Some lucky folks get $1-a-gallon gas
Dozens of Texas drivers had a chance to gas up their cars at prices not seen in more than a decade, thanks to a computer error.
Some lucky Texans got a blast from the past at the pumps early Tuesday when a computer glitch caused a Conoco station in Pasadena to dispense gas for just $1.01 per gallon.
The store off Queens near Allen-Genoa was closing about midnight when the computer somehow changed the prices on its brand-new pumps, the gas station clerks told KHOU-TV.
The news spread rapidly via telephone and Facebook, and so many people lined up at the pumps that police were called, KHOU reported. (Post continues below.)
"When I was passing by, one of my brother-in-laws had called me saying it was a $1.01 a gallon here," Benito Cruz told KHOU. "So I pumped my gas. I got it for $10. Ten dollars to fill up my whole tank." Cruz said it usually costs $40 to gas up his vehicle.
Another customer, Daniel Quinteuro, told KHOU he was one of the first people at the station, where he was able to fill up four cars for $55. "Finally we're getting a break," he said. "The economy is bad right now, (so) we might as well take advantage."
The current national average price for gas is $3.92 per gallon, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. In Texas, gas is just a little bit cheaper, averaging $3.84 per gallon.
According to ABC 13, the deal lasted until about 1:30 a.m., and one driver told ABC 13 that the Conoco station ran out of gas. Fox News reported that a station manager shut down the pumps after being notified about the gas-buying rush -- and its cause.
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It is not stealing. What are patrons supposed to do? pass on an opportunity for cheap gas? How would you feel if you passed on this opportunity because you suspected it to be incorrect, and later realizing that it actually was a special ran by the owner?
IT IS NOT STEALING! they paid for the gas
I am sure the owner will recoup the money from the software company which sets the prices.
If it isan owner mistake. then it's his fault. He should be more careful.
Like their is an ethical code and moral guideline constituting your interactions with businesses that are monetarially raping us everyday and laughing about it!!
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