Georgians head to South Carolina for cheaper gas

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock; June 11, 2008

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. --- Georgians are seeing a price of almost $4 a gallon for regular gas. So, what are they doing? Heading across the border for a deal.

Gas is almost 20 cents cheaper just across the border in South Carolina, compared to Augusta's price. A lot of people from Georgia are taking advantage of the cheaper prices.

It seems every time you check your gas receipt, you're paying more and more for gas. Now, Steve Robinson's got a plan.

"I'm trying to make every trip count," says Steve.

Count, because in Georgia, you'll see prices at $3.99 a gallon, and $3.90 at another gas station right across the street.

So now, a sign right near the Savannah River got it right. Georgian's are saying, "I'm going... across the border."

Welcome to South Carolina, where the gas is much cheaper.

News 12, "How often do you do this?"

Phil Hanes, Martinez, "We don't do it that often but since the price of gas is $4, we've started doing that."

With so many people border crossing for cheaper gas, you can almost say the gas stations in North Augusta are, organized chaos.

May Kay Sykes is a regular gas pumper in the Palmetto State.

News 12, "You say you've been doing this for 2 years now?"

Mary Kay, "Yeah, yeah."

News 12, "Why?"

Mary Kay, "Because the cost of gas for the last 2 years have been significantly less in South Carolina than Georgia."

Then, some like Steve Robinson use this very legitimate excuse.

"I work over here and live in Georgia, but it's cheap for me to stop on my way home from work."

News 12, "On your days off, you ever come from Georgia to South Carolina?"

Steve, "There's been times."

News 12, "How many times?"

Steve, "More than I can county on my hand."

All this, for the cheaper gas. Now, Phil doesn't plan to stop.

"It's not all that inconvenient for us. We'll probably be over here as long as South Carolina does this. I have a feeling they might catch up on the Georgia side," says Phil.

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