Motorists vent anger at attendants
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
FRUSTRATED motorists are venting their anger over rising fuel prices on bowser attendants, according to fuel industry operators.
The price is continuing to creep up in Gladstone and is now more than $1.10.
Some operators have reported that a few motorists were demanding petrol pump operators perform more services on vehicles because they are paying more for fuel.
Caltex Boyne River's Darryl Branthwaite said it was unfair for people to take out their anger on bowser operators who were just doing their job.
'It's not the local servo's fault the price of fuel is going up,' he said.
Mr Branthwaite said the abuse was not coming from regular customers or travellers from other states.
'People coming from Victoria and NSW are used to paying 10 cents a litre more than we do,'he said.
'The gutless ones are usually people we don't normally see at our service station.''
Phil Giles, the business development manager for Reliance Petroleum, which has two service stations in Gladstone, said the blame for the increased fuel costs was misdirected.
He said real fault was the rising cost of oil, and refining and freight costs.
He said it was a problem the world over, not just in Gladstone.