Panic buying. Long lines at the store. Empty shelves.
Rumors of who has some and who is all out.
It’s not toilet paper or hand sanitizer
or Covid vaccine this time.
Colonial Pipeline, the main gas conduit supplying the East Coast, was closed down late last week by a cyberattack. By Tuesday night it was dawning on people that possibly there wouldn’t be enough gas to go around before the pipeline was up and flowing again. In spite of reassurances from officials and experts and pleas not to horde, people rushed out to top off their tanks, whether they needed to or not. Long lines at every station still open resulted in traffic jams.
“Panic pumpers,” the media is calling them.
By yesterday we were low on gas and searched for over an hour before finding a station with fuel.
Why was there no line???
They were not price gouging as some stations were but they were only taking cash.
We saw several cars drive away but happily we had some cash and were able to get some gas in our tank and be on our way.
By last evening there was no gas available in town.
Here’s a good motto for the 2020s.
(And carry cash. 😊)