Letter: Send a message to gas companies

We have no choice but to buy gas on the terms they set out. However, we do have a choice where we buy the ‘add-ons.’

To the editor

Again, as in countless times before, we face the reality of an overinflated price increase in the cost of gasoline in the Okanagan. And again, there are no advance notices, no application for approval, no processes to undertake and no governing bodies requiring accountability and no apology.

A whopping 12 per cent increase this week, at a moment’s notice barely makes the news. On what other consumable or commodity would we accept this kind of increase without justifiable reason?

When pressed for accountability the response is that a major oil refinery is facing difficulties, or that stations are losing money or there is a ratio imbalance between supply and demand if indeed we get any response at all.

Well, which is it? We’d like to know.

As a typical customer frequents his neighbourhood gas station suggesting a degree of business loyalty, he pays for a product he may have purchased earlier in the day at 12 per cent less. No apologies, and no ‘Thank you for your business’—or is that because we pump our own gas and complete the payment transactions ourselves. So, we as “valued customers” are not being heard.

Can we send a message in language they understand? I think so. It is true that we have no choice but to do business with the gas stations on the terms they set out. However, we do have a choice where we buy the ‘add-ons.’ We can withdraw our support by buying car care products, washes, coffee, cigarettes, lottery, snack foods, energy drinks and fast food elsewhere.

The message: Our ‘valued’ business can be taken elsewhere.

A healthy business relationship cultures mutual and reciprocal respect. Something is out of balance here.

We have no choice but to buy our gas from the industry, but we also have the choice to buy nothing else. Will they hear our message?

Yvonne Faulkner, Kelowna

 

Just Posted

Central Okanagan to have childcare needs assessed by study

Childcare to be examined in Lake Country, Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, West Kelowna and Peachland

Okanagan table tennis players thrive at 55+ games

Nine Salmon Arm residents were tough to beat at the games in Kelowna last week

Bicycle incident on Daimer Drive in West Kelowna

One man has been taken to hospital

Bulls on parade down Glenmore

A small bull ran into traffic on Glenmore Road in Kelowna earlier this morning

Segway tours coming to Kelowna’s Myra Canyon Adventure Park

Okanagan Adventure Company are expanding the electric rides to Kelowna

‘It’s almost surreal’: South Okanagan fire chief, sidekick Sammy recap rescue mission in Bahamas

Chief Larry Watkinson and Sam the disaster dog spent 8 days assisting a search and rescue team

Swedish rock band Ghost bringing full-scale performance to South Okanagan

The Swedish rock band’s Ultimate Tour Named Death arrives Sept. 21

Canadian inflation decelerates to 1.9% as gas prices weaken

August was the sixth straight month that price growth was 1.9 per cent or higher

Defense says burden of proof not met in double murder case against Victoria father

Closing statements begin in trial for man accused of killing daughters Christmas 2017

B.C. dog breeder banned again after 46 dogs seized

The SPCA seized the animals from Terry Baker, 66, in February 2018

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

B.C. population on pace to fall behind Alberta

Provincial population could reach almost seven million in 2043, but Alberta is growing faster

Three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

Vancouver police could be using drones to fight crime by end of year

The police department has already purchased three drones, as well as three others for training

Most Read