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Gas Station Chain Pays the Piper

February 25th, 2009 by flanews

The American Red Cross will now have more money to help families in crisis, thanks to a gas station chains settlement with the state.

Flash Foods settled with the Attorney Generals Office after being accused of gas price gouging. 16 Flash Foods stations hiked prices as Hurricane Ike moved through the Gulf of Mexico in September. The money will go into the Disaster Relief Fund. Red Cross CEO David Chayer said the extra cash will help feed Florida families in crisis.

We can serve up to 13,000 meals a day with $40,000. We can open and staff two shelters for two weeks to provide comfort from the storm, a safe place to sleep, and a warm place to stay for families, said Chayer.

The state is still working on 16 other gas price gouging investigations stemming from Hurricane Ike.

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