Tag: Self-serve

Let’s Gas Up at the Gas-a-Teria!

 

Gilmore Gas-a-Teria at night 1948

In 1948, the first self-serve gas station was opened in the United States. The station was in Los Angeles, the car capital of the country, on Beverly Boulevard just past Fairfax Avenue and was operated by Gilmore Oil. Gilmore Oil was a large, local oil and gas company well known in southern California. Gilmore called these self-service stations “Gas-a-Teria’s”. The Gas-a-Teria was a massive station for the time featuring eight islands with three pumps per island. The self-serve gas saved the customer five cents per gallon and the attendants at the station were young women.

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They recently installed self-serve kiosks in my local McDonalds, where I dine far more often than I probably should.   So far, I’ve eaten there four times since the machines were installed and I haven’t noticed a reduction in staff, merely a mighty improvement in service. Before the machines, the ordering process was an unholy mess. Nobody […]

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Lent and nostalgia lured me to McD’s today for a Filet-o-Fish, the fast-food Friday alternative o’ my childhood.  I hadn’t been there in a while and apparently, they’d remodeled in my absence.   A few registers remain up front for people paying in cash but there are now 4 large kiosks out on the main floor […]

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