Drive Offs on the Rise Due to Hike in Gas Prices

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

The average for a gallon of gas in Alabama is $3.13 a gallon.

As that price continues to rise, many gas stations are battling with motorists filling up, and taking off.

Helen Randall is no stranger to people coming to Little Al's in Ozark, filling up and driving off. "When I came back on Monday, the guy here told me they had a drive off on Sunday for $45 dollars; it was two girls and they thought it was funny," she said.

Randall's store is one of many in Ozark that's been hit by numerous pump and runs.

Recently, the Murphy Gas Station dealt with the same problem.

"Sometimes, you try to be nice and authorize the pump so they can go ahead and get the gas and they just don't come in and pay; they just take off and that's it," Randall added.

Deputy Chief Myron Williams with the Ozark Police says the rise of gas prices and the economy's current state drives up the number of drive-offs. "With the price of gas right now, people consider that and the need and you know, the need that they have to go from place to place along with balancing that out, trying to feed the family."

And, the trend doesn't seem to be slowing down.

Deputy Williams added, "I would probably have to say right now, we're probably going to have somewhere between three to four a day. So, we're gonna’ be somewhere probably around 34 a week."

Helen says with those numbers, she'll most likely have to switch to pre-pay pumps; an inconvenience for many, but a solution for the company.

Williams says the truck stops are one of the biggest problem areas, losing $400 to $600 dollars each fill up for the company.


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