On Your Side: Gas Price Complaints

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

News 12 at 6, September 15, 2008

AUGUSTA--Plenty of people are frustrated over the gas prices and calling what's going on out and out price gouging.

We've gotten a ton of phone calls and emails from people all over the area complaining about the price of gas.

Most feel they're being ripped off.

One viewer says "Why is it oil by the barrel is down, but it has doubled at the pumps in the Aiken/Augusta area?"

Another said "I bought gas on Washington Road yesterday for $3.55. I drove by that same station today and it was $4.50. That is a 95 cents increase. I said thank you, God, that I bought gas yesterday."

And the complaints have not just been limited to here.

The South Carolina Attorney General's Office has received more than 3,000 complaints.
The Georgia Office of Consumer Affairs received thousands too, but has widdled them down and is investigating 140 across the state.

Those investigations are beginning immediately.

In Georgia, you can be fined for anywhere between $2,000 and $25,000.
In South Carolina, the fine is $5,000 per customer gouged, an additional $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail.

So, rest assured, if a station is gouging, it will be investigated and penalized.

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  • by Grover Location: Evnas on Sep 29, 2008 at 06:39 AM
    Gas at BP on Washington Rd at National Hills and BP on Washington Rd at N Beliar in Evans gas was $4.79 gallon it was $3.79 everywhere else that had gas, and $3.65 in N Augusta
  • by anon on Sep 19, 2008 at 03:49 PM
    Yes, it's the TV stations' fault...because we can hardly expect intelligent Americans, with ready access to all the information they could ask for, to make their own decisions. No...everyone must simply do exactly what the television says! (I'd like to think we're smarter than that, but I'm beginning to wonder.)
  • by katherine Location: evans on Sep 19, 2008 at 03:35 PM
    I think it's all the TV networks fault first of all. All they do is report how bad things are and put fear in people. We have all these experts out there saying the economy is not doing good and that puts fear in people and then people don't go buy stuff and people like my husband who work in retail suffer. So please stop puting fear in people because you are adding to the problem.
  • by Daisy Location: south caronlia on Sep 19, 2008 at 12:36 PM
    I think that the people need to do something about the high gas prices because I am paying too much for gas now and I am really tried of the higg gases its to much. I would like to see a decrease in the gas prices.
  • by JOMO Location: GA on Sep 19, 2008 at 06:15 AM
    Okay folks, now that we're waking up, what do we do about it? Do you actually believe that anything will change unless we get get up and go vote in a change come election day? If we don't the soapbox hustler good old boys and their rich speculator friends will continue calling the shots for us...good luck!
  • by anonymous Location: columbus on Sep 18, 2008 at 05:23 AM
    why is this being allowed the first place? gas prices were constantly been on the rise the past few years and just now, state govenors are starting to act on this. i agree that if your company is caught price gouging, then they should be forced out of business and they be put on a nationwide notice just in case they decide to merge or sell out to another company. BP is one of the leading companies for price gouging. it seems that georgia power has increased their rates to accomodate fuel for their meter readers. something has to be done to keep the working class people from getting ripped off.
  • by ticked about gas prices Location: everywhere on Sep 17, 2008 at 04:08 PM
    America is shutting down!! we are going to be like the third world countries. mo-pads and bicycles. most people cant even afford to buy food, and they really do go hungry - here in America. something should be done about that. maybe they can reduce welfare benefits(for those people who can work and choose not too, but we are paying for it thru taxes) and put it towards the cost of gas for those who are struggling to make it to work or school. that would be some initiative for the sorry butt people to do something....
  • by Pam Location: Lincolnton on Sep 16, 2008 at 02:53 PM
    So what is the legitimate gas gouging price? I had heard that Gov Perdue had posted a $4.99 cap on gasoline, but searching the net, I have not found that only to report "gouging". I bought gas yesterday for 3.89 then this morning it was up to $5.39, ridiculos!!!
  • by Jaime Location: brunswick ga on Sep 16, 2008 at 02:35 PM
    I dont understand how gas prices can go from 3.85 to 4.99 in 7 hours on the same day. this happened at Goasis in Brunswick Ga. This is getting ridiculous.
  • by JOSEPH Location: AIKEN on Sep 16, 2008 at 12:12 PM
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