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.
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