GREENSBORO, NC -- Before the Colonial pipe leak, gas was $2.09. Rumblings of a shortage, the law of supply and demand kicked in and you saw with your own eyes the price go up to $2.49.
But this, $4.50!!!! Whoa. The North Carolina Attorney General's office calls that price gouging. As of Monday the NC AG subpoenaed a gas station and a wholesaler in Guilford County. By Tuesday, gas stations in Forsyth, Rockingham, Johnston counties were also on the list. The AG wants them to explain their prices.
Under North Carolina law, courts can fine price gougers up to $5,000 for each violation. According to our state Constitution, all civil penalty fines go to support the public schools.
You can report price gouging three ways:
File a complaint online at ncdoj.gov.
Mail us a complaint to: Consumer Protection Division
Attorney General's Office
Mail Service Center 9001
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001
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