... or are these things always out of order?

My tire pressure sensor was on this morning, so I decided to swing by the gas station and top them all off. Anyone care to venture how many gas stations I had to visit before finding a functioning air compressor?

First of all, whatever happened to free air? When I worked for a gas station in high school, checking on our (free) air compressor was a daily task. We had parts on hand to repair if needed. I realize these are all contracted out to independent operators these days, but more often than not, they are out of order. Do they not care about the lost income? If the stations don’t care enough about their customers to make sure their air and water is operable, why should I give them my fuel/snack business?

I visited two in a row with quarters jammed in the slot! Simply offering free air would solve that problem. ANGER!