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Petrol stealing fail....

Old 29th Apr 2013, 21:25
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Petrol stealing fail....

Caught by now no doubt

https://www.google.com.au/url?url=ht...skLXPeovTYqCqQ
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Old 29th Apr 2013, 21:37
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Interesting, but also for the fact that a petrol pump at a filling station is apparently called a bowser in Australia?

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I like the way she went splat Gillardesque on her face.
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 07:15
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Phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000 if you have information about the drive-off.
Crime Stoppers. They call it Crime Stoppers.

Bwahahahahaaaa!

Crime Stoppers! Fighting petrol thieves and
parking spot stealers wherever they may be
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 08:14
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In the UK, the Government is responsible for 60% of this thieving behaviour.
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 08:49
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I suppose its a change from the petrol stations stealing from us.
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 08:54
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The employee should have discharged the extinguisher into the car.
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 09:57
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Phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000 if you have information about the drive-off.
It would appear from the comments section that some expert amateur sleuths are on the case:

Courier Mail:
...when the driver of the car bearing stolen plates sped away as she filled up.
Comment:
James of Gold coast Posted at 1:48 PM April 29, 2013
Cant they just trace the number plate and identify the thieves?
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 10:09
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The employee should have discharged the extinguisher into the car


Better still - some electronically-activated, pop-up 150mm diameter, concrete-filled bollards in the driveway entrance, would be the go.

One press of a button in the service station office, and WHAMMO! - just pick up the wreckage.
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 10:16
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The general consensus on other forums is the attendant
should have thrown the fire extinguisher through the
windscreen and hopefully take out both the heads of
the perps.

And if not, at least hit the car with it.
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 10:29
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Can't remember off hand where it was but I stopped to fill up the other day and they had those dragons tooth tyre rippers fitted to the exit of the fuel bay. One way of slowing them down!
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 10:32
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Devil's advocate as always...
The servos could fix this problem in a number of ways.
1. Prefill payment.
Sucks because; then no-one comes into the shop with their wallet open and impulse buys a stack of overpriced chippy / drinky junk food items that make the store owner more money than the fuel, which they only sell to get you into the junk food store.

2. Servo attendants that retain control over the bowsers (yes, that's what they're called ) and fill people's cars for them the way they used to.
Sucks because; costs money . Most servos are now manned by one or two cash register attendants to keep the wages down. It's cheaper to absorb the drive off robbery costs.

3. Road spikes that are deactivated once the driver has paid for the fuel.
Sucks because; again, costs money. Servo owners are diametrically opposed to spending money on their asset, as anyone who's been forced to use a servo toilet will attest. It's generally more hygenic to leave the servo, pull over to the side of the road and dig a hole.

Service station owners still make more money under the current method of operation than they would if they took steps to prevent thefts. If that wasn't the case then at the very least they'd kit up their forcourts with mechanical aids to prevent drive-offs, but they don't.

Most servos are run using the bare minimum of low paid staff (often foreign) who are routinely threatened by knife and gun toting maniacs as part of their job description, when they're not dodging people who try to run them over. None of the major opeators have made more than a token effort to protect their staff, and consequently I have little sympathy for them.

One operator (who wasn't named in the press so I won't name them here) was deducting the cost of drive off petrol from their sole cash register operators' wages, despite it being impossible for said operators to leave the counter and prevent the drive offs. What were they supposed to do anyway; throw themselves in front of the vehicle?

Very little sympathy; IMO the service station industry perpetuates these thefts and therefore has no right to whine about them. This is a problem they could fix, but they won't.

The general consensus on other forums is the attendantshould have thrown the fire extinguisher through the windscreen and hopefully take out both the heads of the perps.
I detect an ARRSEy smell to this theory...

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Old 30th Apr 2013, 11:20
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"I detect an ARRSEy smell to this theory..."

Nope, not at all. Hunting forums.

One was a cop, one another bloke and the other me.

Cop suggested through the windscreen, I suggested
instead of dropping it at least hit the car to cause damage.
Then we agreed through the windscreen or window would
be the best.

WGAF about them two anyway, the quicker they are put down
the less trouble they will be.
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 11:46
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pull over to the side of the road and dig a hole.
Not easy to do on the M62! (U.K.)
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 11:57
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Hmmm, I earlier said the employee should have discharged the extinguisher at the car. After reading worral's excellent rant I retract.

The thing is, worral reminded me of a mate who during his student days in the 80s had an overnight job in a garage. He hadn't been there long when the garage was visited by armed robbers.

He said when they pointed the gun at him all he could do was look at the barrel and think that it could a spit out a bit of lead that would kill him.

He totally complied with what they told him to do, to the point that the cops had a suspiscion he was in on it. Luckily they subsequently nabbed the robbers a couple of days later for something else and realised he had nothing to do with them.

My mate was fired and not paid his due wages because of the loss the garage had suffered. He was like a jelly for weeks.
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 15:06
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Drive offs with stolen/false plates a problem in UK too. When the Senior Teeterette was at Uni, she "drove" an ancient Ford Fiesta. (I say "drove", cos it was very rarely serviceable and/or had tax, insurance and MoT all at the same time.)

One time, after it had been rusting gently in the Uni car park for a few weeks, she noticed that the rear number plate had gone missing. Shortly thereafter, Old Bill comes to call. Yes, there had been a drive off in a car - same model and colour! - seemingly using her stolen plate.

Fortunately when Old Bill saw the "car" (also deserving inverted commas at this stage) - he laughed and agreed it obviously hadn't (couldn't have) moved for weeks.

Might have been a different (and more difficult) story if it had been working ......
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 16:05
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When my son lived in London he had both number plates stolen from his Ford Fiesta.

Nothing came of it (no speeding or parking fines and no accusations of stealing petrol), but maybe someone got a cloned vehicle?
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 16:18
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I went to a service station recently somewhere in Europe (I think it was in Switzerland, it could have been northern Italy on the way to or from Switzerland)) where I had to pass my credit card through the window to the attendant, who activated the pump. I then went inside to pay.

That seems to counter Worrals' objection to prefill payment, and the only problem I can think off is that it could be a stolen or invalid credit card and a drive-off could still happen, but it does substantially reduce the risk.
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 16:32
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it does substantially reduce the risk.
and allow the assistant to clone your card.

I avoid using cards at filling stations run by young men of non-European appearance.
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 16:42
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True, but they can clone your card so quickly anyway that I don't the risk is increased. A couple of years ago I went to a revenue leakage (this being the equivalent to an airline of shoplifting) meeting with an airline and we were shown some of the ways that criminals defraud airlines.

Whilst CC fraud does not really come under this category as it's the bank that pays (or its customers!) it was mentioned, and a demonstration was given of some of the scams, and obviously I'm not at liberty to mention them in detail.

We were shown how a credit card can be brushed across a small device, in this case in the guy's shirt top pocket, reading the data off the mag strip. Then, after the transaction takes place, he can take the rest of the details at his leisure. He would only have to memorise the 3 digit CVV number on the back, for which reason I've scratched all mine off.
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