Consumers should have a high level of confidence that gas pumps, store scales, and price scanners are working properly at Wisconsin store.
A state report shows Wisconsin consumers are usually getting what they pay for. It found that, for gas pumps, 99.3 percent provide a full gallon of gas every time. Of those that were off, most gave an average of a teaspoon worth of gas more. Checkout scales at grocery scores registered at exactly a pound 99.4 percent of the time. Retail store price scanners also brought up the correct or lower price 98.3 percent of the time.
Weights and Measures chief Judy Cardin says inspectors tested nearly 190,000 devices in 2007. She says the checks are important because nearly 50 percent of the average person's income in Wisconsin is spent on purchases that rely on those devices working properly.
Cardin says consumers concerned about a business with a malfunctioning gas pump or price scanner should contact the state at 1-800-422-7128 to file a complaint.