Exposing the scammers that flee petrol stations without paying for fuel

702 host Azania Mosaka received an email from a listener who raises a concern over the increasing trend of motorists who flee petrol stations without footing their bill. This places the jobs of petrol attendants at risk because they become liable for the payment.

Other motorists are found to lie about the amount of fuel they requested or fill up, knowing they don't have the full amount for payment, she writes.

In her email, Carolyn Allan, says this issue came into her attention one morning when she was met with a distressed petrol attendant, who indicated that a motorist, drove off without paying.

Allan proposes motorists pay for their fuel first before filling up their tanks.

People are that ruthless and have been known to do it all it over the country. They tend to do it more during the middle of the month.

Carolyn

Allan says she has spoken to a few petrol attendants and petrol station managers who feel disheartened and discouraged because they say the matter needs to be addressed and dealt with at national level.

Allan is on a mission to put an end to this kind of behaviour. She says one of the suggestions brought up was to have a hand held registration plate or license disk scanner which will protect the petrol attendant. She adds however that it would need to apply to all petrol station to see the practise become effective.

You have to pay for your petrol or diesel first, that would sort out the problem.

William, caller

I saw this happen in Limpopo on Saturday night. A guy, approached with a bakkie and asked for a full tank, when he was supposed to pay he drove off.

Paul, caller

I was unemployed for five months and need petrol to get to work, it was mid-month. I bought airtime, a cold drink and petrol, knowing very well I didn't have money. I left my blackberry behind and promised to return later with money. I only paid the bill two weeks later after I had gotten paid.

Thlogi, caller

At my local filling station, they usually have security personnel on site because they have experienced people getting away without paying.

Lerato, caller

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