A Port Elizabeth policewoman took it upon herself to raise funds for a local petrol attendant after a customer drove away without paying.
Port Elizabeth, South Africa (30 June 2018) – Suzette Ludeke, a police officer serving in the Port Elizabeth traffic department, found out that a local petrol attendant was left with a hefty bill after a motorist left the premises without paying.
“Drive-offs” have spiked in South Africa after more fuel price hikes this year. Over the past few weeks petrol station owners around the country have reported incidents where motorists refuel their vehicles and drive off without paying.
Drivers are set to pay more than R16 a litre for petrol next month, a record price in South Africa.
In most cases, the amount stolen when a motorist drives off, is recovered from the petrol attendant who was serving them.
“Unfortunately it’s life, even if you work as a cashier and you are short, it is your responsibility. Its humans who are doing this to one another, it’s humans who have no compassion to other’s feelings,” Suzette explains.
Patrick recently had a motorist drive away, leaving him with a shortfall of almost R1000… a massive bill for the petrol attendant to pay for, especially since he is also an expecting father.
Patrick approached Suzette to ask if she would be able to trace the driver based on the registration number but after hearing about the ordeal, Suzette immediately decided that she would raise the amount that was owed to him… proving that the smallest acts of kindness from individuals can amount to way more than expected.
In total, she managed to raise almost R4000 and collected a massive baby hamper to hand over to the petrol attendant.
“I want to say thank you to each and every person who made this night special, for blessing Patrick for the kind person he is. After losing money due to a motorist who felt fit to leave the premises without paying he got triple back!
And I hope the motorist sees this.
Thanks to Charity Projects PE for the big baby hamper, camping cot etc… it is amazing and to all my friends who donated money. Thank you for all the beautiful blankets and baby nappies from friends and to the Lorraine Neighbourhood Watch. Thank you to Peter Graham – The Chairperson – and patrollers and all friends who was there to make his evening special. Bless each and every person who helped me to bless him.”
Port Elizabeth is indeed the friendliest city in South Africa!