Rende's manager: broken pump shut off

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 11:46pm

Gonzales, La (FOX44) — Gas is the only thing flowing at a Rende's gas station in Gonzales.

On Tuesday, Rende's customer Deborah Reyes says her husband's truck was ruined when he pumped what turned out to be water into his gas tank and suffered $1,600 in damage to his Dodge Hemi.

Tanya Landry is the manager at Rende's in Gonzales. Because at least one customer was affected, she knows she should have done more, including shutting off the tank that was causing the contamination.

"We posted the sign when I found water in the tank. The tanks don't run off of each other, (it’s) two different tanks. I felt customers would read the sign," stated Landry. "I mistakenly should have turned it off. I know now, as the state has said, but at the time, I didn't know to turn the pumps off."

Crystal Rende's husband Ali owns the gas station. She says if Rende's is found liable for the damage, the company will be more than happy to pay for it.

"We plan to go through the proper channels. We have insurance. When we have the proper paperwork and documentation we will certainly take any liability that is found owed us. We will follow all those procedures and steps," stated Rende.

She says Rende's will do everything it can to make sure the problem doesn't happen again, and has a message for the Rende's customers they've been serving for the past 20 years.

"We've helped the community, not hurt the citizens of the community.”


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