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'Rip off': Gas station owner to stop selling fuel

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AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The fuel nozzle will soon be shut off at a Massachusetts gas station – not because of a shortage or hard times, but because the owner feels customers shouldn’t have to pay these prices.

“When they said to go up 20 cents one day and 20 cents the next morning, that’s 40 cents in two days? I knew it was a rip-off,” said Reynold Gladu, the owner of Ren’s Mobil in Amherst.

He has been serving customers since 1973 when he said it was $1.39 for super. During that time, he’s seen gas shortages, and the price bump with the recession.

But Gladu said nothing compares to the record-breaking numbers we see now.

Gladu gets his gas supply from Exxon Mobil. He said he’s particularly frustrated with this most recent quarterly report.

In the first few months of 2022, he said the earnings – excluding identified items – were $8.8 billion, which the company notes was a $6 billion increase compared to the same timeframe in 2021.

“They won’t stop,” Gladu said. “They’re number one in the country and they’ll always be because there is no conscience and I have one.”

Once they run out of gas, Gladu said they will not close their doors. They will still offer auto repair services.

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