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7-Eleven isn’t selling gas for $7.11

A photo circulating on Twitter showing gas being sold at 7-Eleven for $7.11 a gallon was taken more than a year ago and shows a new gas station testing its mark.

Although the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the US is just under $5, drivers in some states pay even more at the pump. In California, the average price per gallon on June 21 was $6.38, according to the AAA.

Claims about gas costs have been circulating since Russia launched its war against Ukraine in February 2022, a move that led to rising energy costs around the world. For example, in March, a fake photo made the rounds on Facebook purporting to show gas prices at a gas station in Stockton, California, at $9 a gallon – when the price was actually $5.03 at the time.

Now, another photo, posted June 19 and shared on Twitter more than 80,000 times, claims to show a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline and diesel sold for $7.11 at a 7-Eleven location. The Twitter user wrote in an ominous message that “the prophecy has been fulfilled.”

Elon Musk shared the photo via Twitter a few days later without a caption. His tweet has also been shared more than 60,000 times.

VERIFY viewer Ben also texted the team to ask if a 7-Eleven location sells gas at $7.11 a gallon.

THE QUESTION

Does 7-Eleven Sell Gasoline at $7.11 a Gallon?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

That's wrong.

No, 7-Eleven doesn’t sell gas at $7.11 a gallon. The photo is more than a year old and shows a new gas station testing their fuel price tag.

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WHAT WE FOUND

7-Eleven, Inc. told VERIFY that the photo shared on social media is more than a year old. Although the picture is real, it does not show an operating gas station.

Previously, contractors tested fuel price tags on newly built but not yet opened 7-Eleven locations for $7.11 “in honor of the name of the business,” the company said.

A GasBuddy spokesperson also wrote in an email that 7-Eleven “typically uses the $7.11 price tag when testing their signs.”

“We have since urged contractors to stop this practice and hope this recently recirculated photo has not caused confusion among 7-Eleven’s customers,” 7-Eleven said in its statement.

A similar photo of gas prices showing $7.11 a gallon at a 7-Eleven location was also posted to Reddit in July 2016.

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Matt Beemsterboer first posted the photo, which is now circulating on Twitter, on Reddit in 2021. He also confirmed it in a tweet on June 20 that he took the picture when test prices were being displayed and gas at that station was currently selling for less than $7 a gallon.

Beemsterboer told NPR on June 21 that he was nearly three blocks from his Chicago home about a year ago when he saw an old Mobil gas station being converted into a 7-Eleven.

GasBuddy’s rep said that if the gas station referenced in the NPR story is accurate, it’s been selling gas at $6.09 a gallon as of June 22. There are no stations with gas currently priced at $7.11 per gallon, they added.

VERIFY has contacted Beemsterboer for information about the location of the gas station, but has not received a response at the time of publication.

It’s also worth noting that diesel fuel prices have been higher than regular gasoline prices on an almost continuous basis since September 2004, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). That means you wouldn’t see a sign saying the price of gasoline and diesel fuel is $7.11 a gallon, as shown in the viral photo.

The average price of diesel fuel per gallon in the US as of June 22 was about $5.81, compared to about $4.96 for a gallon of gasoline, according to the AAA.

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