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Bronwood station owner justifies $5.69 gasoline

Amanda Patel wants her customers to know she doesn't sell gas to get rich. She sells it because we all need it. Amanda Patel wants her customers to know she doesn't sell gas to get rich. She sells it because we all need it.
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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

September 16, 2008

BRONWOOD, GA (WALB) - Gas pumps at the S&A convenience store in Bronwood are empty; and when you see the price for a gallon of regular unleaded, you know why. "We are a small business, independently owned," said owner Amanda Patel. "I have invoices, and I've paid more than what people realize."

Patel said they ran out of gas 11 o'clock Friday. And they didn't get another shipment until six o'clock that evening. "The Friday morning gas was $3.69, and the Friday afternoon gas cost me $5.47," said Patel. 

The invoice from that shipment shows she paid $4.99 per gallon and .48 cents in taxes. "Add it all together and I paid $5.47. So I just want people to understand that I don't want anything from anybody. I work just like the next person," said Patel.

Selling it at $5.69 only gives her a 22 cent per gallon profit that is used to help keep the store going. "The pumps don't run for free. Electricity is not free, payroll is not free. Taxes have to be paid. All that comes out of that. And what am I left with it at the end is just a few pennies," said Patel.

But she wants her customers to know she doesn't sell gas to get rich. She sells it because we all need it. "It's for the customer. I don't make any money of gas anyway. I have to get to work everyday. I need gas. You have to get to work everyday, you need gas. So without it what can we do," said Patel.

Patel is happy the harassment has drastically slowed down. "I was getting anonymous phone calls from people I don't know if I knew. And they would just said things to me that were uncalled for," said Patel. Because she understands everyone's frustration and is just as ready for gas prices to go down, too.

"Today's buying price is still well over five dollars. So if I ordered any today, it would be the same thing and possibly a little more. And after what I went through yesterday, that makes me not want to buy gas," said Patel.

But she did put in a request to get more gas, but said she doesn't know when the shipment will come in. The S&A convenience store is one of only two gas stations in Bronwood. And Patel's store is the only one who still has gas.

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