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Price gouging a concern for many drivers post-Irma

Marathon gas prices / Brittany Collins (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Gas prices are still on the rise due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Many people have concerns of price gouging.

"I was like goodness, my gas prices went up too high," said driver Charles Tolbert. "I couldn't believe it. I just couldn't."

Tolbert heard some people price gouging items like gas.

"I don't think it's fair because right now everybody is going through a crisis," he said. "No lights, hurricanes tearing up houses. It's hard on a lot of people in Georgia."

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said price gouging is when a seller increases the price of goods or services higher than what's reasonable.

So far there are 150 allegations of price gouging currently being investigated.

"A company can build a cost in the supply chain," Carr said. "What we encourage companies to do before they raise the price is call and talk to us. We'll tell you if you're doing it the right way."

Marathon station owner Corey Mangham has had consumers blame him for gas prices increasing, but he said that's not his fault.

"It's the provider that goes up on their gas," he explained. "When they go up on their price, then I go up on my gas."

Other consumers are paying close attention to prices before they pay for anything.

"If you see 20 cents in a day's time then something needs to be addressed, if it spikes that quick," said driver Chris McCain.

Regardless of the gas prices increasing, drivers say they have no other choice than to pay.

"We still have to survive and get to work and do whatever we have to do," McCain said.

Carr said GasBuddy.com has how much people should be paying for gas at their location.


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