Petrol Mafia

Scenario-1 You go to fill the petrol for your vehicle and you have an vehicle ahead, He fills for Rs.50/- , Now it is your turn to fill the petrol and you ask to fill for Rs.200/-, The cashier tries to divert your attention by asking Cash/Card/Do you need oil to etc… By that time the other guy starts filling petrol to your vehicle, The unnoticed thing over here is the petrol filler has not reset the meter over there and he has filled from 50:00 to 200:00, The quantity of petrol you got is Rs.150 & you are in loss of Rs.50.


Scenario-2 You go to fill the petrol for your vehicle, You tell him FULL TANK, He keeps filling the full tank and when it is above to gets filled other guy force you to move the vehicle little front, By the time you move little front the filler will reset the amount & tells some extra amount too along with the original amount.

Scenario-3, You go to fill the petrol for your vehicle, You ask him to fill for Rs.250/- ,The filler tells ZERO on meter, The cashier tries to divert your attention by asking Cash/Card/Do you need oil to etc… The unnoticed thing over here is by the time he fills the petrol ZERO will be turned to Rs.22/- before a drop of petrol is out( This trick I personally faced in a petrol bunk near Tin factory, K.R.Puram Hanging bridge towards Whitefield)

Above are few samples of how the petrol bunks cheat public in namma Bengalooru, All this happens when you are forced to divert your attention else where.

I am not telling all the petrol bunks do cheat, but many petrol bunks cheat the public, so next time be careful when you are filling the petrol.

The above is applicable even for Diesel also.

15 Comments so far

  1. AV (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

    Very true. I too have personally experienced such an incident in Deve Gowda petrol bunk in Padmanabhnagar. They try to cheat almost every single customer there. One needs to be very attentive and not take your eyes off the meter even for a second, even if they try to distract you.

  2. Nimish (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

    Madhu Enterprises on Airport Road is the worst scamster of all. I’ve caught him 2 times already, and decided enough was enough, and stopped going there any more (claims not to have a complaint book, despite my asking for it).

    Incident 1:

    Asked for full tank. By the time I come out the car, the guy’s standing by saying job’s done – I’ve filled Rs 200/worth of petrol. When I say no – I asked for a tank full – Oh OK – make it zero and start from scratch.

    Incident 2:

    On the bike this time, asked for Rs. 300 worth of petrol. My attention was diverted with some standard cash/card type question, and suddenly the guy shows me the meter and says – filled Rs 50 worth! Then I remind him that I’d asked for 300 worth, and then – ah yes, reset to zero and then fill it. This time he seemed to have a button of sorts (or some other means) to bring the meter straight to 50!

  3. silkboard (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 2:43 pm

    A related discussion on the Shell shock. Fill at Shell or Reliance and teach these PSUs a lesson.

  4. Rajit (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 4:16 pm

    Totally agree with you. Never move your eyes from the meter till the meter reaches the amount you’ve asked for. I learnt it the hard way too… I filled petrol for Rs.200 and the bike remained in reserve even after getting the petrol!

    Beware of the petrol bunk in Ulsoor (the one on the right while going from CMH road to MG road)

  5. Divs (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 4:22 pm

    Another one on IBP petrol bunk at Agara Bus Stop (near HSR).. this happened twice with me there but second time i caught them red handed… the modus operandi is: “U ask for Rs 100 petrol. They fill petrol, u handover Rs 500 note. The cashier will count 4 hundred rupee note in front of you, in a Big gesture… in between, someone will try to divert u’re attention by telling u to move a little ahead etc.. cashier hand over that hundred rupee set to you… confident of his gestured counting, you leave and later disovered that there are only 3 hundred rupee note in your pocket… OR…. if you count then and there (smart guy) after receiving the sum, u discover that there are only 3 hundred rupee notes.. u turn back to complain, the guy will be ready with a note of hundred in his hand, looking at other side, teling that it slipped while handing over (pleading innocence)… hate that look and hate that bunk…

  6. Divs (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 4:23 pm

    How come you missed out the IBP logo… the most pathetic service provider…

  7. Karthik C (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 7:10 pm

    I have experienced the same quite a few times too…. does anybody know how and where we can complain about such incidents….

    it will be awesome if we manage to record a small video of petrol-bunks cheating in cnn-ibn style.

  8. George E Matthew (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 9:23 pm

    Go to a compnay owned petrol buk of any oil co- no problems. NEVER go to a private bunk-it is the owner of the bunk, not the suppplier who cheats

  9. Vinut (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 2:53 am

    I have experienced the meter jump without a drop of petrol to 100 rupees..!!! I never take my eyes out of meter even if the cashier asks me something. And dont pay till they fill the tank for what you have asked. This meter jump always happens at the Nandi durga road petrol bunk.

  10. Bangalore Bytes (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 3:12 pm

    A simple solution. Use Shell pumps only. They are the best!

  11. Krishna M (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 3:25 pm

    I got cheated once in the St.John’s hospital road pertrol bunk.. normally they try the 5 standard methods above, and i used to be careful in avoiding them.. once i’d asked for 100 and my attention got diverted after i saw him set it to hundred and i saw him start from 0. It felt like he cancelled in the middle and it’d taken far less time than usual.. when i confronted him , his mates came to his rescue saying he’d filled it fully for 100 bucks.. sure enough as i found out later , reached reserve in 30-40 Kms.. (this was 2 years ago and petrol was cheaper then) that translates to only 50 rupees of petrol :X(

  12. Faizan (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 9:02 pm

    The BP station at St. John’s road is worst. I have faced problem with them many times. One of my friend also had similar problems with them. One other way they would try to confuse you is, suppose you ask for petrol of Rs 1000, they would stop at 10 litres and then try to cheat you.

  13. Techflock (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 9:40 pm

    Experienced the same thing at Madhu Enterprises on Airport Road – This was a year back – I went ahead and registered a complaint on the IOC website. One of their area managers had followed up after 2-3 months and asked me to identify the culprit whom I had obviously forgotten.

    I had posted this on my site

    Go ahead and register a complaint.

    Also, act stern whenever you notice something like this. Make a difference!

  14. Prashanth (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 7:29 pm

    A lot number of petrol bunks cheat and the only thing one can do is NOT to go there again. I myself regularly fill my tank up at only 2 Petrol Bunks in the city.

    One of the worst cheater I have personally seen is the one at Hudson Circle. The smart guy seems to have literally erased the electronic meter and only if you really stare deep enough shall you be able to see the numbers (was sometime back that I filled in there, dont know current status).


  15. Balaji Viswanath (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 6:31 pm

    I too got cheated in inner ring road petrol bunk, now-a-days I am bit careful.

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