Yesterday, 25 of April, an Esso petrol station from Filderstadt, south of the Baden-Württemberg capital – Germany has displayed an incredible fuel price!!! 9,99 euros ($14.6) for one liter of premium gasoline!
The station was running low on the fuel amid a nationwide shortage.
Several customers filled up without noticing the hike, despite warning signs on the pump not to do so, German newspaper Bild reported. Customer Yunus G. told daily Bild he put 21 litres in his BMW and was asked to pay 210 euros ($294).
“I didn’t pay attention to the price. Who expects something like that? Nearly €10 for one litre? It’s a swindle,” he said.
Another women filled up with 10 liters and the cashiers ask her to pay 100 euros!
Customers slugged with the staggering bills called police, but were told they needed to pay. The gas station had done nothing wrong, police said, because the price was determined by head office.
“The price was determined by the head office,” a police spokesman said.
The customers eventually paid for their petrol and were hoping to sort out a compromise with Esso on Tuesday. Nobody from the station was prepared to comment on Monday afternoon.
Rainer Hillgärtner, spokesman for the Auto Club Europa said the case “resembled the black market.”
“It’s barely believable that global companies blunder into a supply bottleneck like drunks into a village pond,” he said. “The relevant inspectorate has to investigate. That goes also for unfair price rises and exorbitant prices at the pump.”