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21K Pump Chump: Local Gas Station Mistakenly Charges $1.10/gal for Premium Unleaded
These days the pain at the pump is felt by the motorists, but on Sunday, one gas station owner in Wilmington had a "computer glitch" to blame for his pump-prompted pain. Kenny Nguyen, proprietor of a Valero station, unwittingly charged customers $1.10 per gallon for Premium Unleaded gasoline for four hours--when the price should have been around $4.29, according to the Daily Breeze.Word got out that the gas at the Valero was insanely affordable, and "by the time the mistake was realized, police had been called to help control the traffic." Customers were turning to social media to tout the bargain they'd found.
The total loss for Nguyen's business was about $21,000, with 7,000 gallons of fuel pumped at the erroneous rate.
Nguyen says the $1.10 price was only displayed on the outside, and that the attendant inside the convenience store running the station did not have an opportunity to realize the discrepancy. He says he hopes that the customers who scored the great deal on gas will be sure to be return customers in the future to help offset the massive loss.