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Disabled veteran claims local gas station sold him watered down gasoline

Posted at 6:41 PM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 19:45:33-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A local veteran is struggling to pay his bills after he says he had to fork over $1000 to get his truck fixed.

He claims it was all due to a local Snappy's gas station on Paul Jones and SPID.

John Vitale was headed out last Thursday to pick up his 17-year-old son from school. On his way home, he stopped by to fill up his gas tank

But that trip to the gas station, he says, is costing him nearly $1000.

“We're completely penniless now like I said I have a child to raise by myself and I can't even afford to rent a car,” said Vitale.

According to his bank receipts, at 12:24 PM Vitale pumped gas at Snappy’s on September 5th, 2019.

Minutes after leaving the gas station, Vitale requested road side assistance after his vehicle became immovable.

“Started the truck up, went two blocks it started shaking really violent so we pulled to the side and shut it off,” said Vitale.

Vitale's Ford F-150 was towed to the AutoNation ford dealership, where mechanics had it inspected.

According to Ford's work order, whatever vitale had pumped into his gas tank wasn’t' gasoline, but rather something else.

“They called me up the diagnosis said it was half fuel, half water in the tank,” said Vitale. “The sample is right there and they gave me a sample and you can see that half of it is yellow and the other half is white.”

Vitale says he contacted the local owner of Snappy's gas station on SPID but that the owner denied responsibility.

“The owner of the gas station has a sheet of paper saying he tests the gas every day,” said Vitale. “All I have is his word that he tested it every day.”

Vitale says the owner also refused to help foot the nearly $926 repair bill.

We reached out to the business owner of the Snappy’s but have yet to get a response.