Driver Fills Gas Tank for Just 26 Cents

Ohio gas station blames price war, computer glitch
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 15, 2016 3:47 PM CST
Driver Fills Gas Tank for Just 26 Cents
A gas station attendant pumps gas in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

A computer glitch led to a brief price war between two gas stations in northwest Ohio, allowing some drivers to fill their tanks for pennies per gallon, the AP reports. According to WTOL-TV, a computer malfunction dropped prices at one north Toledo gas station, and another across the street lowered its prices to stay competitive early Sunday. Customer Taylor Kline told the station he filled his empty tank at an incredible price. "I just filled my gas tank up from dead empty for 26 cents," says Kline. "That's too funny. I already took a video, it's already on Facebook, so yeah, hopefully we'll see what happens."

The extra-low pricing lasted at least three hours before returning to normal. Ohio's average price for a gallon of regular gas was $1.55 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down from $2.29 a year ago. The national average Monday for regular gas was $1.70. (Read more gas stations stories.)

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