It’s no new news that petrol prices are exorbitantly high – amongst everything else with a price tag these days – despite little dips in prices here and there. But imagine being charged R120 000 when filling up your tank.
Well, there’s one particular man from the suburbs of Cape Town that doesn’t need to imagine. It actually happened to him the other day.
While filling up his car with approximately 52 litres of petrol at a local Engen garage in Muizenberg, Cape Town, Sebastian De Allende budgeted to pay around R1200 plus a decent tip for the petrol station attendant. But when he looked at the receipt, he saw a jaw-dropping amount of R120 020.14.
It turns out the petrol attendant had mistakenly charged him for 5280.25 liters.
So naturally, De Allende took to Facebook to relay his movie-like experience, and to get the attention of Engen who had yet to respond to his communication attempts
“Engen I expect better! My full tank of petrol was R1 200. Your cashier took R120 020.14 from my account. This took place at Muizenberg Garage on Thursday 8 September. However, I have contacted the garage and they now need to fix this!” wrote De Allende in his post.
As with all things out of the ordinary, the picture of the receipt went viral across social media platforms, spreading like wildfire:
Jesus 😭 pic.twitter.com/NbEk3dn4vw
— K U L A N I (@kulanicool) September 12, 2022
This, we are happy to report did just the trick. Engen’s attention was grabbed and the obvious mistake was finally rectified.
A few hours later, De Allende gave an update on this Facebook page, saying the money was “immediately returned” and confirmed he had since deleted his initial post.
All’s well that ends well, but gosh imagine that. Although as someone said on Twitter, some of us with less blessed bank accounts wouldn’t find ourselves in that situation as our card would have gracefully been declined.