|Refunds due for overpriced diesel|
|The Press - News|
|Written by Joel Addington|
|Thursday, 03 May 2012 16:04|
If you put diesel fuel in your vehicle at the BP station on US 90 in Macclenny within the last month or two, you could receive a refund check for being overcharged by 85 cents a gallon.
Just such a check arrived in Glen St. Mary resident Penny Branch’s mail box on April 28 after she contacted M&R Enterprises of Brevard, Inc. in Cocoa, FL, which she said owns the gas pumps at the BP station located at 427 W. Macclenny Ave.
Mrs. Branch was curious why the price of diesel fuel at the station was $4.90 a gallon when the diesel at Macclenny’s other BP station at 1494 S. 6th St. was selling it for $4.05.
She contacted the US 90 station, which referred her to M&R Enterprises, which in turn, referred her to the company’s area representative.
After reviewing receipts and credit card statements, Mrs. Branch found that her husband, who drives a diesel-fed pickup truck, bought fuel at the station a number of times between March 22 and April 13, when the price was $4.90 a gallon.
After faxing this information to the company’s representative, Mrs. Branch was refunded the $26.18 her husband was overcharged at the pump.
“They were very nice and did refund the money, but how many more people got gas there and didn’t keep their receipts or paid cash. They would have no way to prove it,” she said.
The gas station property is owned by Crow’s Nest, LLC of Cocoa, which supplied the refund and shares the same principal address as M&R Enterprises of Brevard, Inc. in Cocoa, according to state records.
Messages left with the company’s representative, Carmen Rodgers of Southeast Petro Distributors, Inc., which also has the same principal address, were not returned.
Mrs. Branch said she was told by Ms. Rodgers that M&R owns the pumps and the price should’ve been $4.19 a gallon, but the attendants leasing the store failed to program the correct price.
However, Mrs. Branch said, the attendant she spoke with at the gas station pointed to M&R, saying the company owns the pumps and sets the prices.
“They said they had nothing to do with the pumps,” Mrs. Branch recalled.
M&R/Southeast Petro can be reached at (321) 631-0245.
Pumps at the BP station on US 90 were closed down by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services last month.
“Out of Service” tags dated April 19, 2012 were placed on the pumps and contain hand-written notes stating, “Refuse for state to inspect.”
Matthew Curran of department’s petroleum inspection division said the elevated pricing and the out of service tags were likely not related.
|Last Updated on Friday, 04 May 2012 11:48|