Thursday, September 08, 2005

unfair accusation dropped

This morning's news had a story about a gas station owner accused of price gouging. One report didn't even used the word "allegedly." With a listener's help, we found the phone number so Marc & Kim could call the gas station owner and ask why he was charging $7 a gallon. Jess Whitlock said that he was falsely accused and that his gas was only $3.50 a gallon. The customer who filed the complaint saw a sign on the pumps saying that she would have to pay double and got confused. Mr. Whitlock explained that the sign on the street showed the correct price of $3.50 a gallon. But his old gas pumps could only go up to $2.99 so he set them at $1.75 a gallon and put a note on the pump informing customers that they would pay double the amount shown on the pump. Later today a follow up news report explained that the attorney general was withdrawing the lawsuit.
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