Wednesday, September 20, 2006


I went and filled up my old truck with $33.54 in gas before my ride last Sunday. Today I find an additonal $100.00 deducted from my account by Valero on MLK and University.

Am I the only one who wasn't aware that gas stations routinely block a chunk of your checking account so that oil companies are guaranteed to get their money?

"We want to make sure that we're protected, that we get payment for the gasoline," says BP's Howell -- a quote from a very interesting article.

so let me get this right: $100 smackers are deducted from my meager checking account for three days to guarantee that BP (earnings topped $22 billion last year) gets their $33.54 outta me. Wells Fargo says "most likely" the $100 will be back in the account by tomorrow. Gee, now isn't that swell?

Nice cozy arrangement between Wells Fargo and BP -- especially if I go make a purchase (say a gun?) and become overdrawn (which has never, ever happened, huh Ippoc?). The Wells Fargo overdrawn buzzards will surely come swooping down for a feast then.

I tell ya.


velogirl said...

Yikes! Remind me never to piss you off.

Ippoc Amic said...

I never liked that BP/Valero station anyway...yes, VG-not a good idea to piss off the marscat

marscat said...

marscat only gets mad a big corporations
who take her money.

X Bunny said...

i would not be ok with that at all

looks like shell and chevron only take $1 so maybe that's the way to go

or ride your bike ;)

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

and every time they pull that money out ... somebody is making interest on it (and not you).

thousands upon thousands of transactions, every day.


PAB said...


marscat said...

X: I think Valero is owned by BP...bad.

OV: YES! i get mad just thinking about it.
fricking fukkers

I heard this practice started in New Orleans
when people needed gas but were low on cash.

Eclectchick said...

Yipes!! $100?????

I guess things are just different in MN. I always see a measly $1.00 charge until the "real" amount posts.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

i need a zsazsa fix.