Gas Station Takes Measures to Conserve Gas

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

In one Central Kentucky city, the panic at the pump led to a very unusual sight, $5.99 a gallon gasoline at a Bath County gas station.

After speaking with the owners, they say the sign said $5.99, but they were actually selling unleaded gas for under $4.00. They say they put that on the marquee to keep from running out of gas.

Owners of Town & Country Food Mart say while trying to discourage frantic drivers from flocking to their pumps, by 3:00, the station was out of unleaded and plus gas, leaving premium and diesel the only option for customers.

We called the Attorney Generals office to see if advertising $5.99 when selling for less was legal, but the office says it is investigating each complaint individually and could not comment at this time.


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  • by Virgil Location: Richmond/Irvine on Sep 16, 2008 at 08:14 PM
    To Leslie Location: Morehead The Prices in the refineries are NOT fluctuating to reflect a higher price. Also the Gas Stations should only sale the gas at the price in which the gas they currently have in the pump not at which the price of the gas still coming to the station. We should NOT be thankful for paying 4.00 a gallon just because a third world country like Haiti doesn't have the government that is willing to step in and protect their citizens from that kind of pricing. Also its called false advertising and the AG office needs to flush these people out.
  • by Laura Location: Morehead on Sep 16, 2008 at 02:23 PM
    The communities should work together on a plan to save gas for school, business, and other events or functions in the county and towns.If we have to have 4.00 gas then we must save on everything.
  • by ladybug on Sep 16, 2008 at 11:47 AM
    No matter how the dealers try to explain it .......IT'S STILL GOUGING .
  • by Leslie Location: Morehead on Sep 16, 2008 at 08:18 AM
    With the prices at the refineries fluctuating so bad, the dealers have to charge enough to pay for what they've got in the products they have and profit enough to replenish their inventory and with prices going up, that causes our prices at the pump to go up. The refineries sell to the oil companies, which in turn sell to the Mom and Pop stores and branded dealers (Marathon, BP, Chevron, etc.) If the price at the refineries goes up 55 cents, that means the price to the dealers will go up just the same. It is just passing the buck in most cases. With the threat of hurricanes in the south, that shuts down the oil sent up North to refine to make our gas. I am just thankful that I can get gas at $4.00 when in Haiti it is over $13.00 a gallon.
  • by Joey Location: Ky on Sep 16, 2008 at 03:52 AM
    They originally said (when interviewed on television) they put the price higher on the marquee to keep people from getting off the interstate to buy it so they could keep their gas supply for the locals. Isn't that a different form of discrimination? If you're local you get the better price but if you aren't, you pay $5.99. Their reasoning doesn't hold water with me and the people of Bath County need to boycott these people. You may not be price gouging your locals but you are price gouging others. Nothing has been done by our governor except a bunch of talk. You can sign an order but without enforcement, nothing happens. By the way, it will take months to investigate and by that time the price will have come down already. I call BS on this whole thing.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 14, 2008 at 08:55 AM
    Report price gouging to the Feds http://gaswatch.energy.gov
  • by Anonymous on Sep 13, 2008 at 06:29 PM
    Gas stations charge what they want anyways, how is this really any different. It's not. But I have to agree this store shouldn't be allow to sell gas anymore.
  • by mary Location: frenchburg, ky 40322 on Sep 13, 2008 at 06:25 PM
    on thursday gas was 3.69, but on friday morning it was 4.99 and we were told that at 5:00 it would be .50 more, because they couldn't get anymore.
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Sep 13, 2008 at 03:57 PM
    Very smart on the part of the owner. A free ad on the world wide web, priceless.
  • by ladybug on Sep 13, 2008 at 09:51 AM
    People in Bath Co. should boycott this Food Mart for about a month and maybe they'd appreciate their customers and not tell them a bunch of lies.... If they were still in business.Most little stores in little towns are way overpriced on everything they sell..They gouge all year!
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