Vendors Caught Illegally Selling 25 lb Gas Tanks In Costa Rica
Monday, July 09 2012 @ 09:12 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: The government of Panama spends millions of dollars every year to keep the price of these 25 lb gas tanks artificially low. Of course, the government of Costa Rica is not doing the same thing, so some enterprising "juega vivos" living on the border are selling the full tanks to Costa Ricans, and then taking the empty tanks back in Panama to have them refilled. I saw this interview with Pedro Meilan this morning, and he said there was one woman who owned one of these shops who was screaming about how supposedly the inspections were politically motivated. Well, that means she has probably paid off the local PRD authorities to look the other way, and the national level authorities had to come in to shut it down. These small 25 lb gas tanks are only supposed to be used in residences for cooking - they also bust Panamanian shop owners all the time who use them to cook, to dry clothes in laundries, stuff like that. Abuse of the subsidy. Pedro does a good job, but he needs more people and a bigger budget.