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Technology is great...Or....

Technology is great...or is it.

It is as long as it works.

But if it doesn't...


Today I was getting gas in my car.  The station was busier than normal.

I never pay at the pump.  (I know tow people who we victim of the scanners)

Anyway, I went inside and there was a long line.  Computers were down. 

The tellers could not verify the pump amounts, so even if you had cash they didn't know how much you owed.

As it turns out, if you paid at the pump that worked, but now there are people inside waiting to pay and others who wanted to get gas but could not because the pumps could not be cleared.


After about 15 minutes and some calls they were able to work stuff manually to get everyone paid.


Yes, technology is great...as long as it works!


The old cash registers never had this issue!

Comment balloon 12 commentsWilliam Feela • April 08 2016 11:58AM


There were a lot of good things about the simpler times but I guess time just won't stand still for us William Feela 

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) over 3 years ago

Hi William.  Do you remember when they used to check the oil and wash the windshield?

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 3 years ago

Ugh & Ugh!  My daughter & I had similar experience while shopping at local mall during thunderstorm.  Half the lights were out & registers were not working. Ugh!

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Most annoying when technology isn't working.  When I first started waiting tables, there were no computers, you wrote out your order and put a ticket on the order wheel in the kitchen. When everything was computerized, if they went down, kids that I was working with had no idea what to do.....it was pretty funny.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing your experience. Have a wonderful weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 3 years ago


When technology fails . . . . whats the plan B?

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago

Good that it only took a short time, my issues generally take hours to fix.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 3 years ago

Hi Bill...here's what I say about technology: "you can't live with it and you can't live without it." Have you ever been in a grocery store with computers down and the checkout kids can't compute change in their heads? Oh my....

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 3 years ago

William, technology is great, as long as it works, and a pain when it doesn't, as you found out!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 3 years ago

The world will shut down if a real catastrophe ever happens on a more global event

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 over 3 years ago

We are all used to technology and when it isn't working we are intolerant. I am the worst.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 3 years ago

William, That is so true.  The place I get my gas forces me to “go inside” … which means 2 trips in and out. One to pay and the other to get the receipt. Not very efficient. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 3 years ago