According to the Maine Fuel Board, Michael Turner, the owner of Turner LP Gas Service of Skowhegan, Maine, who refused to sell propane to supporters of President-elect Donald J. Trump, has not been licensed to sell propane for at least two years, the Portland Press Herald reported.
According to the Press-Herald:
Michael Turner, who operates of Turner LP Gas Service on Canaan Road, left a message for would-be customers on his company’s voice mail, saying “If you voted for Donald Trump for president, I will no longer be delivering your gas. Please find someone else.” That message was left on a Friday, when the weather was bitterly cold. The message goes on to say that the cost of gas remains $110 a bottle, with payment due on delivery.
However, Turner is not licensed to sell gas. According to the Maine Fuel Board, Turner’s propane license expired in 2012. Turner had two licenses, one for delivery and the other for dispensing, which expired in 2012 and 2014, respectively. The board became aware of the issue after the news of Turner’s message was reported by the Portland Press Herald late last week.
According to records with the Maine Fuel Board, Turner was first licensed to sell propane in 1998. Doug Dunbar, a spokesperson for the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, said the department is aware that Turner’s license expired. It is illegal to operate without a license. He said anyone can renew a license at any time, and someone operating without a license could face disciplinary action from the department or fines from the state attorney general’s office. As part of the renewal process, an inspection of the location would be conducted to make sure it meets code requirements.
After issuing his message, Turner played the victim card, apparently shocked that his message would spark a backlash.
The Press-Herald added:
On Wednesday morning, Turner said he did not expect this level of reaction from people, and that he has received calls from across the United States. Despite his message, Turner said he has never actually denied anyone gas, and his intent was just to point out Trump is “unfit to be president of anything.” But still, he was surprised at the negative reaction this has generated.
“It proves my point that these people are violent and disgusting, just like their leader,” Turner said. “To them it seems like such a joke. I’m scared; I wouldn’t be surprised if I come home and my house is in flames.”
As to the issue of licensing, Turner said he had “no idea” he hadn’t been licensed in years, but said he was retiring as of Dec. 31 anyway. He also said he was a “very small business,” estimating he only has 75 to 100 customers, all of whom are mostly at remote camps in northern Somerset County.
Turner actually had two licenses, one for delivery and another for dispensing it, which expired in 2012 and 2014, respectively.
Audio of Turner’s message can be heard at the Portland Press-Herald.
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