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Some S. Floridians accuse gas stations of price gouging

SunSentinel -- As Tropical Storm Isaac left South Florida, state investigators began looking into complaints of motorists being gouged at the gas pumps. But consumers, already weary of recent price hikes, can expect to continue to pay more at the pump.

The storm shut down oil rigs in the Gulf, further pushing gas prices up that had been rising steadily since last month.

Prices at the pump were up Monday in South Florida. In Broward County, prices for regular gas averaged $3.87 a gallon, up 12 cents from week ago while Palm Beach County's was up 9 cents.

But as Issac loomed consumers who scrambled to fill their gas tanks complained of escalating prices going beyond the $4 flash point.

The Florida Attorney General's Office had received 160 storm-related calls by Monday afternoon, most involving


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markiesm
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2012 11:46:29 PM

Meh.. your vote doesn't count anyway! LOL
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ok
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2012 2:35:33 PM

hmm - hooda thunk it
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2012 9:25:52 AM

Old news
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ok
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 11:35:50 PM


Interesting article...thanks for posting Aservant!
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:40:37 PM

As long as we have a choice to either "buy" or to "not buy", price gouging cannot last long.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 6:02:50 PM

That is so messed up. People hurting people.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 4:34:17 PM

This effect is normal, especially after all experiences they have had before (Hurricane Katrina for example).
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 4:13:16 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 2:55:19 PM

What? Surely not in America...
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 2:26:00 PM

Sad for folks, but perhaps they won't need to drive much & their recent fill ups will last longer & force prices back down!
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 12:29:37 PM

Fuel prices always go up around Labor Day and the hurricane makes it convenient to do so also.
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They're climbing for the Labour Day weekend traffic.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:51:53 AM

Better to have lower gas prices and stations run out?
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:47:09 AM

Some, more like all.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:46:46 AM

Price Gouging? This is something New? It's SOP!
It happens whenever the local supply is threatened with a huge demand. The less in inventory, the higher the demand, the higher the price! It's That Simple!
It will happen again and again and again.... Rain Storms, Flooding, Drought, Tropical Storms, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Ice Storms, Snow Storms, Thunderstorms, Electrical Grid Failure, etc, etc, etc.
Be prepared: have extra food and a way to cook your food, water and extra fuel. Don't be exposed to high prices when there is very little supply after a severe local event.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:46:01 AM

That's capitalism/competition. But, the complaint shouldn't be the producer/distributors; it should be to regulation of speculative markets. Its the same basic group of factors that led to the "over exuberance" in the markets that led us into the real estate bubble that started the current depression/recession.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:44:27 AM

No, this would never happen in Florida! (sarcasm)
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:44:16 AM

Damn Right, and everywhere else too...
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Move out of Florida if you don't want to be affected by hurricanes.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:40:54 AM

Be happy you did not loose your house.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:40:41 AM

It's not considered gouging until it's five dollars a gallon here!
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:40:30 AM

probably
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:37:58 AM

Always will be someone trying to make a fast buck.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:37:54 AM

supply shrinkage?
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:37:16 AM

need to kept your tank full before it to late
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:36:25 AM

Gouging has been in place for the last 4-5 years. This is no different.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:36:06 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:35:31 AM

the seven deadly sins again!
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:34:12 AM

Already got hammered because there lack of maintenance on there pipelines he in the west so they think a storm down south in which we don't get any gas from is a good enough reason to raise the price 27 cent so where at 4.29.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:33:51 AM

Not surprised
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:32:39 AM

I remember a few station had uncalibrated pumps around cherry hill area a few years ago.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:31:49 AM

Dam them.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:31:03 AM

Sadly this doesn't come as a surprise.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:28:37 AM

the greedy and sinful nature of humans....what can save us from it?
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:28:30 AM

No suprise that this type of coughing has started.
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hard to believe, not
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:27:16 AM

not surprised
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:26:04 AM

Chances of anything actually happening to the gas companies is zero.
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ok
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:24:12 AM

always take advantage of the situation
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:21:40 AM

Not surprised but doubt it's the stns gouging (or at least not alone). How much is stns paying for their gas???
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:19:07 AM

not a surprise
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:17:19 AM

no! where's john galt?
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:14:31 AM

That's all a part of Hurricane Survival 101.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 10:01:47 AM

Florida is lucky, prices went up 36 cents in one day here in Illinois.
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 9:51:51 AM

No surprise
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 9:51:17 AM

can't be too shocked about this - free market/supply&demand

people claim they want deregulation and then complain about stuff like this?!?
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 9:46:40 AM

I guess the lesson is to fill up early.
Before people start scrambling to fill their gas tanks and drive up the price.
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