The caller asked if she was responsible for paying the $900 bill and Tom & Ray were right to say she wasn’t.
As a former gas jockey (aka “gas monkey”, (I pumped the gas for customers, so every now and then a customer would either: Self-serve, which they were supposed to do but was nice because it made them liable for repairs to our equipment and their car; or think that the sound of the nozzle automatically clicking off (sometimes wasn’t even the nozzle in their car) was their cue to drive away, sometimes without paying. The hose trailing from the gas door helped the cops find them pretty easy when they “stole” our gas. Most didn’t do it deliberately, they just had 100 things on their mind and #101 pushed out #87, which was that the gas nozzle was still in the filler.
For at least the last three decades gas pump hoses are outfitted with fixtures that are designed to break away cleanly when someone drives off. This was because of the rise of self-serve stations where people would drive off with the nozzle still in the filler tube. The pump also senses the problem and shuts flow of gas off. They also did this because the hose and nozzle are relatively cheap to replace, a couple hundred bucks or so tops. The nozzle can quite often be reused as they’re pretty durable, though the section of hose and its half of the fixture have to be replaced. What used to happen, before the break-away days, was the nozzle would become stuck through leverage and the torque would twist the pump itself out of shape, the nozzle would be bent, and the hose would snap and gas would gush. So now you had an entire, expensive pump that has to be repaired and isn’t making any money for the station and gas flowing, loosing more money and causing a fire and ecological hazard.
I doubt that the damage was anywhere near $900. It sounds like the station owner needs a new cabin canvas for the SS Tranny Rebuild.