West Allis pumps up prepay method for gas stations

Sept. 24, 2012

Gas drive-offs will be a thing of the past in West Allis after the Common Council on Tuesday voted to make all drivers prepay at the pump.

The West Allis Police Department requested the restriction because patrol officers have to respond to so many gas thefts.

Gas stations that fail or refuse to convert pumps for the prepay approach will risk loss of their business licenses, under the new ordinance. Short of that, police will no longer investigate gas thefts where prepayment is not required.

Prepayment can be in the form of a credit or debit card, cash, check or any other legal means of payment.

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