Petrol pinch­ers

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

SIR – Sev­eral po­lice forces have said they will not be in­ves­ti­gat­ing cases of driv­ers who leave petrol sta­tions with­out pay­ing (re­port, Oc­to­ber 28).

I can’t help think­ing it would have been bet­ter if they’d kept that in­for­ma­tion to them­selves. Peter Baker

Oster­ley, Mid­dle­sex

SIR – If petrol re­tail­ers let cus­tomers fill up their tanks be­fore pay­ing for the fuel, they are fool­ishly ex­pos­ing them­selves to such be­hav­iour. The tech­nol­ogy is avail­able to en­sure that cus­tomers pay for the fuel be­fore it is dis­pensed. If the re­tailer chooses to use out­dated tech­nol­ogy, their loss is self-in­flicted. They should not ex­pect the po­lice to be their debt col­lec­tors.

I re­mem­ber a pump over 40 years ago where a £1 note had to be in­serted be­fore the petrol could be dis­pensed. Things have moved on since then. Mike Chan­dler

Newport, Isle of Wight

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