A couple of decades ago, 7-Eleven stores took it upon themselves, with a nudge from nudnik Donald Wildmon, to stop selling Playboy and its ilk. Playboy responded with a “Women of 7-Eleven” feature; I responded by taking my business elsewhere. And I am legendary for the sheer persistence of my grudges, so I wouldn’t have noticed what Dave Munger noticed:
I bought a little gas at 7-11 last night. I had to go inside and pay first, which I didn’t have to do there before. The lady who worked there said that it was because they were in the process of switching from Citgo gas. She’d mentioned before that they’d been having a lot of trouble with people stealing gas, but now she tells me that Citgo (a Red Venezuelan outfit) used to EAT the cost of stolen gasoline! So basically, 7-11 hadn’t been bothering to stop people from stealing it.
I don’t know if this extends to Oklahoma 7-Eleven stores, which are not actually owned by Southland Corporation or its Japanese parent company, but around here, just about everyone has been insistent that you pay first ever since the first glimpses of $3 gas.