Unless you are in some really good luck or are very observant, you are cheated every time you drive into a pump in Bangalore to fill up your vehicle. I had noticed this earlier on my previous visits to Bangalore, but it seems to have become very rampant in recent times. I hope this article helps you guys out there to be aware of the fraud that happens and save your hard earned money from being looted shamelessly.
Have you ever gone to a petrol pump in Bangalore and you are given petrol in two stages? When you ask for Rs. 1000 of petrol, the pump attendant fills up for Rs. 200 and stops. Then gives you a convenient excuse that he did not hear you or did not pay attention and continues to fill up for the remaining Rs. 800?
If this has happened to you, you have been most certainly cheated by the pump attendant. How?
Modus Operandi (How?)
When the attendent stops at Rs. 200, you have received Rs. 200 of fuel in your tank. Then he continues to pour fuel up to Rs. 800 and tells you that 200+800=1000, you have actually received only another Rs. 600 of fuel as the meter had not been reset after the first stage of filling up. In the process, you have lost Rs. 200 worth of petrol and since we never ask for the bill, the pump attendant has pocketed your hard earned money.
I have personally noticed that this scam goes on very commonly in Bangalore and the attendants cleverly divert your attention by asking casual questions like “cash or card payment sir?” or even to the extent that “Sir, your money/purse/mobile has fallen down” or such diversion tactics while the person filling up your tank does his thing.
How to protect yourself?
- Be vigilant and keep your eyes on the meter. Dead spot on the meter.
- Always ask for the computerized bill which comes out of the fuel pump.
- Pay only after you are fueled up, refuse to pay upfront to the attendant, this might be slower, but more foolproof.
- If you are not from Bangalore or have a outstation vehicle, learning some basic Kannada for “fill up for Rs. X”, “fill it fast”, “I need bill” or related sentences which might help you pass off as a local person.
- Don’t be shy – If you notice that you are being cheated - question, shout, get angry and threaten to bring the police, ask for pump owner, convey to the other customers around in the pump that fraud is happening in this pump and ask them to fill up somewhere else. It is your money!
Please share this article on facebook, twitter, orkut or any online network you are active in, tell your network, email your friends and lets stop this bloody daylight robbery that is happening on a daily basis on almost every pump in the city. Do let me know if you have thoughts on this fraud in Bangalore in the comments below.
Act now to stop this bloody daylight robbery.
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