Is this a nationwide trend? I have to say that I hate, hate, hate it. It has just started to crop up in our area. Usually, I just swipe my bank card, gas up and go. But, if I am unfortunate enough to have to use cash (gasp - not cash!!) I have to park, go inside, wait in line to pay and then go back out and pump. With everything that has been going on with difficult child, I hadn't had a chance to make a deposit this week, so we had little in our account, but have cash. On Wednesday night on my way to see difficult child in psychiatric hospital, I realized I needed gas. I pulled up to the first open pump and went inside. Gave her my $ and she said "pump 3"? I said, yeah, I guess - I didn't know they were numbered. I went back outside only to realize that I was not at pump 3 at all. I wanted $10 - guy at pump 3 wanted $20. I totally messed up their system. Geesh. I apologized to the others waiting in the line of doom. She had to get her manager from out back to sort it out. It ended up taking me 15 minutes - and several trips back and forth into the store - to finally get my $10.00 worth of gas and be on my way. At one point, the pump decided I had already received my gas, but I hadn't touched the darn thing. Hardly worth the effort. I know that this policy is in place because at $3.00+ a gallon of gas, folks are gassing up and driving off, but I hate that we all have to pay for that. Guess I am just venting about a pet peeve here, but wondered if the "Pay Before you Pump" thing is everywhere?