Most of the people waiting for gas at my station dont even need the fuel. Ive looked inside most of the vehicles, and Id say about 70 percent of them have three-quarters or half of a tank of gas. Ill tell the driver, Theres no need for you to be here. They say, Oh, I just want to top it off, or I just want to make sure I have it.
You just want to make sure you have it? Come on. I dont think people realize how much gas theyre wasting with all this panic buying. When you sit in your car and idle, and you have the heat going, you actually burn quite a bit of fuel. One gentleman pulled up here in a big Lexus SUV and waited in line, only to yell at me because we had run out of premium gas and didnt tell him.
One woman needed gas for a trip to Target; another driver was heading to Costco. Somebody said something about needing to go get an iPad.
Meanwhile, lots of first responders are running on empty. I know a lot of police officers have been sleeping in their vehicles and sleeping at the precincts. I dont think thats safe for any of us.
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I live in South Jersey and I am dumbfounded at all these people in North Jersey waiting in line for four hours or more for gas when where I live, just an hour to the south, gas is plentiful and at normal prices (well, really at “new normal” Obama era prices, close to $4 a gallon). I get it if you let your tank go to vapors but if you have a gallon or two left in it, you can make it here and gas up all you want.
Can you just imagine what will happen in the big cities when we get hit with an EMP attack? Civility?? Riiiiight.!
And the SRM is . .where?
Stories like this are so few and far between one almost forgets there was Frankenstorm/Cane a couple of weeks ago.
But Katrina? Naw . . . now that was “news”
This has really tested my faith and Christian witness. I have to really make an effort not to laugh out loud in delighted Schadenfreude. Bad. Behave, Mamzelle!
The Free Market is the best device yet conceived by mankind to allocate capital and resources. Better than government, rationing, or any other top-down system.
It’s all good. Obama won.
Coming to a city near you. The slightest disruption will cause this, there is no extra capacity to absorb anything except the most trivial of outages. And disruptions are coming.
When supplies are adequate on average all gas tanks are 1/2 full. As soon as a shortage occurs everyone wants to “top off”, and immediately the desired average goes up to 3/4 full. In other words, demand increases the moment the shortage starts leading to these situations.
The average city has 3 days of food on the shelves....
Your Obama Gov'ment is there to help!
Amazing how we out in the *sticks* are civil and help each other, but in the big cities it’s the law of the jungle.
Surely this a joke. I know the “green”, Earth First environmentally superior N.E. Types HATE the nasty,polluting fossil fuels. Cars are evil-electricity is evil- going NATURAL and DARK is good. They can`t be fighting and scheming For GASOLINE...not to mention participating in EVIL profit making. The N.E. Is the heart of the Obamanation! Could it be that living their symbolic claptrap is more than they can take? I love reports like these after 8 days post-Issac without power in 100degrees. Who knew weather + liberalism could be so entertaining!
This is just a taste of what the “kindly, loving, progressive” democrats in the blue states wil become when their Messiah destroys the economy and food and fuel stop flowing. People in large cities are like rats—keep the food coming and they run around their maze, co-existing peacefully. But disrupt anything and they become animals.
I watched a healthy, young man from Brooklyn whining on FoxNews this morning about how no one is bringing them food. But then he showed us a Red Cross MRE and complained that he burned his hand trying to cook one. So, he’s getting food, but he’s too urban and stupid to cook it. He said that he has a 6 story house and only the basement was destroyed, but he was whining about his neighbors who lost their entire house and being forced into shelters. Overall, he was a sorry excuse for a human being and a man but he thought that the nation owes him and owes him NOW.
About the shortage, Cuomo and the media now blaming the people and not the distribution and power disruption.
Hopefully we won't have people here believing that BS.
Uhhh . . . Let me think . . . They're Socialist Liberals?
I neighbor of mine mentioned he was considering buying a tank like is used for storing fuel oil; illegally burying it in his back yard; and begining to fill it up for his car and generator in an emergency.
Neither for or against this, I am curious if there are evaportion and moisture concerns that a simple “fuel oil” tank (like for a “fuel oil” house heating system) might not take care of, particularly when his plan is for long-term storage only to be used in an emergency.
If there’s a good aspect to hurricanes here in the deep south, it’s surely that as we deal with the ensuing hardship and deprivation, at least we don’t have to do it surrounded by northerners.