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Cheating At The Gas Pump


THIS IS SO WORTH READING ...Written by a Georgia man

This is a true story, so read it carefully

On April 24, 2008, I stopped at a Kangaroo BP gas station, located at 1325 Main Street , Cartersville , GA. My truck's gas gauge was on 1/4 of a tank. I use the mid-grade, which was priced at $3.71 per gallon. When my tank is at this point, it takes somewhere around 14 gallon's to fill it up.  When the pump showed 14 gallons had been pumped I began to slow it down, then to my surprise it went to 15, then 16. I even looked under my truck to see if it was being spilled. It was not. Then it showed 17 gallons had been pumped.  It stopped at almost 18 gallons.

This was very strange to me, since my truck has only an 18 gallon tank.  I went on my way a little confused, then on the evening news I heard a report that 1 out of 4 gas stations had calibrated their pumps to show more gas had been pumped than a person actually got.

Here is how to check a pump to see if you are getting the right amount:

Whichever grade you are using, put EXACTLY 10 GALLONS in your tank, then look at the dollar amount, if the dollar amount is not EXACTLY 10 times the price of the fuel you have chosen, then the pumps are rigged. In my case as I said the mid-grade was $3.71 9/10 per gallon, my dollar amount for 10 gallons should have been $37.19. If I had only check the pump. It doesn't matter where you pump gas, please check the 10 gallon price. If you do find a station that is cheating, contact the Georgia Agriculture Department, and direct your comments to Tommy Irvin, Commissioner. In
other states contact proper authorities.

We need to put a stop to this outrageous cheating of customers. The gas companies are making enough profits at honest rates. Tell everyone you know about this problem.

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Comment by DoubleDown - May 8, 2008, 5:44 pm
The State of GA caught a station in extreme south GA that was cheating the customers- For every 5 gallons pumped, it shorted the cust a quart. Might not sound like much, but it adds up fast. Especially when this station is the first one in GA coming from FL on I-95 and the "savings" were as much as $0.40 per gallon . The State put padlocks on the pumps, and fined the owner $500,000, which he hasn't paid....Now the station is closed, as it should be...
truecriticComment by truecritic - May 8, 2008, 8:28 pm
The State of Michigan checks with 5 gallon and 10 gallon measured containers to make sure the gas and price lines up.   A few years back, they discovered another "cheat."   The pumps were rigged to register exactly at 5 gallons/10 gallons. But were off in any other dollar amount - naturally, in favor of the gas station.
time*treatComment by time*treat - May 9, 2008, 7:03 am
Too bad the cheated customers have to eat the losses, even after these crooks get caught. :shakes head: :shakes fist, too: :-)

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