I went to a Husky station near my house to put in some gas.
I went inside, and told the clerk (who was on his cell phone not really paying attention) that I wanted to pre-pay $20 with my debit car.
The clerk rang in $20 on my debit card, I put in my pin number, and after authorising he punched something in on the gas machine and said ok.
I went outside, stuck the nozzle in and started pumping. When you pre-pay, it is common knowledge that the pump is to stop at the specified amount. Knowing this, I wasn't really paying attention to the pumping, as the pump will slow down and then stop when finished.
I looked up at the pump and it was already at $24.
I stopped pumping, hung the pump up and went inside and told him that something screwed up and it didn't stop. This has happened at a chevron before, the clerk was new and he told me not to worry about it.
I told the clerk and he said "That will be $4 extra please, our pumps don't support pre-pay"
First of all this is a lie since I went there 2 weeks earlier and a different clerk rang in $20 pre=pay and it stopped when it was supposed to. Being that I wanted only $20 in gas, and that I didn't have actual cash on me, and using debit card again would be an extra $1.50, I said no, He screwed up operating the machine and I wasn't paying.
The clerk was trying to rip me off. The clerk said "It's ok buddy, doesn't matter to me then" so I left and drove off.
The next day I get a call from a Cst. D.J. (Don) McINTOSH from surrey RCMP saying I owed $4 and if I didn't pay it I would be arrested,
I explained the story and said no I wasn't paying. He came to the door with another officer and said to pay or he's taking me down to the station. I explained the entire story and he said "I pumped the gas, it was my fault and I had to pay"
My argument is that, because I expressed my terms ahead of time, and because the teller agreed to them and was supposed to regulate the machine for me, pumping of the actual gas was out of my hands and in control of the teller, I simply put in the nozzle and squeeze the trigger.
I feel I am in the right. I have talked to another officer since then, and he said that the two police were ignorant and silly, and a waste of taxpayers money, and also said the teller was in the wrong for a) not operating the machine correctly, b) not warning me ahead of time c) saying it was ok and he didnt care d) calling it in afterward, which is filing a false report with the police (or something)
I do feel it's strange for the officers to collect $4 and drive it to a completly different town. (From surrey to cloverdale, a 1/2 hour drive)
I told the officer that I am only paying to avoid going to jail, and I did not admit guilt. I was close to sticking to what I believed in and was about to say "fine haul me off then" but I had stuff I had to do that night.