Can a gas station off the highway refuse to allow you to use the bathroom unless you purchase gas. They said it was only for customers so I offered to buy some gum or candy but they said I had to buy gas. We didn't need gas!
St. Louis, Missouri
Nothing. This just happened a couple of hours ago on the way from Kansas City, MO in Williamsbury, MO at a Conoco station. BTW, I was wearing a T-shirt with Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King on it. Don't know if that had anything to do with it or not! I had to use the bathroom really badly. When they said it was for customers only, I was willing to buy something but apparently the only ones that qualify as a customer are those who purchase gas. So, they refused to allow me to use the bathroom because we didn't need gas. Is there a agency that regulates this type of situation? Is there somewhere a complaint can be filed? Is this legal?
Generally, the gas station management can restrict access to the restroom however they please as long as they are consistent about it. If the next person that came along and only bought some gum, then was allowed to use the restroom, there would be a problem.
If you had been discriminated against for reasons of race, you would want to consider contacting the better business bureau and an attorney that handles either personal injury and/or Civil Rights Litigation. Best of luck.
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