My mother-in-law Gerene told me this interesting story about a week ago. It’s the kind of story that I responded with…”Oh, I have to blog about that!” So here goes.
To set the scene, my mother-in-law is a cute, petite white haired grandmother who drives a taupe Toyota, Camry.
It was just a regular week day when she stopped into the Prime Gas Station on Lunenburg Street in Fitchburg, MA. She asked the attendant to fill ‘er up. Upon filling the tank, the attendant then approached her window and with a very concerned look on his face told her that she had a possible leak in her gas tank. He asked her to get out and take a look. Apparently, the attendant had spilled some gas on the ground to make it look like she had a leak somewhere. That is all he showed her. He kept asking her in broken English, “You have mechanic? You need mechanic to fix this! Is very dangerous.”
She was alarmed of course, but knew better than to make arrangements to have her car checked by this individual. So, she told him she had a mechanic and drove off. She stopped at another gas station (I believe) and told another attendant her story. He looked quick-like and told her that there was no leak. Of course later, in her garage, where her car sat for hours, there was no gas leak left behind.
So, this is just a friendly public service announcement. Be wary of this particular Prime Gas Station. It’s been my experience that they tend to have the lowest gas prices. If they can’t convince you to turn your car over to their mechanic, they may just try to compromise your credit card.
Gerene wrote to me in an email. “I went for my haircut this morning; I was telling her about my scam at Prime Gas. Some of her customers have had their credit cards compromised. Another reason not to go there.”
I happened to be doing a search for images of Prime Gas station when I stumbled upon this video by DaTechGuyBlog. This is the actual gas station in question. Ironically enough, there was an explosion at the Victory Auto Parts (which is right next door to this gas station) that occurred two weeks ago. In this video the Prime gas station attendant is trying to explain what happened.
I am not saying that this was the attendant that told my mother-in-law that she had a leak in her gas tank. But could it have been? Oh yes. Will I be sending her a link to the video and asking her? Oh yes. Better yet, I will just send her a link to this post and update it once she has had a chance to view it.
It really doesn’t matter who tried to scam my mother-in-law, it’s deceitful and unethical and happened right there! Something should be done about it. I guess the first step is to make people aware of it.
So what would you do? Who do you file a complaint with? The BBB? How about the police?