If you’ve ever stopped for a snack at a local gas station convenience store, chances are you’re familiar with that jingle that plays every time the clerk scans your item. You might also be familiar with it if you’re a Sonic fan, because they both use the sound byte whenever a golden ring is collected.
Yeah. Weird. It must be some obscure manufacturer that stole the sound effect because it sounded nice, right? Well, maybe not, at least according to a YouTuber who’s built a reputation for investigating strange mysteries.
Nexpo is known for diving deep into the weird and macabre, and he wanted to figure out why these gas stations used such an iconic sound effect. His video explains the potential link between those registers and Sega Sammy Holdings:
As it turns out, the company known as Gilbarco Veeder-Root is responsible for the production of these registers. They use third-party developer support for their POS (Point of Sale) software, so there’s a possibility that Sega Sammy could be the mystery developer. It would certainly explain why this has gone on for so long without so much a cease and desist making the news for a few decades.
For our readers in the US, have you ever noticed that your gas station used that ring sound effect? If not, do you think you’ll go on a road trip to find one? Do you think there truly is a connection, or it’s all just a mix-up? Let us know in the comments below!