I happened into the Arco station @ Stanley and Del Valle for gas. They have a new feature. On the top of every pump are 2-20" video screen and annoying audio play continuously. I mentioned this to my wife and she told me that when she had gassed up a few days earlier the noise was so loud that she complained. She was told by the franchisee he could do nothing about it and did not like himself. He stated that he had to pay for the energy out of his own pocket himself. He showed a number that we could call to complain to Arco if we wanted. The sound has been lowered but I still think this is similar to bill board signs. It visual and noise pollution IMO and does not have any redeeming social value.
Maybe the Weekly could do a story and interview residents about the value or lack there of on this. The number if you would like to call Arco is 1-800-322-ARCO. I will call tomorrow between 6AM - 6PM CST. Maybe they could lower the price of gas instead of spending their profits on useless tek/gimics like this.