Friday, July 25, 2008

"Pump First" Cards Change Gas Purchasing

Altoona-based Sheetz's chain of gas and convenience stores are set to implement a new "Pump First" card system in August to cut down on the number of gas thefts. Cash customers will have to sign up for a card by registering for free with their driver's license information. The card must be swiped like a credit card at the pump in order to be able to fill up. After pumping, customers must then pay inside. Sheetz spokesperson Monica Jones says the program will help prevent drive-offs and help law enforcement officials catch up with those who do because of the cards link to a person's driver's license. Credit card purchases will not be affected. Customers are still able to pay cash without the card, but must pay inside the store prior to filling their tank. Currently the "Pump First" cards are being tested at stores in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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