Examples: [Collected via e-mail, 2005]
I tried to verify this at Google but was unable to verify or not. I have to wonder if this is a doctored photo. Gouging of this sort is, I thought, a law violation.
Origins: In the days immediately after Hurricane Katrina stuck the Gulf Coast in
Prices didn't stay at these levels for long, however — on the same day this photograph was taken, Georgia governor Sonny Perdue signed an executive order authorizing sanctions against price-gouging gasoline retailers:
"I do not believe there is an energy emergency in this state but we will not tolerate our citizens perceiving the fact there is by exorbitant price-gouging prices," he said.
Perdue's order allows the Gov.'s Office of Consumer Affairs to seek civil sanctions against retailers who can't justify their prices based on the price they paid at the terminal for the product, adjusted for their normal markup.
Last updated: 1 September 2005
Associated Press. "Perdue Signs Order Allowing Sanctions Against Gas Gougers." AccessNorthGa.com. 1 September 2005.