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Posted: 10:37 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

More than 200 complaints of gas price gouging

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A gas pump is covered with a plastic bag during a fuel outage at a station in Smyrna, Ga., Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. Gas prices spiked and drivers found "out of service" bags covering pumps as the gas shortage in the South rolled into the work week, raising fears that the disruptions could become more widespread. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued an executive order Monday aimed at preventing price gouging. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

By Sandra Parrish

The State Attorney General’s office has received more than 200 complaints of price gouging in wake of this week’s gas shortage.

The complaints came in from around the metro area, but the state received several, in particular, regarding Mrs. Rogers Neighborhood Shell Station on Anneewakee Road in Douglasville where gas ran as high as $4.65 for regular unleaded and $5.15 for premium.

Among those filing a complaint was Curtis Jones who paid $3.80 a gallon on Sunday.

“I said ‘Why is it $3.80?’ to the lady behind the counter. She said, ‘The boss said if you want it, buy it.  If you don’t, leave it’.”

Jones tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish he had already been to a nearby Kroger which was out.  He needed $40 worth of gas, so he bit the bullet and paid the extra. But he questions the actions of the neighborhood convenience store which has a loyal customer base.

“Business-minded people shouldn’t just take a quick buck simply because it’s available to them. They should think about the people that are there even after that opportunity is long gone,” he says.

No one answered at the business when WSB attempted to get a comment regarding the complaints.

The AG’s office is in the process of contacting the owners of each of the stations where complaints were filed. The state will then decide whether to launch an investigation. The owners could face up to a $5,000 fine per violation if found guilty of price gouging.

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