New York AG: Bronx Gas Station Charged $10 For Gallon Of Gas After Sandy
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman just announced that his office has notified 12 additional gas station owners of his intent to "commence enforcement proceedings" against them after he claims they jacked up prices after Hurricane Sandy.
In one case, the A.G. says, a gas station in the Bronx tried to charge a woman $50 for five gallons of gas.
The 12 new gas stations -- all in New York City, Long Island, or Westchester County -- brings the number of alleged post-Hurricane gas-gougers targeted by Schneiderman to 25.
New York's price-gouging law prohibits merchants from taking unfair advantage of consumers by selling goods or services for an "unconscionably excessive price" during an "abnormal disruption of the market."
A crippling hurricane certainly counts as an "abnormal disruption of the market."
"Our office will continue to take enforcement actions against price gougers because ripping off New Yorkers is against the law," Schneiderman says. "We are actively investigating the hundreds of complaints we've received from consumers of businesses preying on victims of Hurricane Sandy. There must be no tolerance for unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of New Yorkers trying to rebuild their lives."
The Attorney General said there will be other notifications coming as the investigation into consumer complaints continues.
From the A.G.'s Office:
Among the current batch of 12 enforcement targets is a Mobil station at 3424 East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx where a consumer waiting in line for over an hour was just three cars from the pump when she was told that she would be charged $50 for five gallons of gasoline - $10 per gallon. In contrast, stations nearby were charging $3.95 a gallon.
At a second station, the Coastal station at 1575 Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station, a consumer reported being charged $4.69 per gallon of gasoline while neighboring stations were charging between $3.69 and $4.05. One consumer waited in line for over an hour and did not see a sign detailing prices until after the attendant began pumping gas for the customer.
The stations receiving notices from Attorney General Schneiderman include the following twelve stations:
1575 Route 112
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Consumer Complaint: 4.69/gallon
1009 St. Route 109
Farmingdale, NY 11755
Consumer Complaints: $4.71/gallon
1278 Hempstead Turnpike
Elmont, NY 11003
Consumer Complaint: $6.99/gallon
3300 Hempstead Turnpike
Levittown, NY 11750
Consumer Complaint: $4.89/gallon
105 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island, NY 10306
Consumer Complaint: $4.89/gallon
141-50 Union Turnpike
Flushing, NY 11367
Consumer Complaint: $4.99/gallon
60-90 Elliot Avenue
Maspeth, NY 11378
Consumer Complaint: $4.79/gallon (cash)/$4.89 (credit)
92-10 Astoria Boulevard
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
Consumer Complaints: ranging from $4.89-$7.90/gallon
18-84 Flushing Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385
Consumer Complaint: $7.25/gallon
3424 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10465
Consumer Complaint: $10/gallon
80 Bedford Road
Katonah, NY 10536
Consumer Complaint: $4.79/gallon
189 Route 59
Spring Valley, NY 10977
Consumer Complaint: $4.65/gallon
The above prices are each for regular gasoline.
If you believe you are a victim of price gouging or a post-hurricane scam contact the Attorney General's Consumer Helpline at 800-771-7755 or find a complaint form online at: www.ag.ny.gov