Contact 15: Pinch at Pump May be Illegal

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

Contact 15, as we first told you Monday night, the pinch at the pump is going to get worse. And Tuesday, it did just that, and experts say no relief is in sight.

"In Milwaukee metro area, it is $2.99 right now, and that is before these overnight prices have been factored in, so it looks like three bucks a gallon might be here," says Bob Bartlett, president of the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association.

That is because in the past two days, retailers have seen their prices go up by 40 cents. And from Madison to Milwaukee, the surge is unsettling for some.

Consumer Protection is responding to some of those fuel frustrations.
Tuesday, they received more than 30 phone calls from mad motorists.
Some say they have seen prices raised twice in 24 hours at one gas station. That's against Wisconsin law.

"We've also had complaints from consumers that said they were at gas station (Tuesday), and while they were in the gas station the price was changed and they were charged the higher price. That is a violation. You are supposed to be charged the lowest advertised price," says Glen Loyd from Wisconsin Consumer Protection.

Investigators are looking into the complaints.

If you have a gas price complaint to report, contact consumer protection at 1-800-422-7128.

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