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My simple answer is: estimate. I also offer here a more in-depth explanation in case you wonder why a gas station would put their customer through such an experience. I imagine that the reason you've struggled with this is that the system isn't exactly optimized for your particular usage scenario. Many people use credit cards or debit cards, which allows ...


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While the general answer is "enough to cover the fuel you'll pump" beware that it's not exactly unusual if it's late or otherwise high risk for the station to have little in the way of cash readily available. The money is stored in a machine that limits the rate at which it's dispensed. If you use a $100 bill to buy $20 bucks worth of gas you might have a ...


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Americans used to be able to pay after filling the fuel tank, but too many people just drove away without paying (they stole from the gas station). Most MAJOR brand gas stations (Exxon, Mobil, Sunoco, Shell, Texaco) do NOT charge more to use a credit card, but you need to check before using your credit card. Usually the sign will say "Cash" under the price ...


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You should pay enough cash to cover for the quantity of fuel you want to buy. In case you prepaid more than needed you should have no problem getting your change back from the cashier. On the other hand should you have prepaid less than needed, when refueling the machine should cut you off as soon as the prepaid amount is reached. You can always prepay a bit ...


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AFAIK in the US it is illegal to charge a different price for gas depending on payment method. So the only fees you will incur in paying by credit card is whatever the issuing bank tacks on to the current exchange rate - which is often a better rate than you get exchanging cash for USD in the first place. So just pump a full tank and pay by credit card, and ...


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Why not use a credit card and ask for a full tank? That's what I do. If you want to pre-pay in cash, it's ok to pay more than you need and get the change back. Cars usually have gas tanks that are 10-20 gallons in size. So if it is half full, estimate 10 gallons and pay for 10 x $currentpriceingallons. So if it is $3 per gallon, prepay $30 (or $40 to be ...


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So, you should prepay for however much gas you intend to buy. In most cases, you'll probably want to either fill the gas tank, or just buy an amount of gas that corresponds to a nice round dollar amount like 20 dollars, to make the transaction quick and easy. If you want to top off the tank, just prepay for an amount that you know exceeds the amount ...


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Yes, it is acceptable. However, it is etiquette that if the baby does start to make noise that you take it to the "deck" area beyond the doors (where the bathrooms, telephone, vending machines, etc.) are. This is the same protocol if you have to make or receive a telephone call, want to have a loud conversation with your seatmate, or do anything that might ...


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In my opinion Airbnb is nothing but a short-let provider. Yes people do rent out their spare rooms, and thus welcome you in their house. But they do so in exchange for money, very much like a hotel, or a bed-and-breakfast, would do. In that sense I don't think tipping is necessary. If you want to show appreciation to an excellent host, the best way to do ...


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Once a cab driver told me if you sit behind him that means you don't want to talk. If you sit diagonaly in the back, you want some chating, and if you sit in front with him, you want to talk.


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My intuition as a Londoner was that this was absolutely fine, but then I had a moment of self-doubt and worried that maybe I'd been being rude in not talking much to cabbies all these years. So I sought out this ethnographic study of cab drivers: Inside the Mind of a Cabbie (RSA) and that has confirmed my impression that the time and space are basically ...


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No it is not rude. I've lived in London most of my life and travelled in hundreds of black cabs and can assure you that cabbies really do not care what you get up to in the back of the cab -- as long as you pay the fare, give them a decent tip and don't spill food/drink/bodily fluid.


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I've been in a similar situation many times when travelling during business hours to/from meetings - or, often, when going to the airport - where I've had to jump in on conference calls where I knew it would be for the duration of the ride. I usually excuse myself before the call, letting them know that I'm going to be on a call (even if I'm not talking). ...



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