- descriptions of the three grades of gasoline, with attendant buttons to push and a smaller sticker -- that is, three smaller stickers -- warning (?) me that my choice contains "up to" 10% ethanol. I don't know whether to be happy or sad about that ethanol thing, but I have no doubt that someone spent a lot of money making sure that those stickers get put on every gas pump in the country. Whoa. What if it's the sticker-makers' lobbyists who did that and not the ethanol people or the Ralph Nader Making the World Safer people?
- the push-button for speaking with the attendant
- a listing of the "family" of Shell credit cards; how cozy
- a TeleCheck notice of the huge fee that will be charged if a credit or debit card turns out to be invalid; hmm ... wouldn't it be rejected if it were invalid?
- a slot from which to receive a receipt
- a slot for the credit card, along with a keypad
- a much bigger sign once again warning about that pesky ethanol. Those sticker-makers are serious!
- a big sticker telling me how to get ahold of Charles Bronson (seriously), the Commissioner of Stickers.
Well, it's no wonder, with all that mess, that I missed the sticker that said cash-users would have to pay in advance.
And do you remember when that became the standard? Me, neither, not exactly. It used to be that you pumped your gas and then paid for it. I was dating Tommy at the time of the change. I remember that he drove up to the pump, went inside to pay in advance, returned to his car, and drove off. He was so used to the payment being the last thing done in a gassing-up event that he simply drove away, without filling the tank. He returned within a couple of blocks, but the clerk didn't believe him. I bet if he'd been a client she'd have believed him.