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Upsetting Examples of Hurricane Harvey Price Gouging Emerge Online

Upsetting Examples of Hurricane Harvey Price Gouging Emerge Online
Updated 9 months ago

The Texas Attorney General's office said earlier this week they've received over 500 calls concerning price-gouging with gasoline and other essential products. Many areas affected by Hurricane Harvey are seeing prices skyrocket.

Complaints include gas prices ranging from $6 to $8 per gallon.

Mark Elliott, president of the nonprofit research firm Mobility, tweeted a receipt from a Chevron gas station in Encinal, Texas. 

Elliott's receipt shows the station charged him $9.99 a gallon:

Business Insider called this Chevron gas station. Employee April Garcia said she could not comment on Mr. Elliot's gas prices because she wasn't working at the time. No owners or managers were available for clarification. 

Garcia told Business Insider that the price at the Encinal station is now $2.99 per gallon.

Prices are up all over Texas. In the picture below, gas is advertised at $9.99 per gallon:

In Garland, gas is priced at $8 per gallon:

$35 per gallon at one Texas gas station!!!

This convenience store in Houston is selling cartons of water for $17.99:

A gas station in Charlotte is rationing gasoline to $20 worth per customer:

The effects of Hurricane Harvey are widespread.

This chart shows the national average gas price rising more than 50 cents a gallon from August 21–31:

People are angry about the greedy business practices:

Gas is in such short supply in some areas, people are turning to violence:

Marc Rylander, communications director for the Attorney General's office made a statement: 

Texas law protects consumers from fraud in Dallas and other parts of Texas outside of the governor’s declared disaster areas. If Dallas consumers are victims of fraud by gas stations, we urge them to contact our agency’s consumer protection hotline so that we can investigate and take appropriate action.