NC inspectors on the lookout for gas pump problems

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina is fielding a rising number of complaints about gas pumps, and state inspectors are out to make sure motorists get what they pay for.

The Standards Division of the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services expects gas prices to average $3 a gallon by the weekend. While complaints to the agency usually drop at Christmas time, this year they've been rising.

A common problem with pumps that fail inspection is leaking. That means consumers get less gas than they pay for.

Jerry Butler oversees the division. He says inspectors have tested more than 81,000 gas pumps in North Carolina this year, and found problems with around 9,000. The state has more than 120,000 pumps and just 24 inspectors.

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I BUY GAS AT THIS STATION BECAUSE IT IS CLOSE TO MY HOME. THE PUMPS NEVER START PUMPING GAS UNTIL THE PUMP REGULATOR SAYS 9 TO .10 CENTS. tHIS IS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE. I have mentioned it to the clerks with no results. Can this be checked out?

Something needs to done about that. Why is it one station can sell theirs at $2.93 a gallon and another maybe 2 blocks down selling theirs at $3.04? Considering the aspects of quality of gas being questionable i.e. is 87 octane really 87 octane this needs to be addressed.

Do you get upset when Harris Teeter milk sells for twenty-cents more than Food Lion milk? When a Whopper isn't priced identically to a Big Mac?

If gas is priced differently at two stations, owned by two different owners, why should that be "addressed?"

America is a wonderful place. We are all free to choose where we fill up. Let the government get involved in price controls, stifle the individual profit motive, and like the ol' Soviet Union, there won't BE any gasoline.

Gee a >10% failure rate is rather disturbing. 24 people to keep the gas jockeys honest yeah that sounds smart but yet they got tons more ALE officers worried bout some kid buying cigs from a gas station ,or how about hassling people trying to earn an honest living but were more worried bout wow the sin of drinking in a resturant or worse lets criminalize anything that might be bad for you oh like smoking. Hell how long till the morons in Raleigh decide your committing child abuse because your a smoker with a child. wow theres a crisis unlike legal theivery going on from gas stations. yeah thats a sure sign the priorities are right in NC.

Smoking around children, causing them to breathe second-hand smoke, even in your own home or vehicle is child abuse. It is only a matter of time until laws will be passed to address this deplorable situation, and none too soon.