An alert Gourav Agarwal fought a failed attempt by a petrol station attendant to dupe him. On May 3, he stopped to refuel his vehicle at a Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) outlet in Ghazipur.
Gourav asked the attendant for a tank full of petrol.
As the attendant started the meter, another attendant approached Gourav to fill up a lucky draw coupon. The moment Gourav started filling up the slip, the attendant re-fueling the car said that electricity had gone and reset the meter without showing the reading to Gourav.
He told Gaurav that petrol worth Rs 340 had already been filled. Petrol worth Rs 1800 was filled after the meter was reset, bringing the total cost to Rs 2,140.
This was much more than the tank capacity of a Tata Indica. What made matters worse was that the lucky draw coupon was an expired one!
That's when Gourav protested. Fearing for his job, the attendant backed down. He agreed to a payment of Rs 1,900. Gourav lodged a complaint with the manager of the petrol pump and action was taken against both the attendants.
“These things have become very common in the NCR region. People must be made aware of such frauds, so that they remain alert against them,” says Gourav.