S’poreans actually managed to locate BMW involved in Caltex Tampines fiasco

The power of the hive mind.

By Belmont Lay | April 16, 2018

Within a day after it was reported that a BMW driver had allegedly refused to pay for his full tank of fuel at Caltex Tampines, Singaporeans have found the vehicle, along with a host of other information about it.

1. Hotly searched

Within several hours on April 15, 2018, typing “SLT” — the first three letters in the license plate prefix belonging to the BMW — would cause Google Search to autocomplete the entire alpha numeral string:

2. New license plate

“SLT” license plate prefix was out in August 2017:

But…

3. Forum users have come to the conclusion that the vehicle is an old model, likely 10 years old

This is due to the car’s make and worn out look.

Therefore, old car but new license plate.

The guess is that it is bought second-hand.

4. Managed to dig up the vehicle’s road tax details

Other users point to the road tax details publicly available online.

5. Car was discovered to have been parked illegally in the central western part of Singapore

This was a day after the incident.

There was apparently a parking ticket visible on the windshield.

However, forum users claimed the decal has been removed from the windscreen, so the residential address the car is registered with is not revealed.

6. Online details reveal the car purchases season parking in Tampines

7. Chinese newspaper reported someone tried to pay the outstanding bill after the incident

Translation of last paragraph: “When the reporter went to the petrol kiosk, the staff present did not want to be interviewed. The staff involved in the incident was on off that morning. But based on what another colleague said, someone came back after the incident and paid off the outstanding bill.”

Caltex has said the staff involved did not pay anything.

It is not clear if the person who allegedly returned to pay the bill is the BMW driver.

8. One forum user gave an Einstein explanation as to how the instruction of the BMW driver might have been unclear

“Pump fuel ten” means pump 10 dollars worth of fuel, but sounds like “pump full tank”.

Cool story bro.

Reliability of information

All the information presented above are publicly available and can be found via search engines and government portals open for public access.

Other information found on forums and across social media either making unsubstantiated claims and allegations or second-guessing the possible motive of the driver, have not been reproduced here.

Other details that have not been reproduced include the exact locations where the BMW was last seen.

Caltex response:

Elderly pump attendant won’t have to bear cost of fuel from BMW driver who paid S$10: Caltex S’pore

 

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