Ohio gas station glitch drops price to 17 cents a gallon

TOLEDO, Ohio – A computer glitch led to a brief price war between two gas stations in northwest Ohio, allowing some drivers to fill their tanks for pennies per gallon.

WTOL-TV reports that a computer malfunction dropped prices at one north Toledo gas station, and another across the street lowered its prices to stay competitive early Sunday.

The price per gallon at a Pilot Travel Center dropped to 49 cents a gallon at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. So a Circle K across the street dropped its price to 17 cents.

But unlike at Pilot, the Circle K adjusted its price to compete.

Customer Taylor Kline told the station he filled his empty tank for just 26 cents.

The extra-low pricing lasted at least three hours before returning to normal.