Stations cheated drivers, agriculture chief reports

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KINGSLAND, Ga. --- State inspectors locked down the gas pumps at two Camden County truck stops Tuesday after finding that customers were being shorted on their purchases, Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said.

An inspector from the Georgia Department of Agriculture seals a pump after checking it at Cisco Travel Plaza in Kingsland, Ga.  Morris News Service
Morris News Service
An inspector from the Georgia Department of Agriculture seals a pump after checking it at Cisco Travel Plaza in Kingsland, Ga.

Inspectors found seals were broken on the pumps at the Cisco Travel Plaza off Interstate 95 near Exit 1 and at the Cisco Travel Plaza near Exit 6.

Comparing the actual volume of gasoline pumped with the amount indicated on pump gauges, they found each pump shorted customers by as much as one quart for every five gallons, Mr. Irvin said.

Both stations are popular places for people headed to and from Florida because of lower gas prices in Georgia and their proximity to the state line.

Mr. Irvin described the problem at the two stations as possibly "one of the worst we've had recently."

The investigation was ordered after an anonymous tip, and several complaints by customers, he said in a news release.

Inspectors strung yellow rope between the pumps to stop customers from fueling their vehicles.

After each pump was tested, an inspector wound a thin cable around the gas pump handle that locked it to the pump so nobody could use it until the gauges are calibrated correctly.

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peewee1157
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peewee1157 02/14/08 - 03:15 am
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they should be close. for

they should be close. for good

WhiskyDick
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WhiskyDick 02/14/08 - 04:43 am
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Yeah, peewee, and if you've

Yeah, peewee, and if you've ever been given too much change back after making a purchase and didn't return it, you should be shot.

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 02/14/08 - 07:21 am
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I think they should be fined

I think they should be fined for fraud.

SunDown
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SunDown 02/14/08 - 09:45 am
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They should be charged with

They should be charged with fraud, no question about it. They broke the law. My only comment is that if the damn Federal Government didn't tax gasoline at such an extreme rate than business owners may be able to turn more of a profit and not feel like they are getting screwed. The Government makes more than 10 times the profit on a gallon of gasoline than the business does!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 02/14/08 - 11:03 am
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That may be, but in return

That may be, but in return screw your fellow citizen who is struggling also and also getting screwed by the gov in gas and other ways? How about the business not pay their taxes if they want to screw the gov and make them selves feel better about getting cheated. Noooo chicken poops are scared to go to jail or w/e so they screw innocent motorists who are already getting screwed by the gas prices, we get double screwed. 9 times otu of 10 the owner intentionally done it, sorry [filtered word]!!!

SunDown
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SunDown 02/14/08 - 11:13 am
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TakeAstand... I am not

TakeAstand... I am not defending this particular POS. I agree with you. I just hate the thought of the Government making so much profit off a gallon of gas without actually producing anything. Anyway... ditto your words.

MyOpinion2
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MyOpinion2 02/14/08 - 11:06 pm
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There should be random checks

There should be random checks at ALL GAS STATIONS to make sure they stay honest. Greed is the root of all evil. I hope the owners do NOT claim to be church goers.

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