Some drivers are paying more at the pump than they bargained for

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Every little bit counts when you fill up at the pump.

Now, new videos show the cost doesn’t always stop even when the gasoline does.

One recording out of Oklahoma shows a person taking the nozzle out of the tank, and the numbers kept going up.

A similar problem happened at a station in Kansas City, Kan.

Kansas State Senator David Haley realized he paid more than he bargained for.

“As soon as the payment was registered, before the handle could be pulled or squeezed that goes into the pump, then it would start higher than zero,” Haley said.

Haley said one driver had an extra $0.38 added to their bill.

That money adds up.

“Over the course of a day, or even an hour at any station on that pump, there is additional money, revenue being stolen from the various gas customers,” Haley explained.

The problem has since been corrected.

However, another video shows a faulty pump squeezes more out of customers in California.

Senator Haley said it’s a crime.

“It’s theft. It's theft by deception. This kind of fraud should not benefit any business and it should certainly not harm the consumer," Haley said.

In Missouri, inspectors check pumps every six months.

In Kansas, however, it’s not as frequent.

“I know that Kansas is behind the curve on this. It's every 18 months or every year and a half,” said Haley.

If you notice a faulty pump, you can contact your state’s Weight and Measures office. There are online forms to report the problem.

Missouri inspectors typically respond within two days.

If the pump doesn’t meet standards, the office issues a stop sale until the problem is fixed.

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