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    Default Gas station scams

    Earlier today filled up the car, at i believe it was the shell on betancourt and Privada area.I had a quarter tank left. I was tired after a long drive and when signing my visa slip, i noticed the bill came to about 1000 pesos more than when i fill up when completely empty.
    Of course the attendant had already started another car fillup therefore no way to confirm at the pump. Long story short, i got about 800peso in cash returned and a sad dominican who thought they just made a quick 1200pesos(masOmenos).
    They still screwed me out of probably 400. The manager inside didnt care, nobody does, it seems to be the norm.

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    Always watch the price is at zero before they start pumping gas.
    This has happened to me a couple of times when I pretended not to be looking.
    I figure I got a good gallon for free each time they tried to rob me.
    Make them reset the pump and start again.
    Be firm with these guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedrochemical View Post
    Always watch the price is at zero before they start pumping gas.
    This has happened to me a couple of times when I pretended not to be looking.
    I figure I got a good gallon for free each time they tried to rob me.
    Make them reset the pump and start again.
    Be firm with these guys.
    Yes this im sure is exactly what happened. Its really too bad there wasnt more of a deterent for stealing. Maybe the thought of being unemployeed and not being able to provide for ones family, may actually register in the the ladronic mind.

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    I think you hit the nail on the head when you said the manager inside did not seem to care.
    Who is going to put a stop to this if the manager is not interested?
    As long as the manager receives the cash from the pump guy that his computer says he should get then what is the difference to him?
    The thieving turd who robbed you is not scared of being fired.

    What makes me laugh is the indignation you get from the thief.
    Not a trace of shame for doing wrong, not even a trace of shame for getting caught.
    Just distress that he lost some money on the deal.



    This is not just a Dominican problem, obviously. This has happened to me in Italy before now. That is why I always stand with the attendant when he is pumping gas.

    Anyway, it pays to keep your eyes open and do not be afraid to challenge this kind of nastiness.
    Many gringos will disappear quietly into the night as they do not want to cause a stink.
    I relish the challenge!

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    I got suckered out of probably RD$500 in gas money in Vicente Noble once ... at that time, 500 pesos bought exactly a quarter of a tank of good gasoline ... so with 1000 pesos I should have gotten 1/2 the tank, but ended up with 1/4 only instead.

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    [QUOTE
    [B]The thieving turd who robbed you is not scared of being fired.[/B

    What makes me laugh is the indignation you get from the thief.
    Not a trace of shame for doing wrong, not even a trace of shame for getting caught.
    Just distress that he lost some money on the deal.
    [/QUOTE]

    Yes this the very troubling part of the experience,almost as if no crime has been committed, no remourse, nothing...No fear of being fired thrown in jail..
    No integrity at all, and the scarey thing is this is nothing worth reporting here, as again is very normal...You talk about the corruption and the people who accept it..Is this country moving forward or backwards...Maybe the next generation will care!

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    Gas station scams are very common. Even after buying gas at the same station twice a week or 4 years they still tried to scam my wife a couple of times.

    My advice is ALWAYS get out of your car and check the pump both before they start and after they are finnished. In fact I don't even tell them what I want until I am out of the car and standing nexg to the pump. Also use cash if possible and not a credit card.

    Bob K

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    1) Never use a credit/debit card at a gas station. Or anywhere in the DR if you can help it.

    2) ALWAYS get out and WATCH the attendant zero the meter and fill your tank.

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    My husband and I were talking about this last night. We mostly bought gas at an Isla station in Haina on our way to Playa Najayo / Playa Palenque, and every time the guy would point at the pump and say "Zero, OK?" And my husband would nod and then he'd begin. Now, I'm wondering if that was because he's a somewhat stern-faced Dominican??? Double-standard for ex-pats, tourists and women? Not surprising I guess.

    AE

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    I was gonna mention that as well... A lot of times the attendant will make a point to tell you the pump is on Zero. Whenever this happens i always become more suspicious

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