Gas Station Owner Will Stop Selling Fuel Until Prices Come Down

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Soaring oil prices drive gas costs up even more across the country.

Lawmakers in Washington questioned oil company executives about the record profits in light of a struggling economy.

In the past 12 months, crude oil has doubled in price and drivers are in sticker shock.

The national average at the gas pump is a record 3.81 a gallon a 19 percent spike over last year.

Prices have shot above four dollars a gallon in parts of Pike County and they're around $3.90 in most of the region.

WYMT's Dara Rees talked to one Perry County gas station owner who says he's turning off his pumps until prices drop.

As gas prices edge closer and closer to the four dollar mark, some say they've had enough, including the owner of the Bubby Combs BP Station.

Combs says he doesn't want to see his customers paying an arm and a leg for his gasoline, so he says he's stopped selling gas until the prices go down.

BP Owner and Perry County Magistrate Bubby Combs says he stopped selling gas when it hit $3.75.

“It's just hard on people paying this price and a lot of people kept buying gas from me, I know they couldn't afford to pay the price, but they were doing it just as a friend. I figure if I quit selling gas they can go to Smitty's or Wal-Mart or somewhere they can get a good price,” Combs said.

Though many of his customers don't seem to mind!

“I really don't blame him. Gas prices are ridiculous and people can't afford it,” Candice Combs said.

Customers say they are proud that Combs is making a stand against the high gas prices.

They say they don't want to pay the high prices either, but now they have to find somewhere else to go fill up.

Combs says he still sees a lot of customers coming to his store, most of them having to cut back on their own due to the rising costs.

“All my money goes to gas I can't afford anything else. It takes every penny I have just to get around,” Candice Combs said.

“People always bought off of Bubby because they liked him, but if he can't make no money, he can't sell it,” J.W. Hurt said.

“That's what we need to do, quit selling gas, maybe we'll get everybody to bring it down some,” Bubby Combs said.

Until the prices go down, some say they would rather saddle up than pay the price.
Bubby Combs says he will consider selling gas again when he can sell it for less than $3.50 per gallon.

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  • by Jerry Location: scottsboro al. on Sep 13, 2008 at 04:25 PM
    If more gas stations shut down, would this be be more effective then people boycotting and not buying gas?
  • by joe Location: washington on Jun 3, 2008 at 12:59 PM
    Our shop is having a hard time and we may to shut down and many of us will be forclosed on and loose our homes. DSHS here we come... Would the last one leaving Seattle please turn off the lights!
  • by me Location: hazard on May 23, 2008 at 08:53 AM
    I wonder when the truth comes out as to why he really had to stop selling gas, will the tv do a story on that. when I read these comments (write him in as president) I laugh because this is a true media story, everyone in this area know the truth, it's funny how a news story can make a hero!
  • by Ricky Location: Lyman Maine on May 23, 2008 at 12:18 AM
    Im glad that this man is doing this. I mean people need to take a stand for once. You are one of those hero's people need to look at
  • by neighbor Location: bulan ky on May 22, 2008 at 11:08 AM
    maybe he HAD to stop selling gas, he Had to stop taking food stamps, you people from out of town don't know the whole story. us the neighbors do.
  • by Anonymous Location: Perry County on May 22, 2008 at 09:57 AM
    When I bought the Hazard-Herald Wednesday morning and first read this story, I wanted to go and personally shake Mr. Combs hand for refusing to sell gas and put any more money in George Bush's pocket. I think the nation should go on strike by refusing to go to work, shopping, or anything that isn't an emergency for about a week or until the prices come down. If they're not selling any gas the demand will be down so they will have to bring the prices down too. It will take everyone coming together and refusing to buy gas in order to fight this. I'm willing to take some days off for the good of the country.
  • by karen Location: pike on May 22, 2008 at 09:33 AM
    Hey, it's about time someone took a stand for the working people. It seems no one else cares about us. It's not election time for, so who cares about our votes. Lets remember this when they want our votes in a year or two. I guess they get a gas card and don't have to buy their gas.
  • by hazard Location: sonya on May 22, 2008 at 09:15 AM
    Good job and we appreciate it, were you buying your gas from that Whitesburg fellow? if so then that might also be a good reason to switch to another supplier.
  • by Jay Location: Letcher on May 22, 2008 at 06:38 AM
    Good for you Mr. Combs!! If all the independent owners would do like you and force to oil companies into reality, we may see prices go down..
  • by Freda Location: Lexington on May 22, 2008 at 06:22 AM
    Hay Bubby you are a true American and i would love to see this happen in other areas. Maybe we can write your name on the November Ballot for President nobody else is willing to stand up and be counted. MAY GOD BLESS YOU !
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