Fleecing of America

Stunt of the Litter / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

I haven’t posted for a while so I thought I would start off with something simple.  This is another example of something that appears to simplify our lives but in fact is pilfering money from our pockets.  What am I talking about?  Propane cylinder exchange.  There was a time where we would take our 20# barbecue cylinder to a gas station to be refilled when we felt they were getting low.  We would then pay for the amount of propane that was required to fill the tank.  What do we do now?  We bring the tank that is low to a propane exchange where we exchange it for one that is full.  But wait a minute, the tank we bring in is not always empty so what happens to the extra fuel? Do we get credit for the LP gas remaining in the tank, which could be easily measured by weighing the tank.  Of course not.  Instead we give them a partially filled tank and pay full price for the filled tank we receive in exchange.  This is the equivalent of bringing your car to the gas station, completely draining your tank into the stations bulk tank and then refilling the car where part of the fuel is the same stuff you just donated to the station for free.  I’m just saying!


3 thoughts on “Fleecing of America

  1. Mike Curtis

    I agree with the refill instead of exchange. Apparently most exchange tanks are filled to 15lbs instead of 18 or 19lbs at a refill place.


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