I was at the Mobile gas station on the Palisades Parkway going towards Brooklyn this past Motzoei Shabbos. While waiting for my tank to fill up, one older worker with a light grey mustache came over and started telling me that on a recent Jewish holiday, “one of your guys filled up gas here and told me that he forgot his wallet at home.” The gas attendant waited for me to offer him the $20. I asked him if he wants me to pay him the money, and he told me, “Yes, if you don’t mind,” so I gave it to him. I felt compelled to pay for this other person’s gas; I didn’t want the attendant to think that a frum person owed money for gas.
However, a friend of mine now tells me that he’s also been approached in this fashion! So the whole thing might actually be a scam, with these gas attendants taking advantage of the good nature and goodwill of frum Yidden, who want to do the right thing.
This seems to be a new thing and perhaps we can stop it in the early staged.
Thank you, Matzav.