We all know the gas companies are scamming us. The GUARDIAN has done some investigating and found the practice posting gas prices with an additional “9/10th is meant to be deceiving. And it works.
If one store (remember gas stations?) is charging $2.89 and 9/10th they will outsell the place across the street with gas priced at $2.90 and the fill up there will cost you about 2 cents more for a tank!
We have noticed some of the new digital pumps show prices at $2.899 which looks ominous. You never see gas at $2.89 and 3/16ths or 5/32nds and you will play hell trying to get change if you buy EXACTLY a gallon.
We searched the internet and found several theories for the 9/10th, but the bottom line is they tack the extra 9/10th on the price simply because they can. When gas was 17 cents it may have meant something.
The GUARDIAN has the solution to this situation: The IDAHO LEGISLATURE! The lawmakers who spend untold hours debating gay marriage, abortion, stem cell research, birth control, on again off again sales tax, and elk license plates can certainly make it a crime to post prices in fractions less than one cent.
Maybe someone should start a petition drive as well.
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