It seems gas isn’t the only thing we’re experiencing a shortage of these days. Apparently a lot of people are missing some common sense too.
After a cyberattack shut down the Colonial Pipeline and disrupted the supply of gasoline to the south and the east coast, gas stations across the area are running out of gas and Americans started doing what Americans always do when they hear there’s a shortage of something:
It happened last year with toilet paper, and for weeks we saw empty shelves as people rushed out to buy up carts full of more TP than a person with normal bowel movements could use in a year.
Well here we go again, except this time it’s gasoline.
Pictures and videos have already started popping up from around the southeast of people hoarding gas – even in states where the supply isn’t impacted by the Colonial Pipeline outage. There are fights breaking out at gas stations. And some people are finding creative ways to stock up.
Now, some are just showing up to the pump with a car full of gas cans, which is an asshole move on its own because it’s shit like this that creates shortages in the first place.
Well, it turns out this video was actually from 2019…
But because of all the panic buying and hoarding and people putting gas into pretty much anything that will hold it right now, the government felt the need to issue what should have been a commonsense reminder:
Don’t put gas in plastic bags.
Do not fill plastic bags with gasoline.
— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) May 12, 2021
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission went on to explain the danger of gas igniting when it’s stored in unapproved containers, because this is apparently a thing that we need to warn people about right now.
Of course, people online laughed at the fact that this was actually something that needed to be said.