gas price calibration error

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twinkiex

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I just went to Circle K on Alvernon and Ft Lowel in Tucson, AZ to fill up my gallon gas container. The sign said 2.67.9 but the gallon cost me $2.84 (and I just noticed it wasnt even all the way up to the gallon line) so I went in to tell the manager and he agreed there was a calibration error and others have told him so! Thats .17 per gallon they are ripping people off.
What can I do about this? Who can I report it to?:devilish:
 


bamabikeguy

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In Alabama its the Department of Agriculture, the weights/measures/scales division.

There is a sticker on the pump,tell you which agency to contact.

THAT is a good service, hope you get a whistleblower reward !

(oh, and beware of generic gas in the engines, fuel with too much water is the usual culprit in hiccupping.)
 
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twinkiex

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I live in Tucson, AZ. The reason I was so peeved is because I fill up my car at that same station every week. I filled up at Shell couple weeks ago and the price was correct.
I think I will report this.
 
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rcjunkie

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Had same experience on Indian reservation gas station. I put 20 gallons of fuel into a car whose gas tank only held 17 gallons. Worst part was that I had a 1/8 tank of fuel when I filled her up. Weights and measures division is your best bet.
 
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gone_fishin

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i caught a station in CT several years back: when you turned the pump on, the cost went to .02 before pumping...they were fined big-time. it was before whistle-blowing was cool, so i got no reward, altho i got a huge amount of satisfaction from watching the re-calibration ceremony.

i hope you do follow thru. in my opinion, someone at the company was aware they were stealing...please keep us posted.
 
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rcjunkie

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This has been in the news for some time. Here's a national link:
http://www.commondreams.org/news2007/0703-03.htm

Usual excuses: "It costs too much to.....(get new pumps, measure accurately, treat people fairly, etc., etc.)"

Way off. Please don't introduce anything from Kucinich in response to a valid topic. People are talking about deliberate tampering of measurement devices to defraud the public. The link you provided is related to volume changes and accuracy in pump changes due to temperature changes. Not same subject. If you are concerned about fuel temps costing you 1-2 cents per gallon then fill up early in morning when fuel is cool.
 
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Dockspa1

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Ya, in the old days when there was no self service, if someone came in to put a bucks worth in his tank, they would leave it chalked up until someone came in to fill up their tank on that pump and so the pumping would start at a dollar.
It was fairly common, so that you had to look at the pump behind your vehicle before they started or you got ripped.
doc
 
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