$5.99 a gallon or sold out

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 11, September 13, 2008

Augusta, GA --- $5.29 a gallon. Yes, that's what the sign reads.

"It's bad. It's bad. We don't want to, but we have to. I mean this is what we're paying for it, and we have to charge the customers what we're paying for it," Jenny Hamlet said.

Jenny Hamlet is the manager of the Four Seasons Fuel and Food on Highway 25 and Ascauga Lake Road in North Augusta. She's been working here for five years, and says the high gas prices are hard on her and her customers.

"Everywhere you go it's high. We're getting robbed." Donald Shaw said.

"We had a two day warning on this. We knew what was going to happen. So we told our regular customers, the people that come in here every day and shop with us, they knew, and they understand," Hamlet said.

Jenny says they ran out of gas Thursday night because everyone was rushing to fill up their tanks. And just down Highway 25 near I-20, we found three gas stations that were sold out of gas. In fact they sold out Friday. So the signs are posted and the pumps are covered up.

Highway 25 isn't the only place with high gas prices. Check this out, $5.99 a gallon here on State Road 88 and Windsor Spring Road in Hephzibah.

"I ain't never thought it would get that high. I never thought it would get $6.00 a gallon. It's my first time seeing it get that high. They say it'll get to seven, I don't know," Bruce Meyers said.

So while Hurricane Ike tears through Texas, he's impacting drivers everywhere.

"It's going to be hard until the hurricane deal is over with. We'll just have to suffer," Shaw said.


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  • by derrick hughes Location: GROVETOWN on Sep 15, 2008 at 05:36 PM
    CUDOS TO THE KROGER IN EVANS. GAS STATIONS ALL ALONG WASHINGTON RD. IN EVANS AND MARTINEZ WERE CHARGING RIGHT AT $5.00 A GALLON TODAY(MONDAY)WHILE THE KROGER WAS AT $4.09 FOR 87 OCTANE(THOUGH THEY WERE DOWN TO LESS THAN 5000 GALLONS LEFT IN THE TANKS ACCORDING TO THE ATTENDANT ON DUTY). HOW CAN THE SPRINT AND CIRCLE K STORES LESS THAN 2 MILES AWAY IN EITHER DIRECTION BE ALMOST A DOLLAR A GALLON MORE? THE KROGER WILL CONTINUE TO GET MY BUSINESS AS LONG AS THEY CONTINUE TO OPERATE THIS WAY WHILE THE OTHER STATIONS WILL GET NONE OF MY BUSINESS. I WOULD URGE ALL LOCAL CSRA CITIZENS TO ESSENTIALLY BOYCOTT THOSE STATIONS THAT ARE OBVIOUSLY PREYING/GOUGHING ALL OF US. HOPEFULLY, LOCAL/STATE OFFICIALS WILL ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE STATIONS THAT ARE STICKING IT TO ALL OF US!!!!!!!!
  • by Connie Location: Augusta on Sep 15, 2008 at 11:40 AM
    I saw gas prices this morning at the new Circle K on Old Belair Rd for $9.99 a gallon. They were the first station I saw to jump to $4.49, then $4.99. What is even more stupid is that there were actually people buying gas.
  • by gina Location: north augusta on Sep 15, 2008 at 06:54 AM
    so tell me why they charge $5.29 and not even 2 miles down the street it is $3.99? This is outrageous! I dont buy into this crap about they have to pay high prices for it. It is all just pure greed. The economy is bad enough these days. We need gas to work and live. I went into Walmart Thursday night and saw gas there was $3.49 when i came out 40 mins later it already went up .20! The storm hadn't even hit yet! I think these stations should be hit in their pocket the same way they are hitting ours! FINE THEM!!
  • by Cheryl Location: Martinez on Sep 15, 2008 at 03:17 AM
    Let's hope Sonny follows our neighbor to the south. Florida is investigating over 500 stations for charging $ 4 or more, siting gouging!!! It's pretty bad when even Walmart and Kroger jump on this band wagon!
  • by Dan Location: South Augusta on Sep 14, 2008 at 09:46 PM
    How could gas prices jump from $3.66 to $4.99 per/gallon in less then 12/hrs and not be considering GOUGING??? We need to report those gas stations to the authority...But then the government does not care!!!
  • by Terry Location: home on Sep 14, 2008 at 08:23 PM
    I'm not going anywhere I don't have to. When do they expect to get another shipment of gas in. That's what I want to know. I also want to thank any of the stations that did not price gouge.
  • by Lois Location: Hephzibah, GA on Sep 14, 2008 at 05:57 PM
    Words cannot express how overwhelmed I was, when the Hephzibah Express Lane, which proudly solicits local citizens to support the Hephzibah native business (I suppose a 'dig' on the Indian owned businesses on the other two corners) raised his gas prices to 5.99 on Friday evening. News 12 reported this on Saturday, I continued to watch the price in dismay while going about my business on Saturday. On my way home approx. 6 PM I noticed he had 'sold out' covering pump handles, with the 5.99 price still displayed. My husband noticed on his way home, approx 7:30 PM he had lowered his price back to 4.69, he failed to see that the pump handles were covered. ..And by the way, I saw no evidence of the 'Indian' owned business ever crossing the $5.00 mark. Appears our 'native son' betrayed his own brother!
  • by Shannon Location: Augusta on Sep 14, 2008 at 05:07 PM
    Is this an example of price-gouging? It was reported on CBS news that the national average was $3.88 a gallon, "up 7-cents since Hurricane Ike hit land." Sounds like the CSRA gas stations are not calculating thier math correctly.
  • by Linda Location: Louisville on Sep 14, 2008 at 09:45 AM
    Start shopping locally, but what is really bad is for people like my hubby and me, we HAVE to travel for a living. 4 times a month back and forth to Atl. airport, it's way to expensive to fly out of Augusta...... :-/ Hopefully you will start to see these smaller towns booming again. I live on #1 in Louisville and the traffic, though lighter than 5 years ago, just keeps a comin'!
  • by time reader Location: augusta on Sep 14, 2008 at 09:23 AM
    I HOPE ALL THE STATIONS CHARGING WAY TO MUCH GET FINED.
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