Monday, August 12, 2013
Outside The Box and Working: A Full Service Independent Gas Station
This is an older, independent filling station. They have a convenience store ("Cheap Smokes, Pop & Snacks"), but that's not the principle draw for their business. It is located on a busy but out-of-the-way road through an older, declining neighborhood in a small town in Oklahoma. Their gas is priced about the same as the other self-serve stations in town. It is 100% gasoline, no ethanol.
The owners, a man and his wife, pump your gas for you when you drive up. They took my out-of-state check without question.
Because they pump the gas, they are VERY fast and my car is filled up & I am on my way "sooner" than if I were doing the work myself. At 105 degrees, I was able to sit in my cool car while they put the gas in. Last winter, I stayed in the warm vehicle and didn't have to hold that freezing metal nozzle!
An outdated building, an outdated location, an outdated concept. I am betting they don't have a Facebook page or business Twitter account.
And there is a double line of cars three deep every time I go there. These pictures were taken at different times on different days.
People, THAT is customer service. THAT is figuring out a way to make a living with what you have.
American Free Enterprise is stubbornly alive and well and working hard, despite the best efforts of marketing sophisticates and government bureaucrats.
God bless America, and Americans like these! :-)