Software glitch leads to 1-cent gas in Dutch town

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Nighttime was the right time to get tanked
Friday in the Dutch town of Genderen.
An unmanned gas station began offering customers gas for 1 euro
cent per liter (five US cents a gallon) - a discount of more than
99 percent - due to a glitch that occurred around midnight.
"Most people were home in bed, so it could have been worse,"
Piet-Hein Bogaers, director of the company that operates the
station, Vollenhoven Olie BV, said Monday.
As word of the deal spread, business boomed at the station, 100
kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Amsterdam.
Bogaers said that, by the time the mistake was fixed Saturday
morning, customers were lined up to buy gas. Many had even called
to alert the company.
"They were saying, 'This can't be right,"' he said.
It wasn't. Bogaers declined to say how much money Vollenhoven
lost but hundreds of liters (gallons) were sold at the discounted
price.
"I guess we can consider it good publicity, even if it wasn't
intentional," he said.

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