The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 March 2008

From the "How dare you" files

The owner of a Tulsa convenience store today pleaded no contest to three misdemeanor violations of the Oklahoma Emergency Price Stabilization Act during the December ice storm.

Mohammed Mannan, owner of the M&F Mart north of 31st on Memorial, was given a six-month deferred sentence, was fined $1500 plus court costs, and will have to pay refunds to customers who can prove their purchases.

Pertinent provision of the Act:

A. No person for the duration of a declaration of emergency by the Governor of this state or by the President of the United States and for thirty (30) days thereafter shall sell, rent, or lease, or offer to sell, rent, or lease, for delivery in the emergency area, any goods, services, dwelling units, or storage space in the emergency area at a rate or price which is more than ten percent (10%) above the rate or price charged by the person for the same or similar goods, services, dwelling units, or storage spaces immediately prior to the declaration of emergency unless the increase in the rate or price is attributable only to factors unrelated to the emergency and does not include any increase in profit to the seller or owner.

Mr Mannan was charged with boosting his price for unleaded regular gasoline from $2.69 to $3.29, a 22-percent hike. Presumably there would have been no complaints had he simply closed up shop for the duration and sold no gas at all.

Posted at 5:57 PM to Soonerland

How dare he think that he can set the price on his own goods!

Posted by: Tam at 7:06 PM on 24 March 2008

But it would be a universal good if the Federal government added that much to his price to penalize his customers for their dependence upon his product and for the children!

Posted by: Brian J. at 7:23 PM on 24 March 2008

Welcome to Oklahoma SSR.

A fuel station owner is required to price the fuel at taxes plus 6-30% above the average daily wholesale fuel prices. Pricing at 5% gets the same fine as 31%.

Oklahoma SSR has several other anti-competitive laws like this in place. Now you know what they REALLY mean when they say that Oklahoma is a 'Red' state.

Posted by: Dan B at 9:15 PM on 24 March 2008

It appears that the state of Oklahoma is prepared to protect its citizens right into a fuel shortage.

Posted by: Dan Paden at 9:22 PM on 24 March 2008

Geez, guys, and here I was in NY, surrounded by liberals, from street Robin Hood types to "limousine", thinking - but this, as they say, is not America. Not real America. There, following the sun run, is the spirit of this country..uncorrupted, pioneer, individualist, free...

Then I went to Detroit. Aha. Then they tell me about Chicago - what a tin of red wiggling worms! Then someone brags being a socialist from Minnesota (as if it's some sort of a quality stamp). And now OK? OK?

Where's my clinex?

Posted by: Tatyana at 11:03 PM on 24 March 2008

In a year or two from now, people will look back at this and say, "$3.29 a gallon? WHAT A BARGAIN!"

Posted by: Flack at 9:20 AM on 30 March 2008