HESPERIA – A Victorville man reached out to the community on the Facebook group, Pain in the Pass, which is known for up-to-the-minute traffic-related updates to warn them about an incident that took place at the Pilot Travel Center in Hesperia. John Castro was on his way home from work when he pulled into the Pilot Travel Center located at8701 US-395 in the City of Hesperia to refuel his vehicle on Friday at around 1:30 a.m.
When he got to the pump nothing looked out of the ordinary so he pulled out his credit card to pay at the pump. He swiped his card through the reader and attempted to input his zip code. As he did, he said the incorrect numbers were coming up on the screen. “I did it a couple of times and it canceled my transaction,” said Castro. “After it canceled my transaction I started to touch around the pin pad it was beeping like if I was pressing the numbers, so I started to wiggle it and it came off.”
Castro immediately went to speak with management, who denied that what appeared to be a credit card skimmer was not part of the pump. The female manager then walked back into the station and Castro went inside the store to pay for his gas. A second employee came out and the female manager said, “that’s him”, pointing him out to a male employee. “I was somewhat confused, he then approached me saying I broke his pump and would have to pay the damages,” said Castro. Castro said the male employee asked for his name, address, and license plate number before a second employee came out to inspect the pump.
The other employee who checked the pump was able to support Castro’s finding and determined that he did not damage the pump. Castro said that the store employee apologized for the way that they handled the situation. A 24/7 Headline News reporter contacted a Pilot Station manager and she declined to comment Saturday afternoon.
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