What? No free chinaware or toy fire truck with that?


I remember as a kid when the gas stations used to beg bribe drivers to pull in for a fill-up (actually they did the filling up, you stayed in your car). They would check the oil, tires, windshield fluid, wash windows and give away free stuff like drinking glasses, plates, toy fire trucks and other goodies. Now when I pull in Chevron to pump my own gas I see that they have a toy car covered in pretend mud that they offer to sell you.

Wait till Labor Day weekend when gas prices will be at a record high and people will take road trips. It’s pretty easy to predict that we’ll be seeing segments on the national TV news of drivers either stuck in traffic or at gas stations asking about fuel prices. TV is so predictable sometimes.

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