Step Aside Apple Line, Here Comes The Gas Line: Photo Album Of A Nation Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

Tyler Durden's picture

Perhaps the reason why AAPL is having its biggest daily tumble in recent history on the day it officially launched the iPad mini for retail sale, is because all the people who otherwise would be waiting in line in front of FAO Schwartz and inhaling the smell of fresh horse excrement, are doing all they can to obtain gas. Any  gas. Because iHeater, iShower and iFridge just lack that little "oomph" when dealing with people who are cold, smelly and hungry.

Pictures courtesy of the DailyMail

Desperate measures: Chris Zaturoski uses a garden hose to attempt to siphon gasoline from his car to use in a generator at his New Jersey house which is without power in the wake of superstorm Sandy

Desperate measures: Chris Zaturoski uses a garden hose to attempt to siphon gasoline from his car to use in a generator at his New Jersey house which is without power in the wake of superstorm Sandy

Gridlock: Traffic is gridlocked on the Long Island Expressway into Manhattan near the turn off for the Queensboro Bridge as commuters try to get back to work after Sandy

Gridlock: Traffic is gridlocked on the Long Island Expressway into Manhattan near the turn off for the Queensboro Bridge as commuters try to get back to work after Sandy

Lights out: Without power, many gas stations have had to close because they can't pump fuel into customers' cars

Lights out: Without power, many gas stations have had to close because they can't pump fuel into customers' cars

 

Busy: An Instagram user shares a picture of their local station

Busy: An Instagram user shares a picture of their local station

 

Limited options: Police tape blocks the entrance to a fuelling station where people wait in line

Limited options: Police tape blocks the entrance to a fuelling station where people wait in line

Serious situation: A commuter cycles past a long line of vehicles waiting to get fuel from a gas station in Midtown Manhattan today

Serious situation: A commuter cycles past a long line of vehicles waiting to get fuel from a gas station in Midtown Manhattan today

Waste of time: Many of the queues were more than three hours long

Waste of time: Many of the queues were more than three hours long

Tough competition: Lines began forming today at around 5am

Tough competition: Lines began forming today at around 5am

Budget choice: A man squats down to fill up his gas can at a Hess fuelling station in Brooklyn

Budget choice: A man squats down to fill up his gas can at a Hess fuelling station in Brooklyn

Everyone's affected: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have been inundated with evocative pictures of people coping with low fuel supplies

Everyone's affected: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have been inundated with evocative pictures of people coping with low fuel supplies

Heat seekers: As temperatures begin to drop, people wait in line to fill containers with gas at a Shell filling station in Keyport, N.J.

Heat seekers: As temperatures begin to drop, people wait in line to fill containers with gas at a Shell filling station in Keyport, N.J.

Struggle: President Obama sent 250,000 gallons of gas and 500,000 gallons of diesel fuel via the Department of Defense

Struggle: President Obama sent 250,000 gallons of gas and 500,000 gallons of diesel fuel via the Department of Defense

Powerless: Drivers are forced to travel to find open gas stations. Many have yellow tape wrapped over their pumps

Powerless: Drivers are forced to travel to find open gas stations. Many have yellow tape wrapped over their pumps

Anger: State officials have has help from the Red Cross and the National Guard - but it is still not enough

Anger: State officials have has help from the Red Cross and the National Guard - but it is still not enough

Killing time: Residents of downtown neighborhoods have had to rely on crowded buses or taxis to get around, though the latter may not be an option in days to come

Killing time: Residents of downtown neighborhoods have had to rely on crowded buses or taxis to get around, though the latter may not be an option in days to come

All aboard: Mohammad Ullah fills up his gypsy cab from a gas container while others wait on a line

All aboard: Mohammad Ullah fills up his gypsy cab from a gas container while others wait on a line

Heavy work: A police officer, right, helps Jason Bravo push an out-of-gas van into a station in Brooklyn

Heavy work: A police officer, right, helps Jason Bravo push an out-of-gas van into a station in Brooklyn

Which direction? A New York City Police officer directs traffic at a Hess fuelling station in Brooklyn

Which direction? A New York City Police officer directs traffic at a Hess fuelling station in Brooklyn

Some lines are miles long and many have had to stop using their cars because their tanks are empty

Some lines are miles long and many have had to stop using their cars because their tanks are empty



Fuel rage: A police officer attempts to break up the row amid escalating anger over the gas shortage

Fuel rage: A police officer attempts to break up the row amid escalating anger over the gas shortage

Keeping control: The fuel rationing in the tri-state area is having a huge knock-on effect, and police and National Guard troops are now providing security at gas stations

Keeping control: The fuel rationing in the tri-state area is having a huge knock-on effect, and police and National Guard troops are now providing security at gas stations

Drafted in: A police officer watches as people wait in line to fill their gas containers after Superstorm Sandy closed most gas stations in Allenhurst, New Jersey

Drafted in: A police officer watches as people wait in line to fill their gas containers after Superstorm Sandy closed most gas stations in Allenhurst, New Jersey

Friction: Residents argue for their place in line while waiting to get fuel at a gas station in the New York City borough of Queens. State troopers have been drafted in to maintain order in some areas

Friction: Residents argue for their place in line while waiting to get fuel at a gas station in the New York City borough of Queens. State troopers have been drafted in to maintain order in some areas

Dispute: An argument starts as men take their place in the line for fuel from a gas station in the borough of Queens in New York

Dispute: An argument starts as men take their place in the line for fuel from a gas station in the borough of Queens in New York



City in chaos: Children play on the ground during the long wait to get to one of the gas stations still operating

City in chaos: Children play on the ground during the long wait to get to one of the gas stations still operating

Dry at the pumps: A police officer holds caution tape after a gas station ran out of fuel in the Brooklyn borough of New York

Dry at the pumps: A police officer holds caution tape after a gas station ran out of fuel in the Brooklyn borough of New York

None here: A New York City police officer explains to a driver that a gas station on the west side of Manhattan has run out of fuel

None here: A New York City police officer explains to a driver that a gas station on the west side of Manhattan has run out of fuel

A state on its knees: An estimated 80 per cent of the gas stations in New Jersey are closed closed

A state on its knees: An estimated 80 per cent of the gas stations in New Jersey are closed closed

All smiles: A group beam with happiness after they reach the front of the line

All smiles: A group beam with happiness after they reach the front of the line

Trying to stock up: People line up to fill gas containers at the New Jersey Turnpike's Thomas A. Edison service area, near Woodbridge

Trying to stock up: People line up to fill gas containers at the New Jersey Turnpike's Thomas A. Edison service area, near Woodbridge

All ages: A girl holds jerry cans while waiting in line at a gas station in Hazlet township, New Jersey

All ages: A girl holds jerry cans while waiting in line at a gas station in Hazlet township, New Jersey

Running on empty: A man lifts a jerry can over his head to see if there is any gasoline left at a gas station in Hazlet township, New Jersey

Running on empty: A man lifts a jerry can over his head to see if there is any gasoline left at a gas station in Hazlet township, New Jersey

Deserted: Many stations are out of action because they have no power to operate the pumps

Deserted: Many stations are out of action because they have no power to operate the pumps

Patient: Residents hold containers while waiting for hours to get fuel from a gas station in the New York City borough of Queens

Patient: Residents hold containers while waiting for hours to get fuel from a gas station in the New York City borough of Queens

Hanging around: A man talks on a cell phone as he waits with others for fuel in Queens, New York City

Hanging around: A man talks on a cell phone as he waits with others for fuel in Queens, New York City

Weary: Long queues for fuel formed at this Gulf gas station in Manalapan, New Jersey

Weary: Long queues for fuel formed at this Gulf gas station in Manalapan, New Jersey

Little helper: Kora Ferrone, carries a five-gallon gas can as she assists her father, Chris Ferrone, in line at a station in Toms River, New Jersey

Little helper: Kora Ferrone, carries a five-gallon gas can as she assists her father, Chris Ferrone, in line at a station in Toms River, New Jersey

Queuing for gas: A long line of people wait to purchase gasoline for their cars and generators, at a gas station in Point Pleasant, New Jersey

Queuing for gas: A long line of people wait to purchase gasoline for their cars and generators, at a gas station in Point Pleasant, New Jersey

 

Masses: People needing to get back to work in New Jersey queue at a gas station in Point Pleasant

Masses: People needing to get back to work in New Jersey queue at a gas station in Point Pleasant

Stressful: Families are stockpiling gas, unsure of when supplies will revive and unable to rely on the public transport system

Stressful: Families are stockpiling gas, unsure of when supplies will revive and unable to rely on the public transport system

Endless: Cars wait in long lines at a Sunoco gas station on the Garden State Parkway in Montvale, New Jersey

Endless: Cars wait in long lines at a Sunoco gas station on the Garden State Parkway in Montvale, New Jersey

Sign of the times: Motorists hoping to fill up at a Sunoco gas station on the Garden State Parkway in Montvale, New Jersey, had no choice but to stop and wait

Sign of the times: Motorists hoping to fill up at a Sunoco gas station on the Garden State Parkway in Montvale, New Jersey, had no choice but to stop and wait

Congested: Cars queue bumper to bumper as they approach a gas station in Toms River, New Jersey, after fuel stocks were depleted following Superstorm Sandy

Congested: Cars queue bumper to bumper as they approach a gas station in Toms River, New Jersey, after fuel stocks were depleted following Superstorm Sandy

Filling up: A gas station attendant fills a customer's Jerry cans with gasoline in Hazlet township, New Jersey, after the devastation of Sandy

Filling up: A gas station attendant fills a customer's Jerry cans with gasoline in Hazlet township, New Jersey, after the devastation of Sandy



Frayed tempers: Armed police tackle violence at a gas station in Brooklyn, after one customer accused another of cutting in line

Frayed tempers: Armed police tackle violence at a gas station in Brooklyn, after one customer accused another of cutting in line

Misery: Drivers get to gas stations as early as they can can to beat the crowds, but the crisis could go on for another week

Misery: Drivers get to gas stations as early as they can can to beat the crowds, but the crisis could go on for another week

Drained: Fuel tankers have been diverted to the Port of Virginia, and immediate relief is still some way off

Drained: Fuel tankers have been diverted to the Port of Virginia, and immediate relief is still some way off

Pushing through: A police officer moves a car that is completely out of gas, trying to position it so it can fill up at a gas station in Brooklyn, New York

Pushing through: A police officer moves a car that is completely out of gas, trying to position it so it can fill up at a gas station in Brooklyn, New York

Road block: Passing motorists are accidentally finding themselves in line, and getting accused of cutting

Road block: Passing motorists are accidentally finding themselves in line, and getting accused of cutting

In the dark: Station managers in the borough haven¿t been told specifics, only that they hope to have fuel deliveries by early next week

In the dark: Station managers in the borough haven¿t been told specifics, only that they hope to have fuel deliveries by early next week

Shellshocked: New Yorkers are just starting to get their lives back on track after the terrible storm

Shellshocked: New Yorkers are just starting to get their lives back on track after the terrible storm

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Mongo's picture

YEAH That's right bitchez... know your place in the line!

Nothing To See Here's picture

Meanwhile on the "markets", people lining up for gas sends crude's price into a Baumgartner dive...

Kitler's picture

We can only hope that the good citizens of New York will maintain their good manners while they iWait.

I'd hate to see the police have to open fire on the crowd near the gas pumps.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

Those are fairly bulky, and you cannot use them as a tourniquet. 

Hopefully, ZHers in the path of Sandy did spend the following $6 for 6 ft.  Some initial sucking is involved.

http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2012-19-10/fear-we-are-returning-time-history-where-it-common-occurrence-fight-ones-life

Item 5

o,Tubing,1,6' surgical tubing (emergency tourniquet/syphon),$6.00

economics9698's picture

I highly recommend ZH'er buy this.  It pays for itself with one use.

 http://www.homedepot.com/buy/siphon-pump-kit-490-850-0008.html#.UJQplW-HJCo

 

Oh and the lines could be eliminated instantly if the merchants were allowed to charge the going market rate.  Price ceilings create shortages, econ 101.

 

 

TruthInSunshine's picture

So there are no "apps" for this? The all-encompassing power of Western Civilization Big Brother & Big 'Sis can't mitigate the repercussions of an extremely benign-by-historical standards event in satisfactory fashion?

What will happen when something far more devastating strikes an even wider swath of the "civilians?"

WTF bitchez?

 

Too bad there aren't any apps that are powerful enough (even assuming one who is on the grid can find the power source to charge their iGadget) to take the vicious edge off the inevitable and brutal fundamental nature of human nature manifesting itself in full un-glory.

These pictures are merely an amuse-gueule of the depraved, barbaric (notice that I did not use the term barbarous), wicked, nothing-will-be-taboo, nature-red-in-tooth-&-claw scenes that will be not just common and routine, but "the new normal," when the shit truly hits the fan in the dystopian suburban/urban nightmare born of cognitive dissonance that is the core that supports (for now) the very foundation & structure of modern American society.

The same holds true for any other "civilized" area of the world, whether in Europe or Canada, that was shaped and formed by the same cognitive dissonance.

This is the reason I long to be as far away and independent of these areas and their inhabitants as possible. I can already detect the sour notes of shame, sin, sickness, filth, butchery, depravity & bloodlust in the appetizer.

I would definitely find the entrée and dessert far more unpalatable.

 

"They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it."

--Father George Carlin

Patriarch of the Church of Reality/Divine Comedy

krispkritter's picture

And for all the Obama voters; 'NOGAS' is Spanish for 'Out of Fuel'. 

Just wanted to clear that up...

nmewn's picture

Lots of brand new, sparkling clean gas cans in those photos and no one talkin on der ObamaPhown ya now?...electricity jus comes outta his stash I guess...ya now? 

This is the time Big Government was supposed to be at the top of its game, ya now? ;-)

GeezerGeek's picture

What you see is Obama at the top of his game.

nmewn's picture

lol...Forward!!!...to the gas lines.

Prolly too late for another hard pivot ;-)

Harlequin001's picture

and the really funny thing is that they still have to make the payments on the car, even though there's no fuel.

Who said banking's a shite business. Looks pretty storm proof to me, especially when the govt's got your back...

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

Just stay on the 747 for a llyover.

 

Don't go down there and actually promise anything.....you'll look like a total jackass.

 

The one thing I learned from looking at those pictures is that America is flush with gas cans....we need to start making more gas.

 

Just sayin.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

I think I saw MDB in a line.  He was the one wearing the Obama shirt.

Fedaykinx's picture

i'd just like to say, somewhere near the top of the thread, coming from a life-long resident of the deep south... from the bottom of my heart... welcome to flyover country.

bitches.

too bad they canceled the marathon that would have been a riot.  heh.

TruthInSunshine's picture

I saw Harry Wanger somewhere in that line, too.

After the Chinese Government revoked his urinal cake production license, he switched his factory over to silkscreening Che Guevara tshirts, and I heard he made a killing.

francis_sawyer's picture

@TIS

That was funny as shit... :-)

@HH

Excellent foto of REAL jerrycans... REAL STEEL bitchez... Accept no substitutes... I'd actually call the engineering of those MF'ers (the 3 handles, the materials, the shape, the weight & caps, the reliability, etc.) amongst the most brilliant in the past century... Genius...

Element's picture

Can you imagine what would have happened if Sandy had been a mere Cat-2 storm?

disabledvet's picture

Fart blurf snort arghh blurb sneed

TeamDepends's picture

We are from the Red Cross, want a cookie?

Diogenes's picture

I see pictures of honest citizens patiently waiting their turn in line at gas stations, following the rules of the road on the hiways, and making the best of a bad situation. No mad max, no breakdown of civilization.

This is actually typical of power outages and weather emergencies.

TruthInSunshine's picture

It's been 3 1/2 days.

Give it 4 weeks and watch & see what happens (let alone 4 months).

Remember that great power outage back in 2005?  People were already beginning to devolve into neanderthals at about the 4 day point.

JOYFUL's picture

There are apps "powerful enough" to deal with this...they come with four legs and a tail, and they pull cutting edge equipment designed and manufactured domestically....

unfortunately, for the legion of dopes who bought into the myth of technological supremacism, 'first world' is the new 'third world'...

As "unwanted" horses are rounded up to be sold to butchers, and wild horses are mercilessly attacked and slaughtered for no other crime than 'livin free', the gadget-laden puppets of the west find that their strings pull them in ever tighter circles towards a day when the real butchers' bill comes in: at the heart and soul of our great western legacy of civilization was...the horse. Not some mass produced, planned obsolescence-designed trinket, worshipped by the massed cultists in their snaking lines of ritualistic plastic gas can laden frenzy.

In any kind of sane society all those four-legged friends would have been shipped east to the big cities where their proud n happy four-bearers once trotted through the streets delivering the daily lifeblood of the urban populations, the factories would be ringing day and night to the sound of hammered spokes and sprockets as another phaeton gets assembled, and the plug pulled on stupid corn for ethanol schemes that enrich the rich while impoverishing everybody else...

but this be Amerika....where the 'smell' of 'horse excrement' is offensive to the nasal sensitivities of the massed cutting-edged CampFema pre-registrants. and hysterical PETA nazis slander & attack the few remaining carriage-men brave enough to appear in daylight...welcome to your gas-powered Gulag Merika!

I don't have the priviliges accorded to "Hedgeless Horseman" here, so I can't post the one pic that is missing from your foto album...that of a four-in-hand trotting by one of your cargo-cult installations(aka 'gas station') as the congregants gap open-mouthed at the happy commuters ensconced on the warm seats within, and a live 'web cam' streams pictures of the irony of it all!

Dr. Sandi's picture

I believe the smell of horse excrement has to do with the impending election, nothing more.

JOYFUL's picture

Whilst you may be correct in diagnosing the immediate application of the term herein, I believe that the term horse excrement(aka "horse shit") serves as perfect metaphor for the terminal decline of common sense(aka "horse sense" in the western gulag zone...

where the phrase has taken on an exclusively perjorative sense to refer to anything 'bad' or screwed up, by the urban detritus of reality-challenged petro-junkies who are soon to be herded into the warmth and safety of their local DHS collection centers, due to the lack of food, heating and mobility they suffer from as a result of these faux-disasters....

all of which, of course, are provided by the much maligned creators of the much-maligned horseshit...which not only provides great heating and fertilizes crops, but also provides a vechicle by which freemen can exercise their free expression of their birthright of bein free...to move where they please, when it pleases them....

but that's sooooo....last century!

StychoKiller's picture

+1 for using "perjorative"

cossack55's picture

If not mistaken, I read somewhere that the horse population of the US is at a historic low.  I also hear they are corraling and giving them away somewhere in s. Indiana. Yes?

disabledvet's picture

Blurb born sheen water needle snack

JOYFUL's picture

Yes, you can basically get yourself a horse for no up-front cost at this point...which is an even better deal than the almost give-away electric car deal...until you add up feed costs and realize that unless you already own a(non-drought stricken) farm with plenty of pasture you might be in worse shape than petro-cultists...

However, thanks to human ingenuity, there is a simple solution to financing your new ride...

sprouted barley can be grown efficiently in small spaces without soil, and has all of the nutrients necessary to keep most four-legged friends[sheep,cattle, goats etc,] happy n healthy... while ruminants still need some dry hay to munch on, costs are muchly reduced, as are storage space requirements. Here is one example of a commercial set up http://www.greenfield-hydroponics.com/fodder.html ...many others are listed under barley fodder if you search.

Getting the horse fed is relatively simple...getting the authorities off your back will be another challenge altogether...but I guess that's where the guns part of 'gold, guns, n two fresh mounts' comes into the picture!

Jena's picture

You're right, the siphon pumps are way better.  After any disaster involving gas shortages or even during times of very high gas prices, the upswing in incidence of chemical pneumonia increases because of people who aspirate some gas as they're trying to siphon it.  The pumps don't cost much and they last a long time.  On the other hand, chemical pneumonia can kill ya.

Pure Evil's picture

Yes, but that's Darwin's theory working overtime.

And, the Darwin award goes to the biggest gas sucker of all time.......

Jena's picture

Well, there always is that.

wee-weed up's picture

Methinks there may be a very bad taste in many northeasterner's mouths come Tuesday when they vote - if not from having had to suck gasoline, then surely from the overall gross incompetence of big gubbermint at all levels in this mess from mayor all the way up to president.

Dr. Sandi's picture

And there's one born every minute, especially during a major disaster.

blu's picture

It turns out this story gave a fairly accurate prediction of what would happen when the gas ran out:

http://www.newcolonist.com/dim_ages.html

And the ending, NYers may end up there too before long. 60 days, maybe.

CPL's picture

I read the news today and it was about nothing somewhere.

I read the news today and it was about my country

I read the news today and it was about my city

There was no news today.

spdrdr's picture

Oh boy.

I saw the photograph...

Dr. Sandi's picture

...he blew his mind out siphoning gas from a car.

disabledvet's picture

Flat tart plop hillocks bullocks metamorphose

A Nanny Moose's picture

Some initial sucking is involved.

So I could hire Kruggybear, to "prime" that pump?

true brain's picture

This is the exact scenario the peak-oil crowd has been worrying about for years. Only in the the peak-oil scenario, no longer how long you way, you aren't getting any gas period.

scary.  I got 20 gallons of extra gas in my garage at all time.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

There is no such thing as peak oil.  Go drive your solar car to the grocery store.

 

true brain's picture

all right, either there is peak oil or there is global warming. Take your pick. Either way human species is screwed....hard.

Citxmech's picture

or both.

Screwed even harder.

knukles's picture

Or neither, so who gives a shit anyway, like worrying, protesting, raising taxes or turning it over to the gubamint's gonna get a damned thing done except enrich a buncha politically connected cronies