Spurred By Consumer Email Campaign, Nebraska AG Smacks Down Bait-And-Switch Gas Stations

The Nebraska Attorney General has told the Conoco that posted low prices on its signs but then charged 25-50 cents higher per gallon on most of the pumps to stop its deceptive advertising practices.

The station will also donate $5,000 to each of three different charities.

Justice, consider yourself served. The great thing about this story is that it all started with with one irate consumer, Margaret Williams, whose email promoting a boycott of the two stations prompted news coverage.

Just goes to show you that one pissed off person in the right can take a stand and make a difference.

AG: Gas stations to change advertising practices [Journal Star] (Thanks to Jacob!)
PREVIOUSLY: Consumers promote boycott of Conoco and BP stations along I-80…

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  1. OMG, an e-mail campaign over gas prices actually worked!

  2. DadCooks says:

    Don’t get to excited about a “victory”.

    Unless the laws are changed that allow this multi-price deception to exist in the first place, it will only be a matter of time before the offenders find a new way to bend the law.

  3. Odwalla says:

    Shouldn’t the people that paid the difference between the advertised price and the actual price be the ones to realize the tax deduction for the charitable contribution? It’s bad enough that their money is being donated instead of being returned to them (granted that would be hard to do in a case like this) but now the gas station is going to be able to take a $15000 deduction for being caught red handed.

  4. FREAKHEAD says:

    OMG the first link listed below the article is thanks to me. You’re welcome!

    I was glad to see our AG do something about this but I honestly believe it has more to do with him running for the Senate.

  5. Trick says:

    Wow. A $15,000 tax donation off of profits that were probably much, much higher than that.

    Victory has been served!

  6. KingJoe says:

    @Dadcooks:

    Um, the laws already make it illegal. That’s why the Nebraska AG intervened, and the station donated $15K to charity. Just because something is illegal doesn’t make people stop doing it.