Over on WalletPop, I posted about the story of Trig’s Minocqua Shell. This week, an employee made a mistake when closing the store. He was supposed to change the price of gas to $3.30. Instead, he changed it to 33 cents a gallon. He closed the store for the night, but the gas pumps were left on for anyone who wanted to purchase with a credit card at the pump.
Consumers started filling up their tanks like there was no tomorrow, calling friends and family to come fill up too. The police noticed the commotion and called the gas station’s manager, who put a stop to it.
All told, the owner of the station lost over $1,700, the difference between the price that should have been used and the erroneous price.
Why so sad? There are about 200 comments and counting on the thread. And it seems that the majority of commenters think it was okay for the consumers to fill up at a price they knew was wrong, that the business owner deserved to get screwed, and that we should hope things like this happen more often.
In their heart of hearts, I know these people know what was done was wrong. I think those who filled up at the wrong price should go back to the station and pay the difference. I doubt that anyone will. And the idea that people are encouraging this dishonesty…. sad.