WE are always talking about the ‘good old days’ when the cost of living was lower than it is today – a fact inadvertently proved by one Leven business recently.
A computer glitch at Lambert’s Garage on Scoonie Road temporarily set prices at its petrol pumps to levels not seen since 2002.
At the massively reduced 74.9 pence per litre for petrol and 76.9 pence for diesel, word quickly spread and savvy motorists rushed to fill their tanks, at the garage’s expense.
Scott Lambert, who is a partner in the family business, which has been in the town for over 50 years, estimated the petrol station lost about £2000 worth of takings in the four-and-a-half hours before the mistake could be rectified.
Commendably taking the loss in good spirits, he told the Mail: “Some people had a lucky day, but it wasn’t for me.
“We sold a lot of fuel that morning but there is nothing we can do about it.
“The computer system had crashed, as it sometimes does, and one employee, who had just started her shift, re-booted it and it restarted – setting the prices to its original settings when it was installed.
“She started at 7am and I came in about 11.30am. One customer said to me there was something wrong on the pumps and that was when I checked.
“I reset the prices but I think word had spread as some people came in the afternoon and just drove right through when they saw it was back to normal.”
However, despite the financial loss, Mr Lambert said he didn’t blame his employee and took some comfort from one honest customer.
He added: “Someone came back in on the Monday and said obviously there had been a mistake, and offered to pay the difference.
“I think it was about £21 but I told him not to worry about it.”