I got price-gouged twice in one day. Gas stations like to use the old bait and switch routine. I had Aaron video tape me getting ripped off.
Scenario one: It's four o'clock in the morning and I go to the only twenty-four hour gas station on the road near my hotel. The sign says $2.74 per gallon. I pull up to the pump and regular gas is $3.35. Another sign posted where it can't be seen from the street has small print. SMALL PRINT!It says: "$2.74 for regular with ethanol, pumps 2, 5, & 8" or something to that effect. Funny thing is, when I Googled "Conoco" this article came up. I'm not the only one miffed about this funky marketing...
I only got enough gas to get down the road to a more honest store.
Scenario two: We miss the exit I need for gas because I'm talking on the cell. The sign says "last services for 35 miles". I still have a quarter tank so I roll through. When I get to the exit with the gas, it's the only gas station in Buford, Nebraska (population 1). The sign visible from Interstate 10 says $2.69 per gallon. When I pulled up to the pump, gas was $2.99 per gallon. Again, there was a sign with small print. "$2.69 with card". So I go in to inquire about the card; $25. I was livid, but I really needed gas. I got enough to get me down the road a ways. I was livid. I felt violated.
Day Four: Susanville, CA, to Eureka, CA. 261 miles. Got home, kissed the charming and beautiful Susan and Princess Ali. Then Aaron and I unloaded the truck. I'm beat. But I'm happy I'll be sleeping in my own bed tonight.