Clip on Fuel Pump Rip Off Goes Viral

City blogger’s video on diversionary tactics by staff to dupe him has people raising voices in other cities as well

Published: 10th February 2014 07:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th February 2014 07:36 AM   |  A+A-


A video uploaded by a city-based blogger at a petrol pump that attempted to ‘cheat’ him of `700 while filling fuel in his car, has gone viral with people bombarding social media with similar complaints. The video has been shared more than 3,250 times and has been watched incessantly since it was uploaded, late Friday night.

Kiruba Shankar, a popular blogger and director of 5Five Technologies had stopped at a petrol filling station next to Anna Arivalayam on Friday and asked them to fill fuel for `2,000. “They asked me to park the car (a Hyundai Accent) at a right angle to the pump and then began to fill the fuel. When the meter had reached `1,300, another guy who worked at the station stood right behind the car and attempted to distract me by asking for my car’s number. It was pretty stupid because he was standing right behind the number-plate, so I turned and saw the guy at the pump resetting the meter to 0, thus cheating me of `700,” he said.

Kiruba created a scene at the BPCL filling station and refused to ‘compromise’ and let the matter go. Turning to a space that he was most comfortable with, Kiruba shot several photos of the staff who tried to con him and the petrol pump and also shot a video, reliving how that BPCL outlet tried to cheat him and uploaded it to Facebook.

Kiruba has also placed a complaint with the petroleum company, but the impact of the online advocacy has thrown up a lot of support and untold incidents - people from Delhi and Bangalore, besides Chennai have raised a stink about similar incidents when they have been shortchanged and apparently taken to placing repeated complaints on the company’s website.

BPCL officials were unavailable for comment and an employee at the outlet (Ashwini Agencies) denied any knowledge of the incident, when contacted.


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