Arco on Stanley - Video and blaring audio-infomercials Around Town, posted by Don, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 17, 2007 at 6:05 pm
I happened into the Arco station @ Stanley and Del Valle for gas. They have a new feature. On the top of every pump are 2-20" video screen and annoying audio play continuously. I mentioned this to my wife and she told me that when she had gassed up a few days earlier the noise was so loud that she complained. She was told by the franchisee he could do nothing about it and did not like himself. He stated that he had to pay for the energy out of his own pocket himself. He showed a number that we could call to complain to Arco if we wanted. The sound has been lowered but I still think this is similar to bill board signs. It visual and noise pollution IMO and does not have any redeeming social value.
Maybe the Weekly could do a story and interview residents about the value or lack there of on this. The number if you would like to call Arco is 1-800-322-ARCO. I will call tomorrow between 6AM - 6PM CST. Maybe they could lower the price of gas instead of spending their profits on useless tek/gimics like this.
Posted by PToWN94566, a member of the Walnut Grove Elementary School community, on Dec 20, 2007 at 5:03 pm
Ya I don't mean to be rude, but just ignore it. You are getting gas and once that's done with in few minutes you leave. I haven't seen those, but if they are advertising for the gas station, I don't see a problem. At least it's not some huge sign like you see on the freeways that is bright and wants to get your attention when one should be driving. If it's that annoying, get in your car while you pump gas and listen to music you enjoy.
Posted by P Ellis, a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, on Dec 23, 2007 at 9:22 am
Protest with our dollars, spend them at other merchants and tell those we don't like to use why we choose not to use them.
That is the most powerful statement a community can make. If Arco on Stanley is contributing to noice pollution, call that number and tell say you are using another brand at another station until it changes.
I'm am irritated that I can't use my credit card there, and that they charge to use a debit card.
At the bank do the same thing, start overloading the front counter by refusing to use the ATM, or change banks... we have consumer power.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Dec 23, 2007 at 9:49 am
I filled up there on Friday and the screens were off.
Their gas price is kept lower than other gas companies by not offering credit card purchases (CC companies charge merchants about 3% of sale price) and passing the ATM transaction fee onto you. I like that option. It is annoying going to other gas stations and having to pay for their CC fee if I don't pay for my gas using my CC.
Posted by Don, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 24, 2007 at 9:00 pm
I went to the station two different days this last week and the screens were off both times. I did call in and complain, like I originally posted. Maybe they are listening to the customer. As the original poster I realize that this is not a show stopper but I equate it to the frog in the pot of water that is slowly being warmed. That is all my point was.