September 28, 2005 – Posted at 8:43 p.m. CDT
POPLAR BLUFF, MO -- Missouri gas stations that price gouged after Hurricane Katrina are facing legal action. Attorney General Jay Nixon announced Wednesday that his office's investigation into 50 gas stations across the state has led to lawsuits against ten ...seven of which are in Region 8.
“Our role is not to regulate the profit margin of businesses, but when some retailers take advantage of a situation like this and their actions prevent consumers from being able to make rational buying decisions, it is appropriate for us to act,” said Nixon.
Duckett Truck Center , the Broadway Citgo and the Northside Citgo all in Poplar Bluff now face legal action for alleged price gouging following Hurricane Katrina. Others on the list include Millie's Citgo in Wappapello, Jiffy Jim's in Caruthersville, the 24-7 Mart in Doniphan and Ross Oil Corporation in Piedmont. And for Region 8 drivers, the news is upsetting.
“It's very heartbreaking because it's probably where I do business at and now that I know, I will probably do my business elsewhere. They have probably lost a customer,” said Poplar Bluff resident Sandy Turner.
“I don't care whose town you are in, if it's going to happen, it's going to happen,” said Poplar Bluff resident Curtis Culp.
The Mulkins family is traveling cross country from Montana to Kentucky . They say fuel prices actually seem reasonable in Southeast Missouri.
Bill Mulkins said, “The prices are defiantly still higher then what they were when we were going out to Montana. It’s costing us twice as much to go home to Kentucky as it did to go out to Montana.”
But regardless of the price at the pump, folks will still pay.
“Here lately, we've been filling up about a half a tank so it would be a lot lighter on the paycheck,” said Lori Shelton as she filled up her tank.