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09-22-2007 #1twinkiex Guest
gas price calibration error
I just went to Circle K on Alvernon and Ft Lowel in Tucson, AZ to fill up my gallon gas container. The sign said 2.67.9 but the gallon cost me $2.84 (and I just noticed it wasnt even all the way up to the gallon line) so I went in to tell the manager and he agreed there was a calibration error and others have told him so! Thats .17 per gallon they are ripping people off.
What can I do about this? Who can I report it to?
In Alabama its the Department of Agriculture, the weights/measures/scales division.
There is a sticker on the pump,tell you which agency to contact.
THAT is a good service, hope you get a whistleblower reward !
(oh, and beware of generic gas in the engines, fuel with too much water is the usual culprit in hiccupping.)
Last edited by bamabikeguy; 09-22-2007 at 07:43 PM.
09-22-2007 #3twinkiex Guest
I live in Tucson, AZ. The reason I was so peeved is because I fill up my car at that same station every week. I filled up at Shell couple weeks ago and the price was correct.
I think I will report this.
i will try to find a link for you
09-23-2007 #5rcjunkie Guest
Had same experience on Indian reservation gas station. I put 20 gallons of fuel into a car whose gas tank only held 17 gallons. Worst part was that I had a 1/8 tank of fuel when I filled her up. Weights and measures division is your best bet.
09-23-2007 #6gone_fishin Guest
i caught a station in CT several years back: when you turned the pump on, the cost went to .02 before pumping...they were fined big-time. it was before whistle-blowing was cool, so i got no reward, altho i got a huge amount of satisfaction from watching the re-calibration ceremony.
i hope you do follow thru. in my opinion, someone at the company was aware they were stealing...please keep us posted.
09-24-2007 #7az cra-z Guest
Yep, it's a ripoff
This has been in the news for some time. Here's a national link:
Usual excuses: "It costs too much to.....(get new pumps, measure accurately, treat people fairly, etc., etc.)"
09-24-2007 #8rcjunkie Guest
09-24-2007 #9Dockspa1 Guest
Ya, in the old days when there was no self service, if someone came in to put a bucks worth in his tank, they would leave it chalked up until someone came in to fill up their tank on that pump and so the pumping would start at a dollar.
It was fairly common, so that you had to look at the pump behind your vehicle before they started or you got ripped.
10-10-2007 #10larymor Guest
First I ever heard of that one....makes sense though.
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