THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, April 19, 1973
Page Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, April 19, 1973
GAS STATIONS COMPLY
Aid for higher education passed
PIRGIM fights ad d
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states that the advertising gim-
micks used by filling stations are1
"so diverse ,that it was virtually1
impossible for a motorist to com-1
pare prices without actually driv-
ing into each station and observ-
ing the pump prices."1
PIRGIM brought a previous1
study's findings before the Attor-
ney General on March 5, asserting!
"the stations did intend the de-1
ception, and the gasoline industry,
was incapable of policing its own
As a result, Kelley instituted thes
guidelines, and informed the Re-
tail DealersaAssociation that they
had three weeks to comply.
In the survey that led to the new
standards, out of the 119 state1
stations, 78. percent posted price
signs, and . of these, 58 percenti
used "misleading and deceptive ad-
vertising." There appeared to be
"no state-wide consistency in the
pricing policy," according to the
PIRGIM contended in this report
that the most common price mis-
representation was failure to in-'
clude the one cent sales tax on
their signs. Half of the time, the
pump price was higher than the
On occasion,PIRGIM had claim-!
ed, the station attendants over-
charged for tax. According to the
state Treasury Dept., the sales tax
is one cent on gasoline having a
retail price of 34 cents a ,gallon,
but for the gas costing less than
34 cents, the tax is less than one
cent. Station managers argued that
calculating fractions of one cent
would place an "undue burden"
Another cogimon practice, PIR-
GIM had said in thiA report, was1
that service stations omitted frac-i
tions of cents on signs, or the let-
tering of the fraction on the adver-1
tising sign was too small to beI
noticed by passing motorsts.
Signs also allegedly misled cus-]
tomers about grades or blends of
gasoline. The report said 38 per-
cent of the stations advertised only
one type of gas with a third post-l
ing a price only for sub-regular orc
low-lead fuel. The most consistent:
offender was Sunoco.1
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"But they also do all sorts ofa
(Continued from Page 1) gram can be operated at so low a
educational payments to veterans, figure.
and $268 million to pay subsidies' The Senate originally voted to
PIRGIM plans to push further for small airlines. Both sums are raise the money for the new pro-
far protection of the consumer. in the budget. gram to $385 million, but in con-
Telschow said, "We hope that The administration had planned ference with the House the higher
there will be a strong bill passed to inaugurate this fall a new basic figure was dropped in favor of the
like the Deceptive Trade Bill that grant program designed to assure'
died last year. The state must all students financial aid if they
die lstyear Thstartec t -need it to attend college. S-h o
have strong laws to protect s.The program was established by S
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Act, soon to be before the state authorized the continuation of ed themselves inside the bank and
legislature, would allow individual existing grant, loan and campus- held hostage about 10 employes
citizens to bring legal actions work programs to provide a wider and 20 customers. The bandits ne-
against gas stations using decep variety of student aid. However, gotiated with police while about
tive practices. the administration proposed the 200 lawmen surrounded the bank.
elimination of two of the programs. Polite using bullhorns urged the
The $872 million for student aid bandits to give themselves up, and
is the same amount Nixon re- police also talked to the gunmen,
;,quested, but the bill provides only from a pay telephone across the
$122 million for the new basic| street.
and wrapped in corn leaves-or grant program instead of the $622 CBS newsman Chris Borgen en-
better still if available toilet million asked. Some doubt the pro- tered the bank to talk to the rob-
Sen. Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.) who
originally proposed the new pro-
gram, objected strongly to the con-
ference agreement but let it go
through because of the urgent need
of the colleges
bers, who told him they did not
want anyone to get hurt.
After police assured the gunmen
they would not be shot as they
emerged, some officers 'entered the
bank and soon came out with the
two gunmen handcuffed to them.
Police put the gunmen in an un-
marked police car and drove them
away through some of the estimat-
ed 3,000 onlookers who crowded the
area as the drama unfolded.
EVEN THE DEAD
the horror "sleeper" of the last few years
an erotic nightmare!
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only eat about an ounce of meat cancer are comparatively uncom-
a week." mon. - Death is usually the result
The drink is unrefined rum and of an accident or of catching in-
the cigarettes are made from to- fluenza from the few outsiders who
bacco grown in their own gardens visit the place."
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