Brother just sent me this. He said the mistake got him 18 gallons of gas for $6.


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  1. We had something like that happen around town. The police tracked down everyone who got gas during that time and 90% of them got tickets for it. Even though it was a mistake by a new employee theft is theft.

    1. That’s something I’d fight in court. The customer has paid the advertised price. That’s not theft. That’s just an accident.

      1. I agree, but the advertised price was 3.00+ just someone noticed the mistake and called a friend who called a friend. I dont know the details just what was in the paper.

        1. same deal with the bank accidentally transfer money into your account. They will take it back, and if you spend it, you now owe bank the money.

          honest customer would let the gas station know they fuck up and let them fix it. Really, you are not taking an advantage over the big oil company. You are getting the $10/hr employee unemployed over an typo. Merry x’mas to that guy.

      2. In NZ the law takes into account typos in advertising. Most big businesses would honour the price to avoid negative publicity, but they don’t legally have to.

    2. Happened near us as well, people queued up all day, the Police gave people the option, pay for the fuel they took, or be charged. If it was a chain-store, they probably would not have acted, but it was a locally owned station, would have bankrupted him.

    3. i work at a gas station if the pump price is different thats what you’re paying we just hope that when that happens someone lets us know

  2. This happened at a Petrol station near me, they accidentally made it 14p per liter instead of £1.40 and the queue of cars was so long that the people coming to change it couldn’t get through for about 2 hours!

    It’s so silly that some places would count it as stealing, if that’s the advertised price then they have to sell it for that and if people got charged they could counter-sue for False advertising

    1. If you’re reasonably sure the price is a mistake, and you get it for that price without even asking about whether or not it’s a mistake, it’s pretty much the same as stealing, though technically it’s not illegal. It’s stealing by any moral definition but not by any legal one that I know of.

      But it’s not false advertising to make a misprint or mis-mark a price. A lot of people think that of a store advertises something at a certain price, they HAVE to sell it at that price. That’s not true at all. Misprints occur. The only way a store’s managers could be prosecuted for false advertising is if there’s clear evidence they did it deliberately to bait customers. But stores don’t do that anyway, because it’s really bad PR–you do that to a customer once and they never shop at your store again.

      You can sue a store for false advertising but it would be ridiculous, because first, it would be next to impossible to prove false advertising and second, if you won, exactly how would the judge assess your damages? Maybe, the judge might order the store to sell you the item at the advertised price, but when you consider the time and effort it would take to show false advertising, it wouldn’t be worth it.

      1. True, I only added the suing thing in there for the ‘Murricans, I’m from England and we’re not really into suing over every little thing (we prefer to settle arguments over a cup of Earl Grey or a politely written but strongly worded letter).

        Pretty sure EU law states that the shops are responsible for accurate pricing and the price displayed must be the price charged at the till. There is also a by-law I believe on accidental pricing, but the rule around that is that if the cashier doesn’t tell you before a transaction has been made (and thus giving you the opportunity to not buy it at the higher price it should be at) then you are legally allowed to purchase it at the marked price 🙂 It may be different in other countries, though

      2. When I used to work in retail we often had customers try to switch tickets and claim the cheaper price was legally the one they had to pay. Didn’t work. The phrase at the time was ‘The price on the ticket for the item is an invitation to treat’ and not binding until the store agreed on the sale.