Record gas prices prompt Coon Rapids to mandate gas prepayment

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Coon Rapids is the first Minnesota city moving toward mandatory prepayment.
As of last weekend, the average price for a gallon of gasoline in Minnesota stood at $3.43 a gallon. That's an all-time record.

It's no surprise that rising gas prices correlate with increased drive-off gasoline thefts, which can be devastating for low-profit-margin gas stations.

Thanks in large part to the lobbying of small station owners, the city of Coon Rapids last night approved a plan requiring prepayment at all pumps -- a first in Minnesota.

Currently, station owners can decide to require prepayment at their own businesses, but some worry that doing so might drive customers elsewhere. The Coon Rapids ordinance gets around that problem by mandating prepayment throughout the city.

According to the Star Tribune, though there were only 225 fuel thefts in Coon Rapids in 2002, that number rose to 481 last year. In 2010, less than 2 percent of fuel thefts in the city resulted in an arrest, compared to a 74 percent arrest rate for shoplifting.

With gas prices going nowhere but up in the short term, Coon Rapids' move should pay dividends well into the summer. Fox reports that for just the fourth time in state history, prices are expected to soar up to $4 a gallon by Memorial Day.

Assuming Coon Rapids residents aren't so aggrieved by the new policy they opt to drive to Blaine for their gas, which seems like a safe bet, the prepayment mandate is a simple and painless way to deter crime and help small businesses. With gas thefts rising along with prices over the last half-decade, it's surprising that Coon Rapids is the first city in Minnesota to head down this path.

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-- Rising Twin Cities gas prices: Iran to blame?
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Mark S.
Mark S.

Aaron,   Once again it's not an all-time record.   Even in your article, the link you provide for "all-time record" has a headline that indicates that it's not an all-time record, it says "Return to $4?"  Returning to $4 seems to indicate, very clearly, that it has once been at least $4.  Since it has already been at least $4, how could $3.43 be an "ALL-TIME RECORD."

atrupar
atrupar

Mark and others -- yes, prices are a record FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. Perhaps I should've more clearly spelled that out.

Here's the relevant bit from the Fox report linked above:"We've heard it time and time and time again, but now at $3.43 a gallon in Minnesota, gas prices are at its highest ever for this time of year."

Okay?

Imp Teaser
Imp Teaser

Record prices? I seem to remember, even if it was only for a day or two, or even just a few hours before they were told to knock it off, immediately after 9/11, when gas prices (yes, here in MN!) hit $5.00 a gallon.  It would seem to me (even with my limited math skills) that $5.00 is MORE than $3.43.

atrupar
atrupar

See my comment below.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Despite what all you fools say, this had nothing to do with "gas prices".I know first hand, and if you question this, call Chief Wise from the Coon Rapids Police Dept. 

Bottom line; the headline is bullshit, and citypages will always have the undying support of liberals with morphing standards and logic.  I personally like Citypages, because 20 on 1 is how I roll. 

pizza
pizza

wanna talk about it?

Mark S.
Mark S.

Not a record.  Aaron you might want to do some research before you throw an article together.

Price of gasoline in July , 2008   $4.12/gallon.  

Mountainmjk
Mountainmjk

All time record?!?! What about when gas was $4.50 two summers ago?

Basia
Basia

If the "law" is going to require anything at gas stations, or all retail for that matter there should be the requirement that you must enter your zip code or pin for any debit or credit card transaction.  Now then we would be getting rid of some real crime.  Cops shouldn't be chasing a generic "brown chevy", no license plate info. anywhere for $50.00 worth of gas, that is an absolute waste of time.  Regarding profiling, I do it all of the time, I am a landlord. I profile, I must.

Research
Research

Haven't tried it but can't you lock in today's gas prices. 

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

"Record gas prices prompt Coon Rapids to mandate gas prepayment"Um, NO!  The problem is with drive offs, and this has been the works with Coon Rapids City Council, the Dictatorial Mayor, and the Chief of Police (Chief Wise) for about a year.  Chief Wise was the first to suggest this back when the gas prices were $2.50, because of the amount of "drive off" reports taken.  (laziness within the police dept.)

"Thanks in large part to the lobbying of small station owners"and"the prepayment mandate is a simple and painless way to deter crime and help small businesses."If a gas station was feeling the wrath of numerous drive offs, they can enact a "pay-then-pump" system at THEIR station any time they want.Does Citypages just make up things as they go?Chief Wise said at our last neighborhood watch meeting, "it's an inconvenience to do these reports."  Start there! 

Again, a gas station can at any giving point enact a "pay-then-pump" system at THEIR station.

THIS IS NOT GOVERNMENTS JOB!!! 

big government fascist fu*ks...

green23
green23

 Kirk: "big government fascist fu*ks..."

When I think of "big government", the City of Coon Rapids really doesn't come to mind.

Municipal government has always been held up by conservatives to be the most accountable, purest form of government.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Ha!Coon Rapids has a liberal Mayor and 4 of it's 6 council members are liberal in nature of spending tax dollars.You should see their lavish plans for a 50+ million dollar community center that they are ramming down our throats.  Mayor Tim Howe will tax us out of our homes in order to get this community center built and cares little about conservative ideas.They simple wont hear you when you attend the council meetings and put on their phony "public hearing".  Fortunately they have abused their power while pissing off many residents, and we have a plan to unseat most of them. 

green23
green23

Could this be that concept of "Will Of The People" that you invoke (only when Republicans win)?

Kirk: "and we have a plan to unseat most of them."

Oooh, a plan! Does it involve voting for their opposition? If so, that's really clever.

pizza
pizza

doesn't matter to you though, as a renter

pizza
pizza

 "it's an inconvenience to do these reports."  --- c'mon man, "DUE to these reports". If you're trying to articulate a point, please use intelligible English.

atrupar
atrupar

Kirk, I always appreciate your comments, but in this case I do think that if you read the article closely, you'll see that all your concerns are addressed. Station owners were concerned about alienating customers by mandating prepayment at their own stores, but collectively they support the new ordinance. And drive-offs correlate with the high prices we're paying now.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

"And drive-offs correlate with the high prices we're paying now."

Again, Um NO!

Coon Rapids has some of the cheapest gas prices in the metro area.  Gas prices reflect the price of oil.  The price of oil is driven by things like war mongers wanting to go into Iran, and kook fringe environmentalists opposing the keystone xl pipeline.

pizza
pizza

green23 schooling little Kirky once again with the facts, haha. Gotta love Kirk's undying spirit though, even if it's completely misguided. We should hook him up to a hamster wheel or something, to harness the energy from his rage!

pizza
pizza

"Coon Rapids has some of the cheapest gas prices in the metro area." ... and some of the cheapest homes! Oh goody!

Research
Research

Supply and demand makes a difference.  But why is it year after year, the list of the top 5 profitable business' have more than one being oil companies.  After all equipment and labor is paid for, they pocket the most. 

green23
green23

Kirk wrote: "The price of oil is driven by things like war mongers wanting to go into Iran, and kook fringe environmentalists opposing the keystone xl pipeline."

Unless you have some kind of unusual vehicle that runs on crude oil, that crude has to be *refined* into gasoline first. Those refineries, in spite of massive federal subsidies, just can't ever seem to modernize or keep their equipment running at capacity.

In fact, they have little incentive to do so. The less crude they refine, the higher the price of gasoline.

The Houston Chronicle reported a few days ago that domestic crude drilling has quadrupled in the past three years. tinyurl. com/843dt8r

-- The number of rigs in U.S. oil fields has more than quad­rupled in the past three years to 1,272, according to the Baker Hughes rig count. Including those in natural gas fields, the United States now has more rigs at work than the entire rest of the world.

Last month, the U.S. Energy Information Administration upgraded its forecast of crude production in 2025 to 6.4 million barrels per day - 1 million barrels more than were pumped in 2010. --

If domestic production has increased, and gas prices rise anyway, maybe the issue isn't crude oil production. It sure looks as if increased domestic drilling isn't helping.

Also, the vast majority of that Keystone pipeline oil was intended for *export*. That's why the pipeline had to run down to the port of New Orleans. If the object was to create more domestic gasoline, the pipeline could just have crossed the border and been refined in North Dakota. Or, it could have been refined in Canada. In either case, no "kook fringe environmentalists" could have stopped it.

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