by Mike Masnick
Fri, May 2nd 2008 7:58pm
With gas prices across the country soaring to over $4/gallon, you may want to track down one of those (now mostly rural) gas stations that still uses really old gas pumps. It turns out that many of them were not designed to handle prices over $4. They go right up to $3.99 9/10... and that's it. While there aren't that many gas stations left that still have these pumps, it's causing a bit of a mess for them. The article highlights one station that has huge signs everywhere explaining that the price on the pump is inaccurate, and the station will apply a multiplier to the final amount to get the price right. While operating a gas pump with the incorrect price being shown is illegal, it sounds like (at least in Washington, where the story was written), state officials are making exceptions -- though it wants the stations to have plans in place to upgrade the pumps. I guess this is sort of the gas station industry's version of Y2K.
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