ST. PETERSBURG - Last October, Texaco corporate headquarters installed technology at some local gas stations requiring credit card customers to enter their ZIP codes before pumping gas. Texaco temporarily removed the technology from her pumps, but brought it back this month. And now it's here to stay.

It's a security measure to prevent stolen credit cards from being used to purchase gas. And with the high price of gasoline, theft has been an increasing problem. 'It's annoying - it just takes more time,' one customer said, after punching in her ZIP code at the pump. 'And if someone stole it from around here, they'd know the ZIP code anyway.'

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Do you think it`s a waste of time to have to enter your ZIP code at the gas pump?
ST. PETERSBURG - Last October, Texaco corporate headquarters installed technology at some local gas stations requiring credit card customers to enter their ZIP codes before pumping gas. Texaco temporarily removed the technology from her pumps, but brought it back this month. And now it`s here to stay.

It`s a security measure to prevent stolen credit cards from being used to purchase gas. And with the high price of gasoline, theft has been an increasing problem. `It`s annoying - it just takes more time,` one customer said, after punching in her ZIP code at the pump. `And if someone stole it from around here, they`d know the ZIP code anyway.`

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17 yrs ago - Wednesday 5/18/05 - 11:35:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't know how effective it would be in combating crime, but it's not really that much of a big deal to enter it, is it??
17 yrs ago - Wednesday 5/18/05 - 11:48:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
i haven't seen this yet - mainly because we don't have texaco where i live.

either way it seems pretty pointless.

17 yrs ago - Friday 5/20/05 - 4:27:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
They're saying it's for 'security' purposes - I would bet it's really to see how far people are willing to drive for cheaper gas prices.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/20/05 - 4:30:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
I haven't seen this yet so I don't know.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/20/05 - 4:32:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
I haven't seen this yet, but it seems easy enough to do. It's better than having a lost credit card charged for $$$ before one can cancel it...
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/20/05 - 4:54:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
If you lost your credit card, I think getting $15 worth of gas charged to it wouldn't be the end of the world. I'd be much more concerned about them going to other places to use it. Like Best Buy or Tiffanys
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/20/05 - 4:56:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
$15? I think you underestimate the price of gasoline...
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/20/05 - 4:57:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's a lot more difficult and riskier to use a stolen/found credit card when you have to present it to someone when purchasing something...
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/20/05 - 4:59:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
" 'It's annoying - it just takes more time,' one customer said"

yes, 30 seconds is such a big difference...

17 yrs ago - Friday 5/20/05 - 5:30:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
i havent seen this so i dont know.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/20/05 - 5:34:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
Seems it would be a nuisance. I'd just use cash or find somewhere else to pump gas.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 1:45:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
thats kind of stupid. bcuz if i'd still a credit card would it be that hard to go online and look up the zip code of the person?
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 1:50:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
I have never had to do this.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/21/05 - 4:48:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
My gas pumps don't have this.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/21/05 - 6:03:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 5/20/2005 4:27:47 PM KikiPeepers wrote:
They're saying it's for 'security' purposes - I would bet it's really to see how far people are willing to drive for cheaper gas prices.

Yep!


Who buys fuel with a credit card anyway? Those who do need their heads read.

16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/21/05 - 6:06:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
I buy it with my debit card.

Still have to pay at the pump.

16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/21/05 - 6:07:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
^ I pay cash or debit card to the console operator.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/21/05 - 6:12:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
Most of the places here, you have to pay in advance. They won't even turn the pumps on, unless you pay first or swipe your card.

So, it's easier to swipe the debit card at the pump. If not, I'd have to go in, hand over my card, let them keep it while I pump gas, then go back and get it.

I get nervous handing my card over to someone, even a cashier, and not being able to see what they do with it the whole time.

16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/21/05 - 6:23:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
^So I guess you can't just fill the tank til it the nozzle clicks and then add a bit more? Wow! That's just...bleh.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 7/1/05 - 12:51:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
I didn't even know what a zip code was until i filled my mom's car up the other day, and i had to ask the cashier boy what it meant. but i seriously think it is a waste of time...sheez who cares about a zip code! NO ONE DUH!
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/3/05 - 2:13:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
It takes about 2 seconds to enter 5 numbers... I think it's a good idea.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/4/05 - 8:15:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 7/1/2005 12:51:37 AM piink89 wrote:
I didn't even know what a zip code was until i filled my mom's car up the other day, and i had to ask the cashier boy what it meant. but i seriously think it is a waste of time...sheez who cares about a zip code! NO ONE DUH!


You didn't know what a zip code was...?

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/4/05 - 8:18:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
^No idea what a zipcode/postcode is! That's a sign of the times, isn't it. She's obviously never sent a letter via snail mail ... only email.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/5/06 - 1:01:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, it's called SAFETY.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/5/06 - 3:13:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 5/20/2005 4:59:58 PM Coeus wrote:
" 'It's annoying - it just takes more time,' one customer said" yes, 30 seconds is such a big difference...

Not even! 5 seconds should be enough. I can't see why this is a big deal.


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