Legislator gouged at gas pump?

Police were called to a Lavergne gas station after state Rep. Mike Sparks, R-Smyrna, complained to the manager of the Speedway station that he had been overcharged for fuel, reports WKRN-TV. The legislator says he plans to file a complaint with the state Department of Agriculture, which oversees enforcement of gas pump regulations in Tennessee.

He claims that instead of paying $1.93 a gallon for regular unleaded, he was charged $2.54 a gallon, which was the price at that time for premium gas. So he approached the store manager.

“He said it was impossible, that it couldn’t happen,” the lawmaker said. “I said sir I promise you it happened to me a month ago.”

That was at a different Speedway in Smyrna.

“This is the second time this happened to me,” Sparks said. “Anybody who knows me knows I’m very frugal. I’m not going to spend a lot of money I don’t need to spend.”

…The Speedway manager of the La Vergne store called police, which Sparks encouraged. The manager asked Sparks to leave because he was asking other customers to check their receipts.

(A Speedway spokeswoman says the pump was checked and it was working correctly.)

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