Singapore car refuels in Johor, leaves without paying

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Here is a curious case of a Singaporean car filling up in Johor and driving away without paying. Curious because we don’t know exactly how it happened – maybe you can help us.

So here is the case. The Singapore registered Kia Sorento you see here bought diesel from a gas station in Bukit Indah, JB. Except that the driver did not buy the fuel, because he would have left the station after refueling, without paying. The gas station then posted a notice and a CCTV screenshot of the Kia, asking the owner to come back and settle the bill.

As with most crimes these days, it went viral, being picked up by social media pages in Singapore. The legend on the SGRV Admin Facebook Page reads: “Kia Sorento Diesel failed to make fuel payment at Bukit Indah, Johor. Gas station cashier Bukit Indah JB asks to post”. They did a license plate search for SNA 9151 S and the official info shows 2.2D, so it’s diesel that would have been stolen.

By the way, unlike RON 95 gasoline, Singaporean vehicles are allowed to pump diesel in Malaysia, but the purchase is limited to 20 liters per day at gas stations within 25 km of the border Malaysia-Singapore (Bukit Indah is within the zone). The price of diesel in Singapore is around S$3 (RM9.60) per liter and in Malaysia subsidized diesel is capped at RM2.15 per liter for Euro 5 B10 and B20 blends. Based on these prices and the 20L limit, the savings for the Kia Sorento is RM149.

Not paying for what you bought is not fair. Singapore residents are already saving so much (more so with the current SGD-MYR exchange rate) and surely going viral for a saving of less than S$50 isn’t worth it? Inflation is rising everywhere (news flash to Malaysians: yes, even in SG), but unlike Malaysia, you’re pretty well off if you have a car, and this is the latest Sorento, not a Picanto. There’s also a chance that the driver really forgot, of course.

But what intrigues us is how it happened. Presumably the Kia driver made a cash purchase and the cashier didn’t ask for payment before authorizing the pump? It’s quite the norm for them to ask to hold cash for full tank purchases, so maybe this transaction slipped through. What do you think?

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