Deputies asked to track down 1 cent gas customers - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Deputies asked to track down 1 cent gas customers

ATHOL, Idaho. - A North Idaho gas station has asked the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department to track down gas customers who paid only 1 cent per gallon at the station on Highway 95.

Cydco Food and Fuel Manager Debbie Felts says the fueling happened between 1:45 a.m. and 3:40 a.m. Saturday after a computer error resulted in the charge of only 1 cent per gallon instead of $2.86. According to the report filed with the sheriff's department, 374 gallons of gas were pumped at 1 cent per gallon.

According to the report, two people returned to pay full price for the gas, but Felts also believes  one of the customers returned to the station to get more gas at the incorrect price.

"We had our prices so low we were losing money on fuel in appreciation of our customers," said Felts. "Now we feel like one of them is stealing from us."

Deputies say because transactions at the pump were so close together, they believe customers called friends to tell them about the price error.

While the station has many pumps, the error only affected one. The station does have video surveillance of the pumps, but the camera that covers the pump under investigation stopped working the night before the gas was pumped.

The total loss to Cydco is estimated to be more than $1,000.

The cause of the computer error is still under investigation.

Penny Gas | What would you do?: Some customers returned to pay full price for the gas; another is believed to have returned to further take advantage of the computer error. What would you have done? Why? Tell us by leaving your comments below.

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