I normally buy petrol every second Tuesday, the cheapest pricing day. Well it was, but the day has now shifted to Wednesday. Last week instead of buying petrol on Tuesday, I bought it Wednesday. I won't do that again. Too busy.
But I was disturbed by what happened at the petrol station. Maybe it is standard practice and I am out of touch. What I saw was certainly a breach of polite behaviour though, by my standards.
I went to the Shell garage, or is that Coles?, in Dandenong Road. I am unfortunate, like many of us who have their filler on the left hand side of the car. Most people do. So that side of the bowsers are always busier. The far right lane looked to be the quickest, so I pulled in behind the car that was sitting at the second bowser. The car in front of that one pulled away from the first bowser as the car owner at the second went in to pay for her petrol. I won't have to wait too long.
A chap drove into the service station and reversed into the first bowser, hence blocked the forward exit for the car at the second bowser and me being behind her, she was trapped.
I reversed and went in front of another car who's owner was in paying, but it was wider area and I left plenty of space for the driver to get around me when he came out.
The woman who was in front of me where the guy pulled in, reversed out and used the centre gap to leave.
The guy who pulled in front of her went to pay and I was glaring at him and he picked this up. I glared at him as he left after paying too, and I could see he was conscious of me. If all else fails, pick snobbery. He was very badly dressed and had a dreadfully ugly old car.
I queried R about this situation, as he has to buy petrol weekly and is more in tune with service station ways and means. He agreed it was wrong, but he added a qualifier, that some people go in to pay for their petrol and then do their weekly shopping while inside. Slight exaggeration, but they come out loaded with coffee, papers and terrible food.
I hate buying petrol at Coles/Shell and Woolworths/Caltex and I suppose I should just pay more and buy it at the non supermarket BP. How I lament the loss of our small petrol service stations. I used them until the disappeared in the early 1990s. There was a marvellous one in High Street Ashburton I used.
While I already know that that guy's actions were wrong, what are your thoughts?