Lawmaker says he was overcharged for gas at La Vergne station

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(Photo: WKRN)

LA VERGNE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Tennessee state lawmaker says a gas station chain charged him the premium price for regular grade gasoline.

On Friday, at the Speedway located at 5540 Murfreesboro Road in La Vergne, Rep. Mike Sparks purchased gas at the station with a Speedway gift card.

He claims that instead of paying $1.93 a gallon for regular unleaded, he was charged $2.54 a gallon, which was the price at that time for premium gas.

So he approached the store manager.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

“He said it was impossible, that it couldn’t happen,” the lawmaker said. “I said sir I promise you it happened to me a month ago.”

That was at a different Speedway in Smyrna.

“This is the second time this happened to me,” Sparks said. “Anybody who knows me knows I’m very frugal. I’m not going to spend a lot of money I don’t need to spend.”

He’s encouraging customers to check their receipts.

The Speedway manager of the La Vergne store called police, which Sparks encouraged.

The manager asked Sparks to leave because he was asking other customers to check their receipts.

“I’m not shopping here anymore,” Sparks said. “They are getting over folks, today they’ve gotten over on too many people. If this is happening to me, it’s happening to thousands of other people across the state.”

News 2 reached out to the manager who referred us to Speedway’s corporate office.

“Speedway takes all customer concerns and complaints very seriously,” Corporate Communications Director Stefanie Griffith said. “We had a maintenance technician inspect the pump in question at our store at 5540 Murfreesboro Rd. in La Vergne, Tennessee, and he found the pump was operating correctly. We are proud to be able to meet the fueling and convenience needs of the residents of La Vergne and across Tennessee.”

However, local law enforcement does not inspect gas pumps. The Weights and Measures division of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture does. The offices were closed Friday for the Veterans Day holiday.

Sparks said he done with Speedway.

“I’ve spent a lot of money over here,” he told News 2. “I’m not going to spend no more money over here anymore.”

The lawmaker plans to file a complaint with the agriculture department.

News 2 got word this afternoon that the same thing happened to a woman at the Speedway on Hwy 109 in Lebanon. At first, the woman thought she had hit the wrong button, but her husband said this should make her feel a lot better, knowing it has happened to someone else.