen it all. Agree with the bit about Fiesta and People carriers, morons out on a Sunday etc.
24/02/11 Derek
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Congo

Congo

'Jools'

I never buy fuel from a supermarket filling station simply because of the queues. Ghastly places.

Use a local garage (if you have one that is - most have unfortunately closed).
23/02/11 Congo
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Congo

Congo

querty

The "cost of air" is not just electricity - where do you think the funds come from to buy the compressor; pay for the installation, hoses and valves, safety testing every year and provide funds for replacement?
23/02/11 Congo
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Modern Times

Modern Times

The air machines at most petrol stations are bust. Finding ones which are not is a nightmare.

Petrol stations like modern cinemas, the latter have become huge Hot Dog and Popcorn stands. Selling cinema tickets or petrol is only a sideline. More time is spent by the assistants in cinemas serving hugely expensive junk food than selling cinema tickets.
23/02/11 Modern Times
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