Romney says gas station’s touch-screen ordering is ‘amazing’

By David Edwards
Monday, June 18, 2012 14:16 EDT
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Mitt Romney amazed by gas station computer
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It doesn’t take a lot to impress Mitt Romney.

At a campaign stop in Pennsylvania on Sunday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee told a crowd that he had been astonished by a touch screen computer used to order food at the Wawa gas station chain.

“Where do you get your hoagies here?” Romney asked a crowd of supporters at the Cornwall Iron Furnace foundry. “Do you get them at Wawas?”

“No? You get them at Sheetz?” he wondered after several people shouted, “No!”

“Well, I went to a place today call Wawas, the candidate continued. “Some people don’t like — I know it’s a very big state divide.”

But it was the system of ordering sandwiches using a touch-screen computer that “amazed” Romney.

“I was at Wawas,” Romney explained. “I went in to order a sandwich. You press a little touchtone keypad, alright? You just touch that and, you know, the sandwich comes up. You touch this, touch this, touch this, go pay the cashier. There’s your sandwich. It’s amazing!”

During President George H.W. Bush’s failed 1992 re-election bid, he was criticized for reportedly being amazed after seeing a supermarket scanner. Unlike the Romney’s bewilderment on Sunday, Snopes determined in 2007 that the Bush scanner story was actually false.

Wawa first implemented the touch-screen ordering system in 2002.

Watch this video from MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, broadcast June 18, 2012.


(h/t: ABC News)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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