Computer glitch, competition leads to gas sold for pennies

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TOLEDO, Ohio -- Drivers in Toledo, Ohio, got quite the surprise Sunday morning when they were able to fill their tanks for just pennies per gallon.

A computer malfunction at a Pilot gas station on Hagmann Road caused prices to fall to 49 cents per gallon.

Then, just two hours later, prices fell again to 19 cents per gallon.

“I got 22 cents in and I got 13 gallons so far,” said Taylor Kline, a driver, and satisfied customer. “I can’t complain.”

Drivers weren't the only ones who noticed the jaw-dropping prices though -- the Circle K across the street responded by dropping its prices to 17 cents per gallon.

A clerk at the gas station told WTOL their price drop was not a mistake, instead, they adjusted their prices to compete.

"I already took a video, it's already on Facebook, so yeah, hopefully we'll see what happens," Kline said after sharing the good news on social media. "I don't know how long it'll last, but hopefully long enough for people to fill up their gas tanks for cheap."

The price drop lasted for at least three hours, but now prices are back up to $1.51 a gallon.

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