“When the cost of gas spiked above $4.75 earlier this month, Gradu decided he would not charge customers any higher.”
Amherst, MA is home to several major colleges, it’s the life blood of the town. Now a gas station that has served the town for decades is closing shop.
Campus Reform reports:
‘Out of Gas’: College town gas station stops sales to protest high prices
A small-town gas station and service shop near three college campuses in Amherst, Massachusetts, announced it will no longer sell gas since the price has become too high to charge.
“I don’t want to be part of it anymore,” Ren Gladu, owner of Ren’s Mobile, told Daily Hampshire Gazette. “This is the biggest ripoff that ever has happened to people in my lifetime.”
The college town station is around the block from Amherst College and is within driving distance from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst (1.2 miles) and Hampshire College (4.7 miles).
When the cost of gas spiked above $4.75 earlier this month, Gradu decided he would not charge customers any higher.
After ExxonMobil increased the price per gallon by 20 cents for two consecutive days, Gradu froze operations and put up signs that read “Out of Gas.”
“Dealing with Mobil, they don’t think through their pricing policies anymore,” he stated. “I’ve served their product, but I refuse to do it anymore, because they’re only getting richer.”
Operations Media Manager Julie King told Campus Reform that ExxonMobil “does not set gasoline prices.”
“Prices at the pump are influenced by the price of crude, and wholesale price of products which fluctuate according to demand and supply factors- such as economic conditions and seasonal factors, fuel production, inventory levels, storage and transportation cost,” she said.
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