Drivers over a barrel

As a former business owner, I agree with businesses making a profit. This Penticton gas thing is not a profit. It is a total rip-off.

As a former business owner, I agree with businesses making a profit. This Penticton gas thing is not a profit. It is a total rip-off.

Prior to the August long weekend when oil prices were lowering, the local stations all lowered their prices to $1.21 or $1.22 for regular gas. Within days, and surprising enough the day before the long weekend, prices dramatically increased to $1.29. They have stayed that way to this day.

I had to travel to the North Okanagan for a weekend function in Armstrong and the dramatic price change made me angry enough to write this letter. All Penticton and Summerland stations are price fixed at $1.29, and 20 minutes down the road you arrive in Westbank where all stations are $1.19 with one even down to $1.18 per liter. Through Kelowna, Winfield, Vernon and Armstrong there was at least a variety of pricing from $1.19 to $ 1.24 and these stations must be operating at a profit.

That means we are all being taken for up to 10 cents per litre or $6 to $7 per fill up of your average car. That’s a pretty good rip-off.

Garry Brunner

 

Naramata