Safeway Gas Mix Up Could Cost Thousands

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Safeway Gas Mix Up Could Cost Thousands

Post by Alpha8472 » January 7th, 2020, 2:38 pm

The Safeway Gas station in South Lake Tahoe, California sold contaminated gas December 30 through January 2. The diesel and gas were mixed up affecting all types of fuel.

This is causing auto repair shops all over the region to experience surges in car problems costing hundreds to thousands of dollars per vehicle.

I thought Safeway was low quality in the first place, but mistaking diesel for gasoline is a serious error.

Albertsons may just decide to sell off these gas stations since the brand is so tarnished now. I am never buying Safeway gas again.

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Re: Safeway Gas Mix Up Could Cost Thousands

Post by Brian Lutz » January 7th, 2020, 4:46 pm

Problems with the gas supply can happen to anyone. My dad's car got bad fuel from a Shell station that required his car to be towed off the side of the road to the dealer, and although there was no major long term damage, it was out of commission for a week while it was being repaired and the fuel system cleaned out. The gas was bad from the refinery (full of water and sediment), and hundreds of cars were affected throughout the region. Ironically, Safeway stations also got the same bad gas in that case, but it wasn't their fault.

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Re: Safeway Gas Mix Up Could Cost Thousands

Post by storewanderer » January 7th, 2020, 7:14 pm

To be fair the gas truck shows up at the gas station with a third party driver who is not employed by the gas station (in this case anyway- some legitimate chains like Maverik, Quik Trip, etc. have their own gas trucks with their own employees as truck drivers to deliver to the stations but in CA since there are so few corporate gas stations, everything is contracted out to third parties) and the driver gets out and opens up the cover to the tank and releases the gas into the underground tank.

These gas mix ups can happen a couple ways:
1. Wrong gas loaded into the gas truck at the gas storage terminal (so, probably not the truck driver's fault but could be)
2. Gas truck screws up and dumps the wrong fuel into the wrong tank (dumps unleaded into diesel tank - driver's fault)

Not really a scenario where it is the fault of the store selling the gas though. The store is far removed from the gas operation. The clerks inside just take the paperwork from the gas truck driver and that is it. The store employees have no involvement outside with the gas delivery.

Path of least resistance here is to not buy gas at stations that sell diesel. This way the worst that can happen is you get regular unleaded instead of super unleaded.

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