Hundreds Log Gas Gouging Complaints

Hundreds of North Carolina consumers are reporting gas stations have unfairly increased prices as Hurricane Ike barrels toward the Gulf Coast.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said Friday that his office has
received more than 425 price gouging complaints.

Cooper said some of the most jarring allegations have come from
the western part of the state. Consumers there have reported
stations selling gas for as much as $5.99 a gallon.

The Attorney General can sue merchants if state officials find
that gas stations have excessively inflated prices.

Cooper said he will investigate consumers' complaints. If you have a complaint you can call the Consumer Hotline 1-877-5-NOSCAM. (1-877-566-7226).

Earlier Friday, Gov. Mike Easley declared a state of "abnormal
market disruption" and triggered the state's anti-gouging law.

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  • by linda Location: poncha springs colorado on Sep 20, 2008 at 04:20 PM
    The pumps don't print recieps so people can go in the station to spend more money. stoer was dirty and emploee had too many peircings. the store was also not well lit.
  • by bob Location: nj on Sep 17, 2008 at 04:55 PM
    If the goverment was concern about the gas prices as they are about taxing cigarrettes and other items, Gas wouln't be so high. Everybody got stock in oil why lower the price, the goverment doesn't care.
  • by Wondering Location: Aurora on Sep 17, 2008 at 04:21 AM
    While others raised prices then dropped them back down to about $4.09,why are the prices in Aurora still $4.69 ? Do they think they are so rural no one is going to complain or even notice.
  • by sick of it! Location: Bath on Sep 16, 2008 at 12:13 PM
    Wake up AMERICA, you get what you get because you vote for who you vote for, ALL politicians are in it for the $$$$, big paychecks, and big retirement so what do they care?? Why prosecute price gougers? It's not the people RUNNING the gas stations, it's the OWNERS, BIG MONEY!, what do they care about a fine? pocket change to them ! If they do fine them, what are we consumers to do, line up with our gas receipts in hand? Think they'll gives us back our money? Hardly ! The price of fuel went up .30 the other day while we were sitting IN LINE. There was NO tanker unloading new fuel or when asked, there had not been a tanker there that day. They were ALL !! price gouging!
  • by Tammy Location: Aurora on Sep 15, 2008 at 06:33 PM
    I heard today that one gas store owner said he know that he not to raise gas prices but will anyway, because the fine he gets for it won't be as much as the profit he makes!! Maybe they should raise the fine to what they profit!
  • by adp Location: greenville on Sep 15, 2008 at 06:33 PM
    i have an idea. bleme the illigal aliens for this to.jajajaja. they been the solution for all yours problems lately. whake up america. to many rats in the goverments and a few,are destroying the economy.
  • by Randy Location: Washington NC on Sep 15, 2008 at 05:40 PM
    The gas at stores in Aurora & Edward went up to 4.59 as Hurricane Ike was approaching Texas. The store's name in Edward is the Very Kwik #5.
  • by bogie Location: everywhere on Sep 15, 2008 at 04:54 PM
    the mom and pops also pay more for their gas than HESS sell theirs for ,so do not jump on them ,they build this country, now the big boys are putting them out of bussiness!!!!!!
  • by susan Location: plymouth n.c. on Sep 15, 2008 at 09:28 AM
    tell me, what is the low income, retired people [low income] going to do? Buy their medicine each week or buy this high price gas? They have a choice, get their medicine which they need, or pay for this gouging gas rise? It's bull for the gas to be so high.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 15, 2008 at 07:20 AM
    Folks, if you have a camera phone or digital phone, snap a picture of the price and station. Send to the attorney generals office and watch the offenders get charged. Don't just spout your anger, do something about it. The more pictures, the better the case. If you have a receipt even better. Let's go....Flight 94

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