Carmel, IN asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Consumer Law for Indiana

Q: Can I sue a gas station for refusing to give me a receipt for gas purchase and being racist to me.

I went to purchase gas at a gas station and the machine was out of receipts, I went inside to ask for one. The worker was very racist and rude in her talk and refused to give me a receipt. I asked why she said I don’t know how but she mentioned that she has been working at the place for 20 years. She called the cops on me for no reason and I got trespassed from the place for no reasons. I didn’t yell neither said anything. I walked out right away. What legal actions can I take to sue the place for. I am willing to pay anything and get my revenge and the worker back.

1 Lawyer Answer
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: Workers' Compensation is an area of law that deals with work-related injuries.

It is illegal for a retail merchant to refuse to provide you with a receipt. The situation that you describe happens EVERY day. A remote printer either runs out of paper, misfeeds, jams, or runs out of paper. Your REMEDY is a receipt, NOT a lawsuit. I would guess that emotions were running high that day and lead to poor communication.

The situation you describe has nothing to do with anything actionable. What the attendant did was wrong and inappropriate but NOT legally actionable. If you filed a case in Small Claims, it would be dismissed. If you hired an attorney to file it, the attorney could and should be reprimanded for bringing a frivolous suit. The attorney could be fined or suspended.

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