Last night on CFN, FAR put up some excellent stuff about gas station shenanigans observed locally:
Ha! Forget the Gulf region — we’re having a little mini-CF right here on Planet Georgia tonight! Gas jumped from $3.55 to $3.79 earlier today, but that wasn’t enough to trigger good ol’ demand destruction. Cars started lining up and pumps started running dry. There was one place (of six) at the retail district that had gas as of 8:30 tonight, and people were lining up to pay $4.29. In town, there was also one (of three) station open, still $3.79, and quite the line there too. A car went into a ditch behind me, which was fun since nobody got hurt.
Mrs. Fetched overheard a cop working the scene say they had to shut down the Kroger because fist fights were breaking out. While we were at the Kroger, picking up a few necessities, I asked the cashier when they’d run out. “About 8,” she said, which figures because we got there about 8:30. “We’ll have more in the morning, but it’ll be $5 a gallon.”
I saw an H2 cruising the Shell lot; there were a couple cars at the gas pumps but all the nozzles were bagged up. That guy’s gonna have a coronary in the morning.
Oh, I almost forgot. We were talking to someone this evening; her step-mother had just told her that gas had hit $4.79 in Blairsville (up in the mountains) but had retreated to $4.09. We’re having a Katrina-plus style freakout here.
Updated retail gas price chart as of Wednesday evening. The three marked lines are Memorial Day and hurricanes Katrina and Rita.