Owner: Gas station sign for $5 a gallon a result of prankster

- On Monday night, FOX 5 showed you a cell phone picture of a Chevy Chase gas station displaying a sign showing gas above $5 a gallon. However, it turns out someone may have been playing a prank on the gas station owner.

The Liberty gas station on Connecticut Avenue right near the Beltway is selling regular gas for $2.05 a gallon Tuesday evening. But a day before, a photo taken of the sign showed otherwise.

Someone flipped the numbers on the sign displaying the incorrect price of $5.05 a gallon for regular. And underneath it, the price for the mid-grade is jumbled with some of the numbers flipped upside down and rearranged.

“Looks like some kids took my price sign, my mid-grade and my regular, flipped the five and the two, so that the mid-grade says 22 cents with a two upside down. My regular says $5.05. That's not what we're selling gas for and I've been out [of gas] since Friday night,” said Mario Bruno, the owner of the gas station.

Bruno grew up in this area and started working here back in 1979. Eventually, he came to own the gas station. He said he is all about customer service and would never raise the prices like that during a snowstorm.

Because of a power outage, his surveillance camera did not capture who was responsible for sign confusion. The only thing he got was people stopping by to take pictures.

Bruno said his station has been out of gas since Friday night. He believes he will receive a new delivery load of gas by Wednesday morning.

Bruno found out about the sign at around 10 a.m. Monday, but never got a chance to flip the numbers around. His kids eventually climbed up the snow mound to change them on Tuesday.

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