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DANVILLE, Ind. -- Three gas retailers in the area here are offering refunds to customers who paid more than $4 a gallon for fuel last week, after the state attorney general investigated the stations after receiving complaints from customers, local television station WRTV reported.
The stations -- a Speedway and a Marathon in Danville and a Marathon in Avon -- were reportedly selling regular unleaded gas for $4.09 on Friday, while others in the area were selling the same grade for about $3.39 per gallon. The high price initially started at the Speedway station, where an employee accidentally set the regular unleaded gas price at the price for diesel, according to Attorney General Steve Carter.
After learning of the hike, workers at the two Marathon stations decided to match it, the report stated, citing the state officials.
"These prices stuck out like a sore thumb and were clearly excessive in the marketplace," Carter told the station.
Customers who bought gas at the inflated price will be refunded the difference between what they paid and market price at the time, amounting to about 70 cents a gallon, the report stated. Those customers that paid with a credit card at the Speedway station have already been refunded, with money placed on their cards, according to the report. Speedway customers paying cash must call (800) 643-1948 to receive refunds. If not claimed within two weeks, Speedway will donate the funds to charity, the station reported.
"The stations involved have cooperated with our inquiry and recognize the need to provide customer refunds," Carter said.
One Marathon station already made refunds, while the Avon station's customers need to present a receipt or record of credit card purchase to the station in person, according to the report.