No, this isn’t a scene from the movie Obama 2016, although at the rate things are going $9 a gallon gas will be here sooner than that. Apparently this is some Lukoil oil station owners lodging a protest.
If you had sticker shock at $4 a gallon for gas, get ready for $9 gas.
Several LukOil franchise owners raised their prices to more than $8 a gallon on Wednesday to protest what they say is the company’s unjustified pricing policies.
They complain that they have to pay up to $.20 a gallon more than other station owners and can’t be competitive.
A station in South Plainfield, N.J. had signs listing regular gas for $8.99 a gallon and premium listed at $9.49 a gallon for cash and $9.59 for credit.
A Shell station across the street had regular gas priced at $3.99 a gallon.
More than 50 franchise owners in N.Y., N.J. and Penn. are part of the price-raising protest.
The clerk at the South Plainfield station told one driver, “I advise you to look at the price on the pump first, and if you like it, I’ll fill your car up. If you don’t, you can drive off.” He decided to find another station.