The destruction left by Hurricane Harvey and the uncertainty of Hurricane Irma has caused many South Carolina residents to rush to the pump, resulting in long lines and in some cases supply shortages. Unfortunately, some gas stations may take advantage of the high demand of fuel.
Attorney General Alan Wilson says South Carolina's anti-price-gouging law is in now effect for the next 15 days.
Wilson announced that SC Gov. Henry McMaster's emergency declaration triggered the state law that makes it criminal to unfairly hike prices amid a disaster.
Price gouging is illegal, and the Office of the Attorney General has authority to prosecute any business that engages in price gouging after a disaster has been declared by the Governor. If you or someone you know has experienced price gouging, the South Carolina Attorney General’s office has the following advice:
1. Note the time, place, address, and name of the gas station
2. Note the price you paid
3. Note any prices nearby and get the same information on those stations
4. Take pictures that identify the station, along with the price
5. Provide your name and contact information
The SC Attorney General's office will need that information in order to conduct a thorough investigation. Please email any examples or documentation to email@example.com or call 803-737-3953 and leave a message if you have witnessed a likely violation.