Canadian Tire's 5 Cents Off Per Litre Event
Anyway the lineup for gas was packed and when I got a spot to fill my car, I noticed that they had a bunch of staff with clipboards talking to everyone as they filled their cars. The guy came up to me and gave me a promotional scratch card and asked how I'd feel about saving 10 more cents per litre today and 5 cents per litre in future visits. I knew where he was going with it and said if it involved signing up for a credit card, then I had absolutely zero interest. We cut the conversion short at that point and he moved onto the next car.
I overheard a guy inside mentioning that he was told he'd get 10 more cents off per litre when he was paying, and realized he must have signed up for their credit card offer for the extra savings. I found the whole situation uncomfortable - I get that it's everyone's choice whether to sign up for a card or not, but I feel like Canadian Tire tried to take advantage of the public by pushing their credit card on unsuspecting people in a vulnerable place after reeling them in with their gas promotion. There was no way to avoid being approached by them if you went to get gas that day. I guess it's a lesson of knowing not to trust that companies are doing something for our benefit. There is always something more to it that will benefit them in the long run.
Does this kind of tactic bug anyone else? The last thing I want to do when pumping gas is deal with someone trying to sell me something that I don't need. I worry for people who fell for the sales pitch and will rack up debt on their card that they agreed to on the spot.