I used my CCs at the pump last summer in MT, ID, NV, AZ, UT, CO, WY and was only once asked for a zip code. Just slid it in, then out and put in $75 which was the limit. I often used a second and third CC to fill the motor home at the same pump to get around the $75 limit. (I could not use the same CC two or three times to fill.) The one time I was asked for a zip code, I pushed the speaker button and told the attendant I was Canadian and he authorized the pump manually.
I've never been asked for a zip code in the states.
SINC, BC's "stupid" rules was in response to the dragging death of a gas attendant who tried to stop a gas and dash criminal... I'm all for it if it makes the attendants' lives safer.
I'm aware of that, but when the total population is inconvenienced due to one lone incident it is overkill in the extreme. No one likes to see that type of thing happen, but to penalize everyone is, well, like I said, stupid. If a guy in BC kills someone with a bat next, should they ban all baseball?
The attendant involved in that incident should have simply called police. Had he done so, he would be alive today and those gas rules would never exist.
Even cash is a pain as they want you to pre-pay. This forces you to go in, pay more than the tank will hold, insist on a written receipt (If they don't trust you you should not trust them), then come back in and get your change.
The purpose here is to force you to use a credit card. Obviously the claim that it is to prevent drive-offs is complete bull. The additional money lost to CC fees far exceeds losses to drive-offs.
I did find that getting away from the interstate and patronizing the smaller mom & pop stations solves the problem completely.
On the rare occasion when I had deal with one of these PIA stations I left the keys at the counter then come back in and pay. I also told them how much the system insults me and suggested that if they really think I am so senile that I would drive off without paying they could come out and fill the tank for me.
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Bill C-51 is an act of Terrorism! It cannot be fixed and should be immediately repealed!