A driver filled up three cars with petrol wrongly thinking there had been a mistake and he was only being charged £1.
Mike Ind, a Bristol DJ, had to swallow his pride after posting on Facebook about the chance for free petrol, as he then admitted “thinking it was too good to be true.”
He first wrote that there was something amiss with the pumps at Tesco because he was only charged £1 when he put in £40, reported BristolLive.
And he recommended to his friends and followers on Facebook to take advantage – saying he’d got two other cars and filled them up too before the problem was fixed.
But his bubble was burst when someone pointed out that the £1 charge on his bank card statement was the standard authorisation amount that allows customers to refuel after putting in their card with the ‘pay at pump’ system. Then the actual amount of the fuel – minus the £1 is taken out of a customer’s account later.
Mike’s post admitting the mistake was shared thousands of shares, but he was happy to laugh it off.
“What a w***er I am. Thought it was too good to be true,” he said. “Never get anything in life for free and I don’t know how I managed to get this far in life.”
The post left many people in stitches, with some users saying they would also have thought there was a £1 offer on fuel.
One admitted: “Something I’d do tbh,” while another added: “If I didn’t know I for sure would’ve done this.”
He later changed his Facebook profile to a mock-up of himself at a petrol pump.
Later he said he was “shocked” at the way the mistake went viral but was happy “so many people found it funny”.
“I even had people in two shops stop & talk to me as (they’ve) seen the piece and it made them laugh,” he wrote on Facebook. “Obviously I was just having a laugh with friends on here, which if anyone knows me knows I don’t mind taking the mickey out of myself as life is hard at times especially these last few years so laughter always helps,” he said.
“It’s quite nuts really but (I’m) glad my moment has made people laugh a bit (even if it was at my expense, which I don’t mind) as life is short so sometimes we need to remember to laugh and have fun. Will never change how I am even if it mean having a laugh at myself,” he added.