Old-School Pumps Can't Register New Gas Prices

Mechanical dials can't register prices over $4
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2008 7:30 PM CDT
A customer pumps gas where self-serve regular gasoline exceeds the $4-a-gallon mark, with Diesel fuel at $4.50, at a Mobil station in Los Angeles Friday, April 25, 2008.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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(Newser) – With gas at nearly $4 a gallon, thousands of American gas station owners foresee trouble—because their old-time pumps can't price gas at higher than $3.99. "In small towns, where you don't have the volume, there's no way you can afford to pay for the replacements for these old pumps," one owner told the AP. "It's just not economically feasible."