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Gas Station in Port Jefferson Station Accused of Price Gouging After Sandy

Coastal on Route 112 was reported to charge up to $1 more per gallon for regular gas than surrounding stations after storm hit, according to the attorney general's office.

A gas station in Port Jefferson Station was one of four on Long Island notified by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for allegedly price gouging following Superstorm Sandy. It was also the only one listed in Suffolk County.

At the Coastal station at 1575 Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station, a consumer reported being charged $4.69 per gallon of regular gas while neighboring stations were charging between $3.69 and $4.05, according to the attorney general's office.

"One consumer waited in line for over an hour and did not see a sign detailing prices until after the attendant began pumping gas for the customer," the attorney general's office reported in a statement.

Schneiderman said his office will start enforcement proceedings against these gas stations for violations of the New York State Price Gouging statute in the wake of Sandy.

"Our office will continue to take enforcement actions against price gougers because ripping off New Yorkers is against the law," Attorney General Schneiderman said. "We are actively investigating the hundreds of complaints we've received from consumers of businesses preying on victims of Hurricane Sandy. There must be no tolerance for unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of New Yorkers trying to rebuild their lives."

The Attorney General said there will be other notifications coming as the investigation into consumer complaints continues.

The investigations are based upon a review of both consumer complaints and independently-gathered pricing information, Schneiderman said.

Someone who aswered the phone at an automotive repair shop attached to the Coastal said they were not affiliated with the gas station and no one could be found for comment.

If you believe you are a victim of price gouging or a post-hurricane scam contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Helpline at 800-771-7755 or find a complaint form online at: www.ag.ny.gov.

Additional reporting in this story was done by Jaime Sumersille.

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thomas mc December 01, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Nonsense. Don't like the price? Don't buy the product. It's called supply and demand.
Mario December 01, 2012 at 02:38 PM
You must work in the gas station. Apparently the Attorney General doesn't agree.with you & IT'S CALLED GREED I hope the station gets a hefty fine'
Fred December 01, 2012 at 05:29 PM
if they clearly marked the price, thats one thing. Judging from the compliant, it sounds like price gauging and they should be HEAVILY fined.
Earl December 01, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I hope people do not give this place a cent of their hard earned money, you're an idiot if you do.
K. December 01, 2012 at 06:18 PM
If he just joined the end of the queue, he may have legitimately not seen the price at first. The customer waited in line for an hour, then when he close enough to read the sign, decided to remain in it, gas up, and make the station owner "pay" for his decision not to leave the line for the "neighboring" $3.69 gas.
Mario December 01, 2012 at 06:48 PM
K your statement makes absolutely no sense. The customer was on line for 1 hour . Until he moved up for his gas was when he saw the the price. I think anyone would have done the same thing ,gas up . Do you also work for the station? There is absolutely no way anyone can put a good spin on this. The station owner is nothingt but a crook, taking advantage of the worst storm in Long Island's History.
Ryan Chambers December 02, 2012 at 11:28 AM
I purchased gas the same day as this customer at this same Coastal location. No posted prices on the street sign. Saw the price per gallon when i finally got to the pump, $4.69 gallon. What i found interesting was the regular and mid grade prices displayed $1.99 gallon. I asked the attendant if i was getting premium and was told regular unleaded. Why the deception? I hope any profit the owner realized due to his lack of conscience and values he has to spend defending himself and paying a hefty fine.

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