Kane in Your Corner: Bad gas

LEONIA - A Bergen County man says he bought bad gas from a service station in Englewood. A Kane In Your Corner investigation finds the gas station owner has a history of violations with the state.

Sidney Gitter says he bought $10 worth of gas at the station, and the next day his car wouldn't start. Receipts from his car dealer's service department say the problem was "fuel contamination." When the service station wouldn't pay Gitter's repair bill, he took the station owner, Irfan Hassan, to court and won a $347 judgment, but Hassan still hasn't paid.

Kane In Your Corner has learned the New Jersey Office of Weights and Measures has repeatedly fined Hassan over the last three years for violations, including selling regular gas as premium and selling at higher prices than were posted. But Hassan's chain of stations remains in business, which Gitter says is wrong.

"There doesn't seem to be a strong incentive for him to cease what he is doing because it's paying off for him in the end," Gitter says, arguing that Hassan makes more money using these tactics than he has to pay in fines.

The Office of Weights and Measures says it does not have the authority to revoke a gas station's license, but it has passed the history of complaints to the Department of Treasury, which does have the authority. A Treasury spokesman will only say the issue is "being discussed."

Kane In Your Corner tried to contact Hassan by phone and in person, but he did not return our phone messages, and a worker at his gas station said they did not know where to find him.

Complaints about bad gas?New Jersey Division of Consumer AffairsOffice of Weights and Measures732-815-4840

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