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I’d Love to Get A Donut, But I Don’t Have Any Gas

I’d Love to Get A Donut, But I Don’t Have Any Gas

Let me understand this: My local gas station, with a great guy pumping gas chatting about sports and politics, was sold and converted into a purely self-pumping operation. The employee retired, and now we have to fend for ourselves in all kinds of weather. The old station was open from 6 to 11. The idea with the new one was to reduce expenses drastically, run it with a clerk inside a little mini-mart. But the pumps are automatic. Wouldn’t they be 24-hour pumps, available all the time? Isn’t that the point?

Nope, they’re closed over night, I guess so that you can’t steal them! So far as I know, ATMs are open 24 hours, aren’t they? You can get money, but not gas to get to the money.

I’m sure someone can explain to me why I can get coffee at 5:30 in the morning from a drive-through at Dunkin’ Donuts, or money at Citizens Bank, but not gas at Shell.

Well pretty soon it won’t matter, because we’ll all have cars with very long extension cords, or self-driving cars that plow into police vehicles.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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