posted on Sep, 22 2008 @ 06:44 AM
Umm, after what I just experienced yesterday, you better believe there are gas shortages. I'm in North Carolina.
I am fortunate enough to live like right down the street from a HESS gas station that has consistently shown to have the best prices on gas. I always
The lines have been rather long in the last couple weeks, noticeably so. Well, nothing like what happened yesterday though.
I go down there to fill up, and see there are several police cars with blue lights flashing surrounding the station. As I get close, a cop stops me,
asks me if I need gas. "Yep". "Ok sir, the line is right over there. You have a left side gas tank, so you'll need to get in that line." He
points across the street, where my eyes follow a huge line of cars all the way to the back of that parking lot. I'm like "Holy crap!"
So I go get in line. As I am sitting there inching up ever so slowly, I notice the cops are separating cars by which side there gas tank is on, so
they could funnel the cars in neatly to the pumps on the correct side. The thing is, that the vast majority of cars (like 80%) have driver side tanks,
so the lines for them were long as hell (40 cars or more). Anyone who had a right side tank however was getting to move way far up in the shorter
lines. The cops were friendly though, and had everything under control.
So after an hour and a half, I am finally one car behind the guy in front of me who was filling up. There was a girl in front of him at the next pump
who was taking forever to fill up, like 30 minutes or more, and a lot of people were starting to get angry at. So I walk over, only to see the pump
turning at a snail's pace, just trickling out the gas. Station attendant said the main pump was under too much stress, because all pumps were working
overtime, all at once.
And just then, after waiting all that time, one cop comes out of the station and announces "That's it, they're out." So the cops start telling
everyone this. Needless to say there were some pretty mad people, pulling out squealing tires and all. So I'm like "Christ." I walk in and ask the
attendant if I can try, because the pump I was next for was still trickling out some. He said ok, but said he was showing empty on his main
So the guy ahead of me pulls off, I get to the pump, and it works, very slowly, but it works. In the meantime, all the cops were leaving, cause they
had to change shifts. I knew there was going to be trouble. All the cars in line had left, but after the cops left, new lines of new people getting
gas started forming, and these people had no clue of the long ass lines that had already happened.
So while I'm sitting there slowly getting mine, this poor girl in the line beside of me (for the other side of my pump) was about to pull up to the
pump, screaming she was running on fumes, when one of the new people pulls right into her pump. Keep in mind she'd already been waiting over two
hours. well, she just about lost it, and the poor guy who caught her hell didn't have a clue what he had done. The cops had all left. So I tried to
tell him the situation, and he refused to move. Well about that time, my tank finally finished, and I'm like "I am OUTTA HERE." I have no clue what
happened after that, but I know it wasn't pretty.
So I am staying home today. I think. Hell, if I can't get gas, I'll be damned if I am going to spend the last tank I have going to work. If this
keeps up, mayhem is going to erupt down here.
edit: also, I asked one of the cops if he knew the reason, and he said that they heard that only 2 of 8 pipelines from the Gulf were working, and
that's why the shortages.
[edit on 22-9-2008 by TrueAmerican]