Perdue brings out the big guns

It seems that things with the Gas pricing situation escalated a bit. By 6 pm Perdue was making a new press statement and declaring a state of emergency. State of Emergency? …that’s the stuff movies are made of!! The article goes on to say:

“…retailers who violate the law could be hit with a fine of up to $5,000 for each person they overcharge and up to $15,000 if the victim is a senior citizen.”

“I want it stopped, and I want it stopped now”

Apparently this was also done during Hurricane Ivan to prevent Hotels/Motels from price gouging. Will it work? The article also states that they can track this by the receipts logged at the Gas terminals. Maybe now people will calm down? …. and Gas stations will think twice about gouging.

Of course my favorite part of this article was where “Perdue encouraged companies to allow more employees to tele-work this week.” I hope my boss is reading this… :-)

5 Comments so far

  1. Lisa (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 9:55 pm

    I am not sure if this is just a metro-Atlanta issue, but all of the gas stations in my area (Brookhaven) are out of gas. I am unable to work tomorrow, especially since I have a trip planned to Columbus. From everything that I’ve read, the gas crisis will be over by the weekend’s end when they restore our gas lines to Atlanta.

    I did hear a LOT of places jacking up the prices, including some in Alpharetta where it was over 5 dollars a gallon. Plus many places have gone cash-only which does absolutely for someone like myself driving on a company gas-card.

    Tonight has been wild and very sad- I wish Atlanta didn’t panic so much over the gas issue and flood the stations. The way I look at it, if I can’t get gas then neither can anyone else.

  2. Maigh (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 12:16 am

    What we have here kiddies is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Watching the cars stack up into the streets at 5:00 and seeing the signs per gallon hovering just below $5 reminds me of how we buy extra loaves of bread and gallons of milk we’ll never consume at the hint of snow.

    It breaks my heart, how we perpetuate the hype and do it to ourselves.

  3. Andisheh Nouraee (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 1:47 am

    Did he explain how to tell the difference between “price gouging” prices and “just plain really fucking expensive” prices?

  4. Andrew (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 6:56 am

    Why are people so easily panicked in Atlanta? I’ve lived all over the world (Atlanta for the last 14 years), and I’ve never seen anything like it. This city seems to consist of scared little lemmings too willing and too eager to believe what they read and see on tv and the internet. It was funny leaving my job in Alpharomania last night and seeing a line of large SUV’s at the BP station. I hope those folks were getting screwed big time.

  5. Kevin (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 11:07 am

    I’ve been out of town for a week and I hear that Alpharetta gas stations are selling gas for $5.58 a gallon, does anyone know which station this was??????

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