I agree with a recent letter, that the price of gas has been crazy as of late.
However, there is actually one thing that gas stations do that I really like. When that gas pump says $19.95 then that is the real price. They are not lying to you. Hand them a $20 bill, and you will receive a nickel in return.
Now try to buy some general merchandise, elsewhere, that is listed at $19.95; hand them a $20 bill, and see how much change you receive. If you expect a nickel in return, it is quite possible the cashier will laugh at you and call you stupid.
Quite often, there are all sorts of sales taxes, and environmental levies, that are added to that $19.95; even worse, the sales tax rates and list of exemptions are constantly changing. It’s really quite irritating. You never really know how much something might cost.
At least local gas stations do not impose that same irritation on their customers.