Saturday, September 24, 2005

The man who took OD's change

I went to fill up my car today at the Oman Oil station in MQ. It cost RO 6.800. I gave him a tenner. He gave me back RO 3. Now, I'm no math genius, but, shouldn't the change be RO3.200? When he walked away from my window I thought he was going to get change, and I was going to tell him to keep it, but, he walked away quickly.And never came back!

I was looking at him in my rear view mirror, saw him look at me then quickly turn away and start filling up the car behind me.

He stole my money. Ok so he stole his tip, but he didn't know I was going to tip him, which means he stole my money! Just like that. In broad daylight! I was too shocked. I didn't know what to do. I just drove away.

Now I can't stop thinking about it. Its not the money, cause its nothing. Its the principle. What if he does this to other people? I thought about going back and talking to his manager, but I'd never forgive myself if he lost his job because of me. Plus I hate causing a commotion (hmmm, Madonna moment there..so 80s)..

What would you all have done?

20 comments:

Wardat_il'7leej said...

Nothing

Yet i would hate thinking that he does this to other people

Sleepless In Muscat said...

think of it this way;

if he does do this to everyone he fills their tanks for, then by the end of the day he has a very good sum of money which is not his

a thief is a thief no matter what..

he can't stand not being paid extra so let him look elsewhere..tell his manager about it

kaya said...

Just to teach him a lesson I wouldve told him off,as nobody likes to be taken advantage of.He is corrupt and u have been an accomplice.Its not a matter of 200 baizas its a matter of him pulling a stunt like that.

Kazablanka said...

maybe he forgot? Or maybe he thought he gave you the 200 baisa.

DevilishAngel said...

6af

if you were gona give it to him and he took it anyway, then I don't think you should stress over it. You have a point about the
"principles" but I guess he's too desperate for money to worry about such a thing. These ppl get paid minimum wage...

OceanDream said...

Nopes he didn't forget, Kaza.He counted out the 3 rials, 1, 2, 3, then handed them over to me and walked away.I thought he was about to go get change and opened my mouth to tell him not to, but he dashed off so quickly.

A friend of mine told me that most women don't check to see the price on the machine after they fill up the car, so it makes it easier for them to get ripped off. Sounds racist, but, could be true...

Kaya: An accomplice?! Poor me. But I see what you mean...

Sleepless In Muscat said...

OD: i think i know which guy you're talking about because i remember it happening to me once but i didn't give much importance until now

NiGhTFaCe said...

Simply do nothing!


I dont know why. But, I dont refuel at Oman Oil, always at Shell.

Anyways, regularly they will give you the change. It happens with me whenever I ask to make it full, I will be expecting to pay something like O.R 5. But, if it came to be less, so I am getting the change.

illogicist said...

If I was alone, I'd prob let it go. If I was with a friend, I'd make my friend go and shout at him :p

But principles are principles. I do feel sorry for these people, theyre out in the sun all day and its hot and stuff. I was thinking of keeping bottles of water in my car and offering them to em (but they prob wouldnt trust it to be clean), never did it tho. But to take your money without asking, its wrong, pure and simple.

Nash said...

I would definitely get out of my car, tell him he made a mistake, and could he please give me the rest of my money..

By leaving, you are simply encouraging the practice.

Namika said...

Maybe he was not good in math?

hmm I better start counting the money after filling up my car..

If I was in your place I would have just ignored him and feel pitty for him..

kaya said...

Wll pity for them is there ergo why we leave them tips,knowing how hard their lives are,their pathetic salaries and everything else.But that doesnt justify his actions.
Up untill the time these guys were selling newspapers on the roads,every thursday I would go out buy fruits(oranges ,watermelons etc)chop them up in small pieces and make about 15 little bags and leave them in the fridge to chill.Friday morning,at the traffic lights where these guys sold newspapers I would hand over these bags to them.When I fill gas,have my car washed or whatever I always make sure to give 5 dirhams.Not because I have too much money(which I dont)but every month when my husband gives me my money to run the home I put aside a certain amount to give away to whoever I can as sadaqa.But I still say what the petrol ststion attendant did was not right and such should be corrected.

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Samyah said...

OD I would've done the exact same as you; let it go then beat myself up about it later. And yes, it is about the principle not the money.

NaBHaN said...

I would have confronted him and demand the rest of my money. I don't care about the 200BZ but as you said it's a matter of principle. Besides , I don't like people making a fool out of me. If this happens again you should talk to the guy personally ,that way he wont loose his job and he might feel guilty and stop doing that.

Arabian Princess said...

if it was me, I would definatly let it go .. I know my husband wouldnt, he would tell him off about it .. which is the right thing to do I guess

Noors said...

It's about the principle. I understand that their job is not easy, but to steal money? It's just plain wrong. You work, you're supposed to do that with honesty.

If I had the guts I would have told him that, to his face, without really complaining, just let him hear it. Though knowing myself i would've just let it go, and think about it later!

OceanDream said...

I guess I'm not alone !

TI3GIB said...

One more reason to use Al-Maha

Petite For Life said...

200 Bz for 30 cars
RO6.000 per day
RO180.000 per month extra cash in his salary.