State fines 30 Ga. gas stations for price gouging

By: Associated Press/WRDW
By: Associated Press/WRDW

March 18, 2009

ATLANTA (AP/WRDW) -- Another local gas station is in trouble for gas gouging after Hurricane Ike slammed the Gulf Coast in September.

The Pilot Travel Center at 2091 Jimmie Dyess Parkway will have to pay restitution and a $20,000 fine.

The Super Express at 3150 Wrightsboro Road was already in trouble. They had to pay a $5000 fine and restitution.

If you have receipts from those stations, you could get some money back.

More than 30 Georgia gas stations have paid fines to the state Office of Consumer Affairs over alleged price gouging.

Some stations have to pay up to $10,000 in fines to the state, while others must refund money to customers who can prove they bought gas during the price spike. The list includes a $20,000 fine against nine Tennessee-based Pilot Travel Center stations.

The stations are among 200 the state is investigating over complaints of unfairly raising gas prices when hurricanes shuttered several Gulf Coast oil refineries and left several southern states without enough gas.

Under state law, businesses have to prove they were making the same profit with their elevated prices as they were before the governor activated the anti-gouging statute.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press/WRDW. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by bam52085 Location: Aiken on Aug 17, 2010 at 09:46 AM
    The people will not be getting their money back. The state will get the money, not the people. But either way, it's still a great thing that the government is not letting the gas stations get away with it.
  • by lesley Location: scottdale,ga 30079 on Mar 18, 2009 at 04:31 PM
    i think that is only fair that they pay those people their money back. knowing that our ecomony is in very bad condition. that's great that our goverment is keeping it under control. good job.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2009 at 02:01 PM
    Good! People taking advantage of a bad situation for others are only thinking of themselves!!
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