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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Consumers Getting Feisty

Last evening while driving home, I encountered two protesters standing on the street by a gas station. "Buyer Beware", warned one sign with a colorful background. The other sign I could not read, so I turned around for a better look.

Upon arriving at the scene I got out of my car and had the chance to meet Ben and his friend. Ben believes the filling station was not playing fair with its pumps. He claims the pumps say they are pumping more gas than they really are.

I'm not in a position to know who is right on this one. (The state had promised to visit the station yesterday for an examination.) But the fact that a consumer and his friend had the gumption to create a couple of protest signs and show up at the station is a sign of a new combativeness on the part of the buying public. It is a hopeful sign given all the stealing -- legalized and otherwise -- which has been going on in the business world.

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