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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

No Chip Card Reader at Petrol Station

It’s going to be a long & busy day, so a short post.

It’s been 6 months now since the government implemented the chip credit card ruling. But until today, this huge, foreign petrol company has yet to install chip card readers at the pumps. Maybe they have, but all the stations across KlangValley that I have come across do not have them. So I have to line up behind the mat rempits (death bikers) who take 2 minutes deciding on which fag to buy.

They have this guy in a mobile card reading machine going from pump to pump, but everytime I’m there, he’s either:

  • Not there.
  • Busy with someone else (12 pumps, one attendant, peak hour. Go figure.)
  • Reader machine not working.
  • Too busy chatting up the pretty girl manning the cash register (I hate to disrupt their thought provoking discussion on whether Felix or Mawi is more popular)
  • Having his all important rest/tea break (God forbid I should intrude on the 'sacred hour'...)

Some of the other companies like Petronas and Projet has installed the readers, this company shouldn’t give the excuse that the overhead is too high. Besides, petrol prices are now comparable to black market uranium prices, and the government has given more than a year’s notice…

I’m seriously considering changing petrol companies, Asha Gill or not.

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  • Hey, I'm a new convert to your cause! Love your blog, and congrats on the recent award.

    Anyway, yeah the fact that it's been more than a year since the change to chip cards and their failure to do anything about it has been irksome.

    They do, however, accept Amex at the pump.

    By Blogger wingedman, at 7/06/2005 12:22:00 pm  

  • And I was wondering what petrol station so lousy when I started reading it... Asha Gill... LMAO...

    By the way, my hometown Tampin and most of Malacca already change loh, how come not Klang Valley?

    By Blogger Jason, at 7/06/2005 01:16:00 pm  

  • wingedman - thanks for dropping by, mate! actually MOST other companies have implemented the reader at pump... except that company...

    jason - asha gill rocks!!!

    By Blogger Simon, at 7/06/2005 02:00:00 pm  

  • You echoed my sentiments exactly! I once complained to one of their station managers, saying that Petronas already have it, why not them, he says they will change over in October this year. I am not sure why they are taking this long, grrrrr....
    The only reason why I still pump there is because I get Bonuslink points...

    By Blogger Pat, at 7/06/2005 05:19:00 pm  

  • travelling up to genting i frequent Projet more often now, simply because they have the credit card reader at the pump itself. so convenient. so worth it even without any bonus points or whatever.

    plus Destina is awesome!

    By Blogger Din, at 7/06/2005 05:37:00 pm  

  • pat - but at the end of the day, we all still go back there... sigh...

    din - yeah destina is really spacious, i especially like if next to McD...

    By Blogger Simon, at 7/06/2005 10:13:00 pm  

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