'Out of order' meant out of gas at this Dallas station Saturday afternoon.

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State Sues North Texas Gas Stations Accused of Price Gouging

The businesses potentially face steep civil penalties, it's a gas, gas, gas.

Remember when everybody was freaking out over a supposed gas shortage fueled by anxious drivers and a general mood of panic? Boy, that was something. It feels so distant now, a collective and embarrassing nightmare we’re all eager to forget. Let’s not do it again.

But first let’s reckon with the consequences of the great gas delusion of a couple weeks ago. The state has already kicked off some reckoning of its own, as Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday filed lawsuits against three businesses accused of price gouging during the self-inflicted crisis, including one based in North Texas. From Paxton’s press release:

Bains Brothers, owners of Texaco-branded gas stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Two of the stations allegedly charged $6.99 a gallon for regular unleaded gas on Aug. 31, even while displaying signs with prices in the $3-$4 range.

The attorney general’s office says it’s received more than 3,300 price gouging complaints related to Hurricane Harvey.

Comments

  • Brandon

    I wish MORE gas stations had jacked up their prices. Doing so would have curbed the lines at the pumps and made sure there was gas for people that ACTUALLY needed it, albeit at an increased price.

  • DubiousBrother

    I can’t decide who was the dumbest in this situation: the people who waited in line to get gas, the people who waited in line to get gas and then paid $6.99 per gallon or the owners who decided it was a good idea to charge $6.99 per gallon when the sign the people waiting in line could read said a much lower amount.

  • earlrichards

    To avoid the Big Oil gasoline price gouging, plug your Tesla Model E, electric car into your household, solar array.

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