You remember full-service gas stations, don’t you?
A metro Atlanta gas station is going retro in an effort to quell customer fears of theft and carjackings.
A Shell station in the new city of South Fulton is offering a gas-valet service, Channel 2 Action News reported.
“They pump your gas. They go get your receipt,” customer Sarah Cainion said. “They come and clean your windows for you and everything.”
It means customers don’t have to get out of their cars. In an area where thieves “slide” into cars to steal the vehicle or items inside while people pump gas, it’s important for business.
It’s also reminiscent of the days of full-service gas stations.
A manager at the station on Cascade Road near I-285 recently had an increase in such incidents, Channel 2 reported. So he brought in the full-service feature.
For now, all this extra service is at no extra charge, though the station says it will shortly impose a fee of $2 per visit. If it takes 20 gallons to fill up your road-crushing SUV, you’re paying an extra 10 cents a gallon. Better deal than you were getting from actual full-service stations during the summer when I was a pump jockey.