That’s the question posed by the Mecklenburg Times. According to Chad Earp, owner of three Earp’s BP stations, his stores in Mint Hill haven’t seen that much of a decrease in sales.

“Our loyal customers know that we weren’t the cause of this spill and they understand these individually owned and operated store owners take the front of the criticism,” said Earp, a third-generation gas station owner who took after his father and grandfather. “We are just as upset about the spill as the motoring public is. I hope things are looking up for BP. They have a good name and reputation, and we do our best to try to maintain it for them.”