$44 worth of gas turned into a $770 repair bill for one CSRA woman

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Monday, May 6, 2019
News 12 at 6 O'Clock/NBC at 7

Michelle Butler's car had water in its gas tank after she filled up at a station on Tobacco Road. (Source: Michelle Butler)

SOUTH AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- A state crew spent Monday checking gas at a South Augusta station after a woman claims water got in her tank.

The inspector told us he wasn't sure if the driver got the water in her tank from the gas station even after testing it.

That's not much comfort to Michelle Butler who is out hundreds of dollars because of the issue.

“I pumped $44 worth of gas in my car,” Butler said.

But she didn’t even go two miles before her car came to a complete stop. She took her car to the dealership.

“To find out that my tank is full of water,” Butler said. “About 20 percent full of gas, which is ridiculous.”

The diagnosis confirmed it. She filed an incident report and called the Department of Agriculture. She also paid $770 to fix her car.

“Hurt a whole lot,” Butler said. “I don't have money just laying around, money to just give away, so I would like my money back.”

We spotted the Agriculture Department pulling samples of the fuel of the gas station on Tobacco Road, but it could take a while before tests come back.

“Somebody didn't do their job, but I can't be held responsible for something that I can't control,” Butler said.

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