N.C. Attorney General warns of ‘price gouging,’ shares how to report it

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Some gas stations throughout the Piedmont Triad are running out of fuel over the weekend.

North Carolina gas supplies have been cut short with a spill in Alabama, which caused shortages and long lines in the mountains.

N.C. attorney general and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper made a campaign stop in Buncombe County on Saturday while many drivers were lining up at the pumps, WLOS reported.

Cooper told WLOS price gouging could happen again, like it did in 2008 after a hurricane.

“We need to make sure that does not happen,” Cooper said. “We want people to let us know if they see unusually high gas prices in different times of emergencies. When we have seen spikes, we’ve been able to take action against gas companies and others.”

Gov. Pat McCrory tried to ease fears and decrease opportunities for price gouging by waiving some of the size and weight restrictions on gasoline tank trucks in the state with Executive Order 101.

If you see unusually high gas prices and suspect price gouging, Cooper suggests you go to NCDOJ.gov, where you can report price gouging, or call 877-5-NO-SCAM.

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