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Gas stations still trying to conceal prices

Orlando Sentinel -- Technically, the city won. The gas stations finally followed city code and put up signs with their outrageous prices, though the signs are about as helpful to potential customers as a nail in the tire.

They are impossible to see from Semoran Boulevard and do little, if anything, to dissuade hapless drivers from pulling in and paying more than two bucks a gallon above the going rate.

"I think I got completely robbed," said Jay Gandhi, who was on his way last week to return his rental SUV and fly back to Houston. "I don't have a choice because I have a plane to catch."

Orlando: Where even the gas stations take you for a ride.

But Gandhi is exactly the kind of customer that Suncoast and the station directly across the street — Sun Gas — profit from: an out-of-towner who is in a hurry and


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Submitted Jan 27, 2013 By: bar1035
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HawaiianGuy
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 1:09:13 PM

So, don't patronize the dishonest ones. You can, in fact, vote with your feet.
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dougtaylor1
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 10:18:56 AM

Why would anyone blindly buy gas without looking at the pump price?
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DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 10:17:06 AM

why does govt have such a hard time enforcing reasonable regulations?
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 7:01:37 AM

Gas prices are always higher close to airports!
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danny999
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 6:39:10 AM

If you wait to the last minute to catch your plane,you deserve to get duped by these crooks.There are gas laws in Florida,but someone seems to be in cahoots here.Not helping VACATIONLAND.
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SkooterG
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 2:46:20 AM

Unethical bastards. But if customers are stupid enough.........
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Wsamson7121
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 12:06:13 AM

It is obvious that the two stations have not learned their lesson and have found another way to cheat consumers. I say that the city should find some way to punish these stations.
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tidalwave3
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 9:53:10 PM

Like a speed trap :(
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 9:50:09 PM

Wow! What a rip.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:48:18 PM

Now, I'm sure some people could be creative enough to make the station owners financially regret they had "snookered" the unsuspecting public!
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:46:55 PM

it's really a shame that they do this
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Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:38:53 PM

Stations who are ripping people off should be FINED! Doing this is gouging and morally pathetic!
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:37:20 PM

Use the GasBuddy app!
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:33:49 PM

now all the people in the united states need to petition the gov'ment to shut in stations who are caught ripping off even a single person one time,to set a example were not going to stand for this anymore.then turn the station over to the community/city/town to run.and the ones caught ripping U.S. off should be sent to prison for 1-5.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:33:24 PM

Plan ahead!
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riofan1991
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:31:51 PM

if this isn't illegal price gouging I don't know what is. unreal.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:30:01 PM

From the guy who brings the oil out of the ground to the station that sells you the gasoline, there is nothing but . .GREED
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:29:05 PM

I hate rip offs!!!!!!!!!
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its all about the mighty dollar today
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:24:16 PM

Unless I was on fumes, would never stop at a station that didn't post its prices
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:23:11 PM

some things never change
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:23:07 PM

Boycott these stations!!! Maybe they'll get the message!
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:19:53 PM

Pay before you leave
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:15:16 PM

Does the GasBuddy app not work in Orlando?
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:14:58 PM

Already been to Orlando and don't plan on going back since I did everything I needed to do.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:14:15 PM

Thank you GasBuddy! Another reason to use your services!
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:10:34 PM

scam prices on gas stations part
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:10:02 PM

Thank you Gas Buddy and bar1035 for "outting" these two stations. If I ever go to Orlando, I'll remember Sun Gas and Suncoast as the two to stay away from.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:09:23 PM

alwasy scammers out ther just be careful
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:07:56 PM

who cares
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:05:31 PM

When renting usually be cheaper to fill it yourself.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:05:30 PM

If some people like throwing money away on expensive overpriced gas . . .Please throw some extra cash my way !
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:03:45 PM

Precisely the reason I always use gas buddy when out of town.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:02:34 PM

most expensive gas in the state. CROOKS
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:02:23 PM

Crooked business owners.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:58:47 PM

"Gerry347",I'm with you on this one.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:58:10 PM

An unethical business that can be avoided by using... GasBuddy.
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Gerry347
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:57:33 PM

I agree with the whole buyer beware thing and the customer does have a chance to drive away once they see the price at the pump but I think for the most part the issue comes up when someone is running late and in a hurry to catch a flight. Once they pull in they're pretty much stuck paying the price.

I know it's their own fault for being late in the first place but this is just outright wrong.

If it was me I think I'd take my changes paying the rental car company the extra cost of bringing it back without filling it up.... might be cheaper in the long run.


[Edited by: Gerry347 at 1/27/2013 7:58:29 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:48:50 PM

Expense it.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:46:40 PM

buyer beware.
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Gerry347
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:42:51 PM

Florida has a bunch of retired folks doing noting all day.... Park their butts right in front of both stations on "city" land with big signs that warn customers of the ridicules prices.

That should piss the station owner off in a hurry and should cut their business to almost nothing in a hurry.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:41:58 PM

OMG! Although I've taken lots & lots of trips by air, I've never been scammed like this. However, I always make plans to return my rental car very, very early to avoid traffic problems, etc. Guess that's why I always had plenty of time to find a good price (or at least, not an outrageous price).
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:41:54 PM

airports always cost more for a car
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:38:28 PM

I read all the comments on the article. No one referred the readers to Gas Buddy, so I did my civic duty. It's incumbent on us GBs to spread the word.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:37:33 PM

depends on the city
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:37:25 PM

Now days it's very easy to get on a Gas Buddy site and find a gas station that isn't gouging.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:35:52 PM

There is always someone naive enough to fall for slick retailers.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:34:55 PM

I pass approximately 4/6 stations usually about 4 different prices a day.
some different in a,m and p.m.

Common sense, gas buddy, fill when prices is low. etc.

I do not go out of my way to go to a station to pay less for gas... that does not make sense.

Just use common sense. buy when price is low,
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AC-302
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:34:28 PM

Should not only be posted, but visible from the street from any direction.
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mplato
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:33:18 PM

why would you want to conceal prices...people will pay any price if they dont have to go a couple more blocks for a cheaper price
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:31:38 PM

Just because you pull up to the pump, you do not have to pump any gas. Once you see how high the price is all you have to do is drive off to another gas station.
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