Fighting for You: MAPCO Officials Fix Signs

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The owners of a gas station near Hampton Cove have kept their word to not mislead drivers. WHNT NEWS 19 is now keeping its word to keep you updated. WHNT NEWS 19 reported twice last week on the mismatched price signs at the MAPCO on Highway 431.

One driver told WHNT NEWS 19 late Monday morning the signs at the MAPCO are turned on again. A WHNT NEWS 19 camera grabbed images of both signs. Our previous reports showed how gas station owners ordered the signs be turned off after one of my stories.

The signs now show drivers what they will pay for gas if they purchase it at the MAPCO near Hampton Cove. Ellie Childress told WHNT NEWS 19’s Venton Blandin in a previous report MAPCO's price per gallon was not always so clear.

"When I was pumping up, that is when I looked at the gas pump and it said 3.28. That's a 22 cent difference," said Childress.

The Marshall County woman noticed conflicting prices on the signs.

"I thought I made a mistake. I started looking around and then said no it was not me. It was the sign that was wrong," added Childress.

Childress and WHNT NEWS 19's Venton Blandin talked with store employees to try getting the problem fixed, but could not get an official response. Employees did turn off the signs about five minutes after WHNT NEWS 19's inquiry.

WHNT NEWS 19's Venton Blandin called MAPCO's corporate office in Tennessee to ask what was going on, but was only given a statement. WHNT NEWS 19 continued to push corporate managers to say when the sign would be fixed, but never got an answer.

A Madison County driver gave me WHNT NEWS 19's Venton Blandin the answer he spent the last week hoping to get.

Childress said she was happy to know the signs were back on and showing the correct prices to customers.