US expat points out the differences between Australian and American petrol stations in viral TikTok

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An American woman living in Australia has pointed out the biggest differences between petrol stations in the two countries Рfrom pre-paying at the pump to a noticeable lack of alcohol. 

Katy, who is living in Queensland, said while Aussie petrol stations aren’t that dissimilar from those in the US, there are a few key differences.¬†

In a TikTok clip, Katy, who goes by Ameristralia, tells her American followers what to expect when filling up the car with petrol at an Aussie servo. 

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An American expat living in Queensland has pointed out the 'key' differences between Aussie and US petrol stations from not being able to buy booze and paying after you pump

An American expat living in Queensland has pointed out the ‘key’ differences between Aussie and US petrol stations from not being able to buy booze and paying after you pump

She said most US gas stations require customers to pay before they pump instead of afterwards like in Australia.   

‘At the pump in Australia you get the petroleum first and then you go inside and pay for how much you used.¬†In the US most of them are pay at the pump,’ she explained.¬†

‘You can also go inside and pre pay and then go back to the pump and it will still dispense that much gasoline. There are a couple of rare areas in the US where people will pump the gas for you.’¬†

Katy said the stores are much bigger than those in Australia and even sell alcohol ‘or at least beer’.¬†

‘US gas stations are allowed to sell alcohol and a lot of them will have small cafes or places to get coffee and things inside,’ she said.¬†

‘In the US it’s called a gas station. Gas is short for gasoline, in Australia its a petrol station, petrol is short for petroleum you can also call it a servo,’ Katy added.¬†

Katy wrote Australians ‘get real salty over the word ‘gas” in the clip’s caption and said she was sure there is ‘some scientific difference between gas and petroleum’ but encouraged viewers to look it up themselves.¬†

Petrol vs gas: What’s the difference?¬†

Petrol and gasoline are two different terms for the same fuel that is used in an internal combustion engine. 

Petrol and gasoline are actually the same thing; just different words. 

These two words have the same meaning, with the only difference being in the places where the words are used. 

The term ‘petrol’ is used in UK, Australia, India and a few other places, while ‘gasoline’ or ‘gas for short’ is used in the United States.¬†

That is the only difference between the two terms

Source: differencebetween.info 

‘Gas is sold by the gallon and petrol is sold by the litre. The unit is a smaller unit of measurement so consider that when comparing price points,’ she said adding one gallon is equal to about 3.79 litres.¬†

The expat’s video has been viewed more than 255,900 times and hundreds of comments from Australians.¬†

‘Why would they sell alcohol at a place you are about to be driving?’ one Aussie wondered.¬†

‘Aussie servos can still set a cash limit and some are bigger with cafes and stuff,’ argued another.¬†¬†

‘As an Aussie a big difference I noticed with some US stations is that you guys only had one nozzle and select the grade. We have one nozzle per grade,’ a third pointed out.¬†

‘So in the US if you want to fill your tank but you don’t know how much exactly it’s going to cost. What do you do,’ a fourth queried.¬†¬†

Many were debating the difference between petrol and gas with many claiming they are the same thing. 

‘There is no difference between gasoline and petroleum except petroleum is the correct term,’ one fan wrote.¬†¬†

‘We call it petrol because it’s not a gas, it’s a liquid,’ joked a second.¬†

‘Most cars run on petrol some cars are run on gas(LPG),’ another replied.¬†

In another video, Katy shared her confusion over Australian crisp flavours while browsing the snack aisle at Coles. 

She¬†caught the attention of thousands online after admitting she had ‘no idea’ what certain chip flavours taste like.

In a now-viral video she pointed out the Kettle ‘Kakadu Plum’ and ‘Lemon Myrtle’ chips, sparking a flood of comments from Aussies.

‘When you try to buy chips in Australia and have no idea what any of the flavours mean,’ Katy wrote in the video.

A US expat has been confused after browsing the snack options at Coles. In a TikTok video, Katy admitted she had 'no idea' what certain chip flavours taste like

A US expat has been confused after browsing the snack options at Coles. In a TikTok video, Katy admitted she had 'no idea' what certain chip flavours taste like

A US expat has been confused after browsing the snack options at Coles. In a TikTok video, Katy¬†admitted she had ‘no idea’ what certain chip flavours taste like

In a now-viral video she pointed out the Kettle 'Kakadu Plum' and 'Lemon Myrtle' chips, sparking a flood of comments from Aussies

In a now-viral video she pointed out the Kettle 'Kakadu Plum' and 'Lemon Myrtle' chips, sparking a flood of comments from Aussies

In a now-viral video she pointed out the Kettle ‘Kakadu Plum’ and ‘Lemon Myrtle’ chips, sparking a flood of comments from Aussies

Katy moved to Queensland five months after visiting Down Under for the first time and the video has since been viewed more than 367,000 times.

In the comments she claims to have quickly searched for descriptions of the flavours while down the supermarket aisle as the snack options were ‘completely new’ to her.

Many were swift to clarify the flavours are indigenous to Australia and taste ‘amazing’.

Many were swift to clarify the flavours are indigenous to Australia and taste 'amazing'

Many were swift to clarify the flavours are indigenous to Australia and taste 'amazing'

'They are deadly delicious. If you want something real good, try green ant jam,' one person wrote, another added: 'Anything lemon myrtle is amazing.'

'They are deadly delicious. If you want something real good, try green ant jam,' one person wrote, another added: 'Anything lemon myrtle is amazing.'

Many were swift to clarify the flavours are indigenous to Australia and taste ‘amazing’.¬†‘They are deadly delicious. If you want something real good, try green ant jam,’ one person wrote, another added: ‘Anything lemon myrtle is amazing’

‘They are deadly delicious. If you want something real good, try green ant jam,’ one person wrote, another added: ‘Anything lemon myrtle is amazing.’

‘Tbf (to be fair), as an Aussie I don’t actually know the flavours either. but you either go ‘interesting enough to try’ or ‘I don’t even want to try that’,’ a third added.

Others shared their favourite chip flavours and offered recommendations for what Katy should try. 

Poll

What’s your favourite chip flavour?

  • Sea Salt 123 votes
  • Honey Soy Chicken 57 votes
  • Salt & Vinegar 125 votes
  • Sour Cream & Onion 68 votes
  • Light & Tangy 18 votes
  • BBQ 21 votes
  • I can’t choose! 26 votes
  • Other 62 votes

‘Have you even tried Honey Soy Chicken [or] a Kettle style chip? There’s a reason we’re obsessed,’ one person asked, but Katy admitted the popular honey soy flavour didn’t appeal to her tastebuds.¬†

Another added: ‘Sweet chilli & sour cream are amazing (Red Rock I think).’

‘All you need to know is light and tangy and get nothing else,’ a third said.

‘Our chips are Godlike, buy one of each,’ another admitted.¬†

Some also called out the expat and seemed to take offence after watching the short video.

‘Yeah, we like flavours besides cheese and bacon. Another revelation from an American who is shocked that another country is, in fact, not America,’ one person wrote.

Another added: ‘It means we have taste buds still and don’t solely rely on MSG and sugar.’

But Katy replied: ‘It’s interesting, I’m sure you’d be intrigued by other flavours you [haven’t] seen before.’