The photo below was taking while filling the tank of one of out cars. Besides noting the cost of one liter (that’s about 1/4 of a gallon): Euro1.55.9 and then notice the sticker on the right: 86 cents tax per liter.
Gas stations/gas companies place these stickers to inform customers that they are not making huge profits. They want all to know that the government is taking the biggest bite (tantamount to making a huge profit), with over half the cost being tax.
This is one more example of excess taxation in Germany. The government cashing in in more ways than in any other country in the world. Because no one questions (Germans are docile), waste is extreme.
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This is more about small oil and an example of entrepreneurship, in which clever people exploit a need and deliver a product/service. Vietnamese people are good at this sort of thing. And, obviously, strict government controls do not plague small businessmen, like they do in western countries.
The first photo show a man on a motorbike, not an uncommon sight in Vietnam. Although a bit risky, he is transporting gasoline. On first sight, I wondered where he might be taking this, since he does not need so much for his own wheels.
Being a keen observer of street life, I soon discovered his destination: a make-shift service station at the side of the highway. I soon learned that these come in various shapes and sizes, but all cater to the swarm of motorbikes not willing to pay or unable to afford Big Oil prices.
Given the rapacious nature of capitalism, I wonder how long it will take for Big Oil to coerce the government into enacting legislation that will cripple small businessmen.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.