Who Says Nothing Is Free?

I was with a friend and stopped in at a gas station today to find that the California lawmakers have ensured that air and water at gas stations are free. This must have happened while I was away in Japan, because I remember before leaving that it used to cost $0.50 to get the air pump started at most gas stations.

free air

Personally, it’s kind of a nice thing. The actual cost never really bothered me that much, but just the concept of having to pay for air in the past always rubbed me the wrong way.


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3 Responses to Who Says Nothing Is Free?

  1. anon says:

    The air has been free for years, the requirement has always been that their can be no charge to customers or something like that.

    Many stations still have a place for you to deposit the money but just go inside and nicely ask the attendant if they could “hit the button for air.”

  2. pfadvice says:

    Looks like it was enacted in 1999 – after I left to Japan. I will have to keep my eyes open to see if I see the pay air machines and whether it is deceiving on whether the air and water is free…

  3. samerwriter says:

    Maybe if you pay 50 cents, they’ll let you use an air tank that’s not about to explode.

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