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Y2K at the pump?

I’ve asked this question at several gas stations over the last several weeks, and mostly have just received a confused look as a response. I’ve asked every station where I have stopped to refuel whether they have tried to set the gas price at $10.00/gal, just to see if it is possible. Am I the only one who remembers when gas went above $.99 for the first time? The gas stations all had to cut a hole in the metal to the left of the ‘price per gallon’ numbers in order to add an additional digit to price gas at $1.00 for the first time. Shortly thereafter we started to see digital gas pumps.
Now I am wondering, did the manufacturers of the newer pumps allow for enough digits in the price to support $10.00/gal? It seems on the surface that it should be no problem because of the digital display, but the software/firmware may not be programmed to allow for this number of digits.

I must be the only one on the planet wondering about such things. The 2 common responses I get to this question are:
1. Huh?
2. Oh, I don’t think it would ever get that high.


Photo 1 courtesy of KB35, used under the Creative Commons License.
Photo 2 courtesy of
Afroswede, used under the Creative Commons License.

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