Ripping people off at the pumps....How widespread is it?
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    Ripping people off at the pumps....How widespread is it?

    I just saw this on AOL. If they caught that many in NJ how widespread is it?
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    WEST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) - As gas prices continue to set records in the Garden State, state officials have ticketed 350 gas station owners for ripping off motorists.

    State weights and measures inspectors discovered pricing discrepancies, inaccurate octane ratings and equipment that was improperly calibrated during a recent three-day sweep of 1,023 gas stations in all 21 counties, according to state Attorney General Anne Milgram.

    "Consumers deserve to get what they pay for, especially when they are paying record-setting prices for gasoline," Milgram said at a Thursday news conference.

    The state crackdown comes amid more complaints from New Jersey drivers that they are being ripped off as they pay gas prices hovering near $4 a gallon - not as bad as many other places in the country but still more than $1 per gallon higher than the $2.91 average price of a year ago.

    The investigation, Milgram said, was "deeply troubling," because it found that one-third of the inspected stations had violations. A similar crackdown after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 found that a quarter of the inspected stations had violations.

    Milgram said the tough enforcement will continue. The state has 3,142 gas stations.

    Milgram last week announced charges against a dozen state employees for stealing gasoline from government fill-up stations. She said then that the state would complete a follow-up audit of vehicle and gasoline use by thousands of Children and Families Department workers.

    One gas station in Somerset County was fined $800 and closed for 20 days for changing the price of gas more than once in 24 hours, a violation of state law.

    Inspectors ticketed stations that did not give motorists the amount of gas they paid for. Others charged premium prices for lower octane fuel.

    State inspectors found 46 instances where per-gallon prices were different on each side of the pump; 37 instances where the fuel grade was not posted; and 19 instances of inaccurate price totals.

    State inspectors also cited 14 stations for changing the price of gas more than once within 24 hours, a violation of state law.

    "We have no tolerance for any gas station operator who tries to scam motorists who are already struggling with record gas prices," said state Consumer Affairs Director David Szuchman.
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    Dec 2003
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    Re: Ripping people off at the pumps....How widespread is it?

    I bet most are pay before you pump stations also
    because of fear of Drive offs.

    Thieves Don't want to be Stole From.

    i'v seen stations change prices 3 times in a day here

    PA Dosn't have a Gouging law from what I'm told.

    as for price differences from the sign to the pump
    I'm still waiting to catch one.
    I will try for a tank of gas to keep me from dialing 911
    on the spot.

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    Re: Ripping people off at the pumps....How widespread is it?

    I was just amazed to find out that my Ranger . . . only came with a 12 gallon tank . . . will hold almost 15 gallons at any Wal-Mart (Murphy Oil) in Arkansas.

    Freakin Amazing!!!

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    Re: Ripping people off at the pumps....How widespread is it?

    I don't know the size of my tank

    But it took me about 104 mile for it to drop off the full

    at 16 M.P.G.

    drove to the gas station the next day.

    But in 6.786 Gallon to fill it at
    (109 Miles by then)
    and
    $3.979 a Gallon

    Which came to $27.00

    by my "Ciphering"

    I'm paying 25 Cents a Mile.

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    Dec 2007
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    Re: Ripping people off at the pumps....How widespread is it?

    Price of fuel has nearly shut me down.
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