Gas stations accused of mixing regular, super unleaded

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by Michelle Homer

khou.com

Posted on November 16, 2009 at 10:46 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 16 at 11:38 PM

1. Best Foods 5, 13102 Bissonett, Houston, TX 77099
According to an October 17, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver topped the regular unleaded tank and dropped approximately 700 gallons into the super unleaded tank, per the authorization of a Gulshan Enterprises employee and a dispatcher at Texas TransEastern (names withheld by KHOU-TV). According to an employee at the store, Gulshan owns the station and the property. KHOU-TV provided the delivery invoice to that employee, who said he would inform a manager. We haven’t heard back.

2. Handi Plus 27, 9103 Jensen Dr., Houston TX  77093
According to an October 4, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver listed 364 gallons of regular unleaded dispensed into the super unleaded storage tank. KHOU-TV provided the delivery invoice to a manager at the station, who said Gulshan Enterprises owns it and handles the gas inventory, but leases the convenience store portion of the property to a third party. Gulshan Enterprises has not responded to our repeated requests for comment.
 

3. Handi Stop 102, 9009 Clinton Dr., Houston TX 77029
According to an October 13, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver dropped 200 gallons of regular unleaded in the super unleaded tank per the authorization of a man, whom 11 News has been unable to identify. Additionally, in an October 15, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver listed too much regular on the delivery remarks. The driver made a phone call to a man KHOU-TV has not been able to identify, and was told to drop the remaining regular unleaded in the super unleaded tank. A manager at the station told KHOU-TV he did not know anything about either of these incidents. He told us Gulshan Enterprises owns the station and that he would inform Gulshan of our visit and share the delivery invoices we left. We haven’t heard back.
 

4. Handi Stop 27, 5605 N. Shepherd, Houston TX
According to an October 19, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver listed 459 gallons of regular unleaded dropped into the super unleaded tank per Gulshan Enterprises. The driver wrote it would not fit in the regular unleaded tank. After visiting the station, a man identifying himself as the manager of the food mart called KHOU-TV and said he leases the food mart from Gulshan Enterprises. The manager said Gulshan is responsible for ordering and providing the gas, and maintaining the pumps. Gulshan has not responded to our repeated requests for comment.

5. Handi Stop 37, 11931 Spring Cypress, Tomball TX 77377
According to an October 17, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver put 472 gallons of regular unleaded into the super unleaded tank. The delivery remarks state it did not fit in the regular unleaded tank. KHOU-TV spoke with a co-owner of the station, who said he uses Gulshan Enterprises as a “jobber,” an industry term referring to a middleman who markets gas between refineries and retail stores. The station co-owner said he would review the delivery invoice and contact us later with any additional comments. We have not heard back.

6. Handi Stop 52, 3310 Aldine Mail Route, Houston TX 77039
According to an October 11, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver wrote 535 gallons of regular unleaded would not fit, and was dropped in the plus tank per someone whom KHOU-TV has not been able to identify. We left the document with a manager at the station, who told us he would inform the owner. We have not heard back.
 

7. Handi Stop 53, 8203 Fondren, Houston TX 77074
According to an October 10, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver loaded 500 gallons of regular unleaded into the super unleaded tank and another 500 gallons of regular unleaded into the plus (mid-grade) unleaded tank per Gulshan Enterprises. Karim Lakhani, spokesperson for Handi Stop 53, e-mailed the following statement, which KHOU-TV did not edit for spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors:
 

"Respected,
Jeremy Rogalski
        &
David Raziq,
                                      Re : Discovery of Facts at 8203 Fondren,
                                            OVERAGE of 1000 gallon in Mid Grade & Super Tank each.
 
             Looking at the delivery invoice an order was placed for
             6200 gal No Lead
             1000 gal mid Grade
              500 gal super
             Above order is a record on the invoice as evidence.
 
             At the time of delivery we had only 769gal (15”) of NoLead in the Tank,as it shows on the Invoice
             we were delivered 6135gal of NoLead making it total of 6204gal (63”) in the Tank as shown on Invoice,
             Our Tank Capacity is 10,000gal each, that leaves 3796gal capacity to be available in NoLead Tank,
 
             Making it a lie on part of the Transport Driver making allegation of having the Tank full,
             leaving any Overage, to be dropped in any other Tanks.
             He had no permission from us to bring any Extra gas to our Location, as it shows on the Invoice instruction.
 
             As per the Loading Instruction on the Invoice, There was no allocation available for MidGrade or Super,
             Still Driver picked up extra 1000gal of NoLead without our knowledge and approval as shown on Invoice.
 
             And the delivery was made after 6:00pm and not AM.
 
If I could of any further assisstance, Please feel free to contact.                          

Karim Lakhani"

8.  Handi Stop 54, 5726 Fondren, Houston, TX 77036
According to an October 13, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver listed the following delivery remarks: “Too much regular. I was told per dispatch (name withheld by KHOU-TV) to drop the remaining in the super tank. And to get accurate stick readings on both tanks.” Additionally, according to an October 22, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver dropped 104 gallons of no lead into the super tank, due to no lead tank being full per dispatch (name withheld by KHOU-TV). The invoice states the station was closed during this delivery. Gulshan Enterprises owns the store and property according to employee Imram Ali, which he says he and others rent out from Gulshan.  Ali also says that Gulshan pays them some money to look after the property and gas pumps, but the agreement is that Gulshan is responsible for the gas and gets the money from it.  In turn, Ali and colleagues get to stock the store themselves and keep the money made from those sales. Gulshan has not returned our repeated requests for comment.

9. Handi Stop 55, 9091 S. Gessner, Houston TX 77074
According to an October 8, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver put 106 gallons of regular unleaded into the mid-grade tank. The invoice lists the service station as closed when the delivery occurred. Gulshan Enterprises owns the store and property according to manager Nick Ali, who said to call the company. Gulshan has not returned our repeated requests for comment.
 

10. Handi Stop 56, 12251 Veterans Memorial, Houston, TX 77067
According to an October 19, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver had 75 gallons of regular unleaded left over, and dropped it in the super unleaded tank per someone whom KHOU-TV has not been able to identify. We later spoke with a man who called himself Mr. Moiz and claimed to be the owner of the station. He agreed to review the delivery invoice and get back with us. We are still waiting to hear from him.
 

11. Handi Stop 93, 7745 S. Sam Houston Pkwy (at Telephone Rd.), Houston, TX 77085
According to an October 3, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern delivery driver wrote the following delivery remarks: “H.S. #93 ordered too much fuel as usual. Called (name withheld by KHOU-TV), and he told me to drop the rest in the super tank, about 500 gallons.” Additionally, according to an October 15, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver put 416 gallons in super tank, per (name withheld by KHOU-TV) at Gulshan. Another fuel delivery invoice, dated October 16, 2009, listed about 900 gallons of regular unleaded being dropped into the super tank, per someone whom KHOU-TV has not been able to identify. KHOU-TV spoke with a manager at the location, who told us Gulshan Enterprises owns the station. Gulshan has not returned our repeated requests for comment.
 

12. Lee S. Shell, 1301 South Richey, Pasadena, TX 77502
According to an October 13, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver put 298 gallons of regular unleaded in the super tank, per someone whom KHOU-TV has not been able to identify. The owner of the station, Dongsun Lee, e-mailed this statement, which KHOU-TV did not edit for spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors:
 

"Dear Mr. Jeremy Rogalski
 
Our gas delivery procedure are as followings
 
1. We order gas delivery quantity and delivery date before 24 hours to Dealer(Gushan) considering remain gas, forcasting sales, and tank capacity
2. Gulshan assign the delivery company(Texan trans.)
3. Transpoatation company deliver gas to us.(We never contact transportation company)
4. Driver put gas into tanks.
5. Driver bring delivery report inside
6. We(Any our people) sign the delivery papers.(Night time delivery case : No sign paper)
 
Therefore, we don’t check outsite gas delivery tank before bring papers.
That day also I did not check and signed paper. Later I knew the situation.
 
Anyway, I request Gulshan that don’t put regular gas to super gas tank.
Also we will check outside delivery status from now on.
 
 Thanks,
 Dongsun Lee"


13. Step N Go, 7205 Bellerive Blvd, Houston TX 77036
According to an October 6, 2008 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver said the no-lead tank overflowed. The driver also wrote “had to drop about 300 gallons in the super tank per dispatch” (name withheld by KHOU-TV). Additionally, an October 18, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver wrote “308 gallons regular did not fit, dumped to super tank.” KHOU-TV spoke with Fred Panjuwani, the owner of the station, who said he was aware of the two incidents and complained about them to Texas TransEastern. Mr. Panjuwani said he would not authorize any future drops of regular unleaded into super unleaded tanks.
 

14. Toor Shell Food Mart, 9875 N. Houston  Rosslyn, Houston TX 77088
According to an October 1, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver put 101 gallons of regular unleaded into the super unleaded tank. Additionally, an October 6, 2009 fuel delivery invoice indicates 760 gallons of regular unleaded were dropped into the super unleaded tank. We left the invoices with a clerk at the station who said he would alert the owner. We have not heard back from anyone at Toor Shell Food Mart.
 

15. Shell, 6007 North Main St., Crosby, TX 77532
According to an October 1, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver dropped 435 gallons of regular unleaded into the premium tank. KHOU-TV spoke with a clerk who said the signature on the invoice was not that of any employee at the station. She called a manager who declined to comment.

16. US Truck Stop, 213 FM 359, Brookshire, TX 77423
According to an October 2, 2009 fuel delivery invoice, a Texas TransEastern driver dropped 280 gallons of regular unleaded in the super unleaded tank. KHOU-TV spoke with a clerk at the store who said he would forward the invoice to the station owner in New York. We have not heard back from anyone.
 

 

 


                    

 

 

 

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