I almost always fill petrol from the same bunk. They follow a 50-150 tactics here. Wonder what I'm talking about? If you've ever been cheated while filling petrol at a bunk, you'd know. Or wait, you'll have to realise that you've been tricked.
Drive into a petrol bunk. Appear careless. Ask to fill for Rs.200. Chances are s/he'll enter 50 at the meter and make you believe you weren't clear when you spoke '200'. You'll find another 150 (200-50 right?) entered into the keypad. Fair enough? You wish. What actually happens is, the 150 ain't additional as you assume. Its the overall amount to be filled (wonder who designed it that way). So 150 is actually 150 starting at 50 => 100.
You've paid Rs.200/- for Rs.150/- worth of petrol. Done deal. Bye bye. A similar dupe can be made out of happy-sitting-inside-car-enjoying-AC you for any amount. Here is an account of how I dealt with it once.
I know the manager there personally, so brought him out to the operator and gave a good sounding. Actually, he produced bills generated by the pump itself; which showed bills for 50 + 150. The manager said, if the bill reads it then you can't have been cheated. But I know my bike's fuel gauge well and it doesn't lie. Yet, out of respect for the gentleman I left. But they trick you here too, after returning home, I took a closer look at the bill. It had timestamps. Rs.150/- was billed before the Rs.50 one. So the bill was right, only I was given the wrong bill. Another lesson learnt for fifty bucks!
There is no point writing letters to the govt., making noises about Consumer Rights etc. Its your money, get out and do the following.
- If you're in a car, get down.
- If you have a cellphone, don't use it
- Don't pay before fueling your vehicle.
- If you have to, better give the exact amount. 2 100 notes can't be seen as a 50.
- If you're paying by card, get it swiped beforehand.
- Don't take your eyes off the meter.
- Do not pay heed to their hints at how nice your bike is, how much mileage you get, your tyres need air etc.
- Don't check for 0s. Check for 8's instead!
- Have sense. Don't be scared to question if you have a doubt.
- Spread awareness instead of complaining.
Adieu. Happy fueling!