Old Gas Pumps Can't Display $4 a Gallon Price

Here's something unexpected about the rising price of gasoline: old mechanical pumps were designed during the time when $4 per gallon was simply unthinkable, so the rotary dials didn't have gears to go beyond $3.99 a gallon!

Like a lot of small-scale entrepreneurs, Cathy Osborne worries that she'll go out of business if fuel prices rise above $4 a gallon. Not because she won't be able to buy gas at that price, but because she won't be able to sell it.

The old mechanical gas pumps with scrolling dials at her country store in Fauquier County lack the gears to go beyond $3.99 a gallon. State inspectors shut down her diesel pump several months ago when the fuel topped the $4 mark, so now all that's left are two pumps dispensing 87-octane gasoline, set at $3.75 -- and climbing.

Link - Thanks Phoenix Kate!

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I live on an island in Maine. The gas pump here (there's only one) is of the above type, but it only goes up to $1.99. So the price is set at $1.47 with a large sign reading SORRY, PRICE MUST BE TRIPLED. So gas is $4.41 a gallon.
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I highly doubt she's gouging customers since that particular store is in the middle of nowhere! I've driven past it many times (and stopped there, just never got gas). She needs to charge the norm to keep the store open. I'll have to pay it a visit since I'll be heading back home for a week and it's on one of my favorite roads to drive in beautiful Fauquier County Virginia! I very much recommend visiting the area too. It's the greatest place to drive if you know all the back roads and secret spots. I love Fauquier County!
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