If you had sticker shock at $4 a gallon for gas, get ready for $9 gas.
Several LukOil franchise owners raised their prices to more than $8 a gallon on Wednesday to protest what they say is the company's unjustified pricing policies.
They complain that they have to pay up to $.20 a gallon more than other station owners and can't be competitive.
A station in South Plainfield, N.J. had signs listing regular gas for $8.99 a gallon and premium listed at $9.49 a gallon for cash and $9.59 for credit.
A Shell station across the street had regular gas priced at $3.99 a gallon.
More than 50 franchise owners in N.Y., N.J. and Penn. are part of the price-raising protest.
The clerk at the South Plainfield station told one driver, "I advise you to look at the price on the pump first, and if you like it, I'll fill your car up. If you don't, you can drive off." He decided to find another station.
By law, gas stations can not change prices more than once in a 24 hour period so the prices will remain in effect all day.
Other stations were charging even more for gas. A station in suburban Philadelphia was charging $9.99 a gallon gas for premium.
LukOil has not commented on the price protest.