Tarry for the Nonce

May 10, 2007

Putting In My Two Cents

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 9:38 am

A kindly gas station owner offered discounted gas to senior citizens, but the great state of Wisconsin will have none of it.

A service station that offered discounted gas to senior citizens and people supporting youth sports has been ordered by the state to raise its prices . . .

Bhandari said he received a letter from the state auditor last month saying the state would sue him if he did not raise his prices. The state could penalize him for each discounted gallon he sold, with the fine determined by a judge.

Wow. Good thing Wisconsin keeps a sharp eye out for such thievery. Who knows what those old people could do with that extra $0.02!

(Hat tip to Dave Rumoro.)



  1. Hmmm. I wondering what the reasoning is behind the law?

    Comment by Howard R — May 10, 2007 @ 10:55 am

  2. Wisconsin regulates retail gas prices.

    But the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says those deals violate Wisconsin’s Unfair Sales Act, which requires stations to sell gas for about 9.2 percent more than the wholesale price.

    As Laura says, those state authorities really have their priorities straight. I’m guessing someone snitched.

    Comment by Toly — May 10, 2007 @ 2:47 pm

  3. I have to wonder if the law isn’t in place to prevent large companies from forcing the privately owned stations out of business on price.

    While you may not agree with the rationale, I can’t believe that this law was just formed out of the blue.

    Comment by Howard R — May 10, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

  4. Hey Laura! Time to trim some of these posts.

    Comment by Howard R — May 17, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

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