Faulty Gas Pumps

by Christa Lollis

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - After three days of in depth investigations during what was called Operation Spotlight, Texas Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples found several Sunmart gas stations weren't pumping out all the gas customers were paying for. He said, "990 of Sunmarts 1704 fuel pumps cheated consumers. In fact 47, over half of those Sunmart stations cheated customers on more than half of their pumps and 15 of those 47 stations had every single pump cheating drivers."

Those pumps have now been shut down and Staples is warning other companies that if they're cutting corners he will find out. "At a time when families are struggling to purchase fuel I'm sure all Texans would agree with me that despicable violations such as those we discovered in our operation spotlight on Sunmart stations are repulsive and must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

He has handed all of the information over to the Attorney General and he says Sunmart will be held accountable.

And East Texans should be on the lookout too. Staples says the key is when you fill up your gas tank to make sure you're getting what you paid for. Things like clocking your mileage and paying attention to how much gas your tank can hold will help make sure your tank isn't being cheated.

"Whether Texas drivers are cheated one dollar or one million dollars, one Texans being cheated is one Texans too many," Staples said. The Agricultural Commissioner says Sunmart isn't the norm. He explained that inspections have shown 95 percent of stations are up to standards.