Gas pump 'justice' fueled by high prices in Fairfield
Published 2:26 pm, Friday, April 29, 2011
People are driven to do all sorts of things as gas prices continue to skyrocket.
Just ask Westport resident Hilary Watt.
According to police, Watt, 28, went to the Fairfield Mobil station, 2093 Post Road, Thursday afternoon and paid for $20 worth of gas. But when she got done pumping the fuel, Watt apparently wasn't happy with how much gas her $20 bought.
A gallon of regular was selling for $4.29 at the station Friday.
Disgruntled, she went inside to complain to the attendant, who verified that indeed $20 worth of gasoline had been dispensed and there was really nothing she could do.
Watt allegedly then said that since Mobil "stole" from her, she was going to steal from Mobil, police said. She then grabbed three 5-Hour Energy Shots, worth a total of $9.51, and ran from the store, police said.
The attendant wrote down Watt's license plate number, helping police to track her down at her home. She came to police headquarters where officials said she admitted taking the energy drinks. She then turned the drinks over to police.
The energy drinks were returned to the Mobil station, but the station's management did not want Watt arrested. She was, however, warned not to return.