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Gypsylady  (Level: 149.5 - Posts: 6108)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 3:21 PM


As of today, Friday, 9/12, our gas prices in our town were to jump $1.05 before noon. People were lining up at the pumps and some had sold out.

Is this price hike affecting anyone else in their cities today?


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 3:28 PM

From what I hear on the news, this is not related to the price of oil, but to the shortage of gasoline created by the storm's effect on Galveston area refineries, and the two recent shutdowns of all the Gulf platforms. If you get your gas from that area you'll see steeper hikes than other markets supplied from other places.

I think.

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.5 - Posts: 6108)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 3:30 PM

Thanks, Donna! I was guessing that was probably the reason, and was wondering if it was happening in other towns.


1mks  (Level: 221.4 - Posts: 5931)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 3:46 PM

The information below was sent to me by my cousin. Please take heed. I sincerely hate seeing gouging going on when there is a crisis. I realize that people have to make a living but they don't have to raise prices at this point.

Yesterday, Houston ran out of gas, and I suspect all of you will have trouble in the near term as well as all the refineries in Texas and Louisiana coast are now down as well. That makes about 40 percent of the refinery capacity shutdown in the U.S. and you will recall that gas prices have been falling lately. That is good on one sense, but that has stopped all the imports from coming our way from the middle east and south america. That means it will be about a month before we expect the world supplies to get here again, so just be vigilent about keeping your tanks full. This goes especially for diesel, as the u.s is already cronically short on diesel since our great environmental government made us take all the sulfur out of the fuels..

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 5:09 PM

I think they should get CNN, FOX and the rest of the media out of the Gulf. All they do is create panic and justify these rotten
oil people, who are gouging the rest of the country. The same goes to the grocery people who are using fuel to jack up prices an extra 30-40%. It is interesting to watch some of the fresh produce turn into not so fresh produce, right on the shelves.
I wonder if this happens in Russia ??

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 10:10 PM

In Russia they let it rot BEFORE they put it on the shelf.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 10:22 PM

Bill, although it in no way applies to oil prices, there are incredibly stiff gouging penalties in place for anyone who dares to try to profit from a natural disaster in a greedy way. If anyone notices a sudden hike in groceries, ice, etc., please take notes and alert the authorities after the emergency has passed. They will be dealt with severely.

Flcyclist  (Level: 132.6 - Posts: 691)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 10:53 PM

Gas prices jumped by $1.00 + here in Florida between a.m. and p.m.! Sure glad my van is 3/4 full right now!

Flcyclist  (Level: 132.6 - Posts: 691)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 10:56 PM

BTW, the government (at least here in FL) wants to know about price gouging, so I reported the gas hike I saw. In Florida, you go to and search for price gouging and there will be a phone number to call to report it. Perhaps it's the same in other states.

Spacecat  (Level: 165.0 - Posts: 678)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 11:07 PM

In Canada they sell gas by the litre. A few days ago in Ottawa it was $1.16 a litre (it had been $1.26). This morning it was $1.32 and across the river in Quebec it was $1.36.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2292)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 11:26 PM

Well, maybe this will finally make people realize how important Louisiana is in this country. We produce (and refine, by the way) a huge percentage of the crude here and don't get a penny for it outside of the jobs it creates.

As far as gouging, the governor of South Carolina (whos prices when nuts during Hannah), has declared that gas stations who gouge will do to jail. I hope they follow up on that!!

Greedy people suck.

Tazmaniac72  (Level: 196.9 - Posts: 213)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 1:17 AM

Some of the local gas stations went up today as much as .50 cents a gallon. Me and my wife were having dinner this evening at a restaurant near a Kroger gas station, and there were three lines of traffic lining up to get gas. Most gas prices as of about 7 this evening were near $4 a gallon, even though I've heard some stations near the Alabama line were charging over $5 a gallon. This price gouging is pathetic, and I hope those folks who decide to do it will soon see their business fail because of it. A station near my house had kept his price at $3.69 a gallon, and he told me that he did not want to see people get taken advantage of, and he wouldn't raise his prices to partake of the extra profit. I thought that was a very respectable stand for them to take. I haven't used them much before, but I'll definitely start now.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 1:22 AM

I would give that guy all of my business.

Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 1:30 AM

He's going to have the entire town's business if his prices hold.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 1:34 AM

I mean after that. He would get all my business. Gas, groceries, dental check ups, banking, etc.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 2:43 AM

lol Lodi.. I agree....

I didn't hear of the price hike yesterday.. was driving by the local gas stations and saw line ups down the road .. thought "$1.22/l.. not such an amazing price.. what the big deal?"... saw them again later in the night and thought " they know something I don't".. this morning was $1.36-$1.39/litre


Surreyman  (Level: 275.0 - Posts: 2776)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 4:23 AM

Well, in the UK we've been paying twice those prices for a long time, without hurricanes - count your blessings!

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 8:12 AM

We were down to 3.45 earlier this week and up til I picked up my son from school yesterday about 3:30. I shut down all the routers & computers in my office before I left for our Friday night football game against Kaufman (which we won) - and it had gone to 3.69 in that 2 1/2 hour period...we usually have wal-mart about 8 cents less and one other gas station that's about 10 cents less - but all seemed to be on board at 3.69

We have a lot of evacuees here again and they sent the national guard to stay at our church yesterday afternoon as well.

Watching the weather right now - so far just temp drops.

My daughters choir teacher is irritated with me I imagine - she was supposed to be at the school at 6:00 a.m. to travel to Arlington for a vocal clinic and I said 'no way' - not sure what's going to happen but with all the people heading into Dallas and the surrounding areas - I didn't want her on the road.

Kaufman  (Level: 270.3 - Posts: 3942)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 8:32 AM

Did you really have to gloat? It's so unbecoming.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 9:54 AM

You made the right choice Kaelin.. I would have done the same... by the way.. notice your cost of gas???? 369 lol

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 10:31 AM

At the Jersey shore there are gas stations that went as low as $3.27/gallon. I felt like it was free, isn't that crazy? Today those stations are selling it for $3.69/gallon, still remarkably cheaper than many areas of the country.

They were talking about it on CNN and said the hike was about the anticipation of the rise in price because of Ike the next time their fuel tanks were filled and the price gougers would be caught. (I think we knew that...)

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.7 - Posts: 3847)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 10:47 AM

Good choice, Kaelin

And WHAT?!?!?! Louisiana and Texas don't have a deal with the oil companies paying all of their residents an annual bunch of money for all they do like Alaska? Maybe when Palin and McCain are elected they can get you one. Then Palin can "take on big oil" to get the check made even bigger like she did up there. And of course, all the rest of us will gleefully pay the additional cost.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.7 - Posts: 1301)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 1:38 AM

Please go to your state's Attorney General's web site and file a complaint about the price gouging. It is illegal, I would imagine, in most states - it is in ours. Generally they want the name of the business and its location and the date and amount of the price hike. Don't let 'em get away with it.

The only thing required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4183)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 1:42 AM

great quote

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 1:50 AM

As of this afternoon, our gas prices had not changed. I filled up anyway.

Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 1:57 AM

Gas went from $3.69 to $4.29 overnight here.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 12:36 PM

I noticed yesterday that our gas prices have dropped 12 cents since we started this post. Has anyone else's gas prices dropped?

Foogs  (Level: 282.5 - Posts: 846)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 12:46 PM

Price gouging is such a negative term. From some of
the discussion here and on other threads I would think
we would be applauding the practice as good old
American entrepreneurship.

Make that money, make that money
Make that money run like honey
On your tongue
Gotta make that money
Make that money, listen sonny
Learn to sting before your stung (Alice Cooper)

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 1:01 PM

Um, anyway, did anyone else's gas prices drop or are they still going up in other places?

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 2:35 PM

Ours dropped drastically as well Lodi.. we went from $1.38/litre to 1.29 and is now down to 1.18

Spacecat  (Level: 165.0 - Posts: 678)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 3:17 PM are paying big city prices. Here in Ottawa I filled up at 1.09 on Thurday but it has gone up to 1.14. After all it is the weekend.

Aquamar  (Level: 187.0 - Posts: 927)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 3:22 PM

Gas prices here have dropped to 3.59 if you have a rewards card. Others may find gas 3.69 per gallon.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 7:15 PM

I filled up both cars today at $3.78 and it still cost $61. Three Heineken tappers would cost the same so gasoline is still cheaper than beer but gasoline gives me heartburn.

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5681)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 7:37 PM

Here gas prices range from 3.59 a gallon to 4.09 a gallon. It all depends on where you buy your gas. Amoco here is the highest with BP being somewhere in between. Murphy's at Wal-Mart is 3.59 and that's the cheapest here in Rhea County. There are still some stations that are sold out of gas. Kangaroo will only let you get 10 gallons at a time...CRAZY!

Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 8:32 PM

Well since I work in a lovely gas station I hear people complaining about the prices all the time. *shrug* There isn't a single thing I can do about because if I could do something about it would be priced at $1.99 a gallon and they would be lined up for miles to get in to get gas but alas....I am the low man on the totem pole and have no say over such matters.

Anyway before Ike hit....we were at 3.75 a gallon Saturday morning (9/13)....then we jumped to 4.05 a gallon midday Saturday. Many people came in yelling about price gouging and they were going to report us.....I shocked some of them by saying "Please report us because my car is on empty and I don't want to pay 4.05 a gallon any more than you do." However it was madness Saturday morning because we were the cheapest gas....everyone else had already raised to 4.05 and since we got this new lovely computer system that we are doing the beta testing on we never received an email from corporate saying to raise gas prices. We didn't raise our price until the pumps when absolutely screwy.....automatically changing over by themselves.....well half of them anyway, from 3.75 to 4.05 by themselves. The pumps froze up....everyone of them....not once that day while I was there (8 hour shift) but 6 times. The registers froze up 4 times during the day when the pumps froze which meant we had customers pre-paid on the pumps...we couldn't make the pumps work to pump their gas, nor could we refund their money because the system was totally froze up. Which lead to much headache and stress for us. Yeah it was one of those, SOMEONE PLEASE JUST SHOOT ME, days.

This Friday (9/19) when I left work our gas had went down to a mere 3.88 a gallon which is still insane. I am not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow....mainly because Rob has made me sick as a dog by sharing his lovely germs with me. He was sick the weekend of 9/13 and is starting to feel better but whatever he had hit me like a freight train Friday (9/19) and I have been cursing his existence all weekend. LOL I'm giving myself 3 more days of DayQuil and NyQuil and then I am calling my doctor if I don't feel any better. BAH!! I just hope the crappy customers that like to yell and cuss at me stay away because when I am sick I am not yell at me....I will yell right back at ya....I'm sick my patience level is ZERO.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 9:26 PM

One of those Heinneken tappers might help you out Shawna.

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 11:26 PM

I am not even paying attention...

In a matter of a few weeks, I am leaving the US to move to Ireland...and we all know that the gas (petrol, whatever) in EK, UK at al is MUCH higher than the US...

In that vein...

I have a 1989 Mazda Miata, good condition, (GREAT GAS MILEAGE!!! like about 27/30 mpg) for sale...

PM me is interested!

Cheers all!

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