Remember the good old days when a service station sold gas and provided services like air and water? I do and up until last week I, in the very least, still received the Free Air from the local Gas Station.
Of late I had a slow leak in one of my front tires and had been filling it every few days at the local Maple Ridge 7-11 Gas Bar at the corner of the Haney By-pass and Lougheed Highway. Imagine my surprise when I was confronted with the new coin operated air hose system requiring a $1.00 coin to fire it up! I was infuriated and immediately left deciding I would try other gas stations along the way.
Now I didn't hit every single gas station in Maple Ridge real estate but I did drive into another 7-11 and a Petro Canada to discover that they also were charging a Buck for tire air. I eventually stopped by the Chevron in west Maple Ridge on Lougheed Highway where Free Air was still Free!
So if you are looking for proud purveyors of tire air and want to pay $1.00 in your hour of desperation struggling with a flat tire please check out these fine retailers of compressed air:
If you are like me and feel that you pay enough already to Gasoline Retailers and the fact that you have to put the gas in your car yourself, wipe your own windshield and check your own oil then please give Chevron in Maple Ridge your patronage or other gasoline retailers that you discover with an assemblage of a conscience. If these retailers actually put the air in the tire for you I could understand it but this is just ridiculously cheap and offensive.
I know what some of you are thinking, some gas stations have had an Air for Charity program, this isnt what I am talking about. In that case it is a donation and you can still get the air for free if you are stuck.
I would like to suggest to these struggling retailers some other possible revenue centres to help maintain their profitability and further alienate customers like me:
Pay paper towels
Extra charge for a receipt
A priority access lane with a yearly fee
Extra charge during peak hours
Late night surcharge