Sort of like full-service

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.

(Via Fark.)


  1. McGehee »

    13 April 2018 · 10:23 pm

    In other news, there is now a City of South Fulton. And from what I just read on Wikipedia, it means the Fulton County government no longer has direct jurisdiction over anything that isn’t county property.

    I can remember when the county treated taxpaying residents as little better than serfs to support free services for non-taxpaying voters. Guess they had a revolution.

    That’s what I call a how-to guide.

  2. CGHill »

    13 April 2018 · 11:03 pm

    Apparently they assembled this city from all the previously unincorporated areas in that end of the county.

    Wonder if Sandy Springs, near the other end of Fulton, inspired anyone.

  3. McGehee »

    13 April 2018 · 11:44 pm

    It led the fight.

  4. fillyjonk »

    14 April 2018 · 7:14 am

    I’m surprised some entrepreneur has not come up with GasUber, where you can hire someone to meet you at a station and pump your gas for you. Though it does seem of late, media’s adulation of the “side hustle” has died down a bit.

  5. McGehee »

    14 April 2018 · 7:46 am

    They may have realized that the cab drivers’ complaints about Uber sound a lot like their own complaints about bloggers.

  6. Roger Green »

    14 April 2018 · 7:52 am

    Sounds like a Texaco commercial: “You can trust your car to the man who wears the star…”

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