Potentially bad fuel at a Waterloo convenience store is being blamed for leaving several motorists stranded in the Cedar Valley. The gas pumps at a local Phillips 66 station have been shut down after customers complained of purchasing bad gas that stalled their cars over the weekend.
About a half dozen motorists say they fueled up at the convenience store on Sunday, and within minutes, their vehicles quit running. At least two cars stalled at the pumps, while another shut down a few blocks away. The customers complained to the convenience store’s manager. He blames the problem on snow and ice, which melted and got into the fuel storage tanks.
The manager, Mohammad Bhatti, says he’s contacted people to fix the problem. Bhatti has offered to pay for damage to cars stalled on his property, but those motorists who drove away may be out of luck. Right now, Bhatti says he doesn’t plan to pay damage to vehicles that left the convenience store parking lot.