Consumer Safety Commission Tweets “Don’t Fill Plastic Bags with Gasoline”
As some gas stations in America are reporting outages fueled by panic-buying, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning Americans to only fill up containers approved to carry gasoline. The agency actually Tweeted at 9:09 AM on May 12:
You would assume that this would be a no-brainer. But there are also people who ingest packets of laundry detergent, thus inducing this plastic bag warning.
The panic-buying started after a ransomware attack shut down the Colonial Pipeline, which carries about 45% of all fuel used on the East Coast. The pipeline hopes to be operational by the end of the week. As of Wednesday morning, CNN reports that nearly 25% of all gas stations in North Carolina were out of gasoline. In 2016, this same pipeline was shut down for 10 days and gas prices soared by 30-cents/gallon.
As of Wednesday morning in Iowa, the average price of gas in Linn County is listed at $2.83/gallon.
The statewide average is $2.89 while the cheapest gas can be found in western Iowa, where it’s under $2.40/gallon.
One year ago, the average in the state was $1.76 in the state.
The below photo was taken in 2019 when two men attempted to steal gasoline from a gas station in Huauchinango in central Mexico:
Or don't be like this lady who went viral in 2019 in Houston, Texas:
...or this guy in Ireland: