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Troubled by gas price increases

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

To the editor: Last Friday (Sept. 12) at 10:45 a.m., I gassed my car at a gas station in Little River, S.C. It had a sign that read: “10 gallons only, as a courtesy to all our good customers, so all can get some gas.” (I am paraphrasing).

I got gas, less than 10 gallons, and went to get my wife’s car to get gas, as I had heard a number of stations were allegedly running out or were charging exorbitant fuel charges.

I returned at 11:18 a.m., 33 minutes later, and found the price up to $3.99 per gallon.

The station across the street was also now at $3.99. Friends advised me that day other stations were all doing the same and one station (allegedly) on S.C. 9 had priced fuel to more than $5 per gallon.

All of this was done on the day crude oil went below $100 per barrel for the first time in a long time. I see other stations in North Carolina are all following suit, price gouging the American public right out of existence.

Furthermore, I had not seen a single fuel delivery truck on the road all of that day (to possibly justify some sort of reasonable price increase).

I wonder when, if ever, any of our elected local, state and federal officials will start to watch out for those voters who put them in office and at least attempt to halt this aggressive attack on the average citizen.

The way I see it, some of these state attorney generals should conduct legitimate investigations on the oil industry, from the top all the way down to the local dealers. When a few of them get handcuffs slapped on them, these ridiculous, over-inflated, artificially high gas prices will start to go down.

It’s not going to happen until then.

Daniel Mann

Carolina Shores