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For the past 15 years, one county employee has been ensuring that when you pump gasoline, buy meats and produce and pay for a taxi, you’re actually getting what you pay for.

Most of the time the scales, pumps and meters are calibrated and accurate. But about 6 percent of the time, the scales in grocery store registers or gasoline pumps aren’t measuring your items correctly.

Jerry Napier, the county’s weights and measures inspector, makes sure those off-balance scales and meters get fixed — even when the gas pump is giving you a little extra in your tank than you’re paying for. Between June 2012 and June 2013, Napier checked more than 5,000 pumps at gas stations, scales at stores and packaging weights for items sold by the pound, such as fresh meat.

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