Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
March 12, 2008
Albany -- You will see a pre-pay sign at most of the gas pumps in Southwest Georgia. "We are pre-pay at all of our location," said Woodall's Gas owner, Wright Woodall.
And that sign is helping keep thieves at bay. "Well a lot of them are detoured because the service stations make them pay for the gas first," said Albany Police Lieutenant, Joe Moored.
"When you've got $3.50 gasoline or $3.25 gasoline that becomes a valuable commodity for people who can't afford it, but have to have it. In a lot of cases they will do what they have to do to get it," said Woodall.
With gas prices being so high, customers understand why they have to come inside to pay first.
"I used to really think it was an inconvenience, but in light of drive-offs and the cost of gas, I can understand. I feel bad for the clerks inside who at many times are responsible for the drive away. Its not a real good deal for them," said Tom Seegmueller.
Pre-paying also helps keep prices at the pump down. "As prices rise generally as a rule our margins shrink. When we do have a drive of it takes longer to recoup," said Wright.
"I think drive-offs are like any other form of theft. You are taking something without paying for it. In essence that price is passed on to all of us like shoplifting in a store," said Seegmueller.
So though it may seem like more trouble to have to go inside first, that walk makes filling up your gas tank easier on your wallet.
It is a misdemeanor to drive off without paying for gas. Thieves can receive up to a thousand dollar fine, a suspended license and spend time in jail.