What’s behind those orange tags at the Fairhope gas station
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) – Competing gas stations on Interstates 48 and 181 in Fairhope. The price of regular both – $3.85 per gallon.
“That’s how it is. You just have to deal with it,” one man said.
“It’s not great, but it could be worse. At least it goes down a bit. It’s worse in Foley and especially in Orange Beach,” one man said.
But since Thursday, the Murphy USA Station has been unable to sell mid-grade. Orange tags displayed on each pump by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.
Several social media posts were inundated with people saying they thought they were overpriced.
“Stealing from people.”
“I KNEW something was wrong.”
“This needs to be investigated,” – just some of the comments.
To learn more, we contacted the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. Although she can’t divulge specifics, Weights and Measures Division Director Stacy Boshell told FOX 10 News:
“The issue was not a price or distributor issue, just grade 89. Once the issue is resolved, product release can be granted through weights and measures if all applicable regulations are met. »
Meanwhile, like the price at the pump, competition can be fickle, especially when supply becomes a factor. Due to the problems they encounter at Murphy’s station, this has a ripple effect at the gas station across the street, where they struggle to keep up with the influx of demand.
The state went on to say that this is standard protocol for the department regarding fuel quality and that when it comes to complaints, they receive them daily and investigate each one.
“Yeah, you have to look at it to make sure everything is working as it should because it’s easy to move something up or down, you know,” one man said.
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