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

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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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Fri, 11/02/2012 - 17:47 | 2942963 Pure Evil
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Never have to worry about peak idiots, looks like one is born every minute in NYC.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 18:41 | 2943115 krispkritter
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And in 9 months or so there will be a flood of them...

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 20:47 | 2943344 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Are you implying they are having sex in the gas lines?

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 21:08 | 2943376 Yes_Questions
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Thanks for the laugh.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 21:15 | 2943382 dark pools of soros
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can of gas is the new bag of coke

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 22:01 | 2943442 Chuck Walla
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Are you implying they are having sex in the gas lines?

Well, they are surely being screwed...

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 06:49 | 2943824 disabledvet
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William

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 16:49 | 2942706 DCFusor
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I happen to agree with you, hedgeless, which is why I also own a farm and rarely need to go to the store anyway, as well as stack almost everything from phyzz to food to tools and books.  Does my handle give a hint what I do for a living to work on this problem set?

Yet people around here seem to hate the idea that cars that don't guzzle gas can exist, and of course that they can work fine - which eventually will extend to trucks and tractors...as long as there is *some* source of energy and motivated people to make it work.  The only question is, will we get it done on time.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 17:55 | 2942988 francis_sawyer
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Are there any other platitudes you wish to shower upon yourself or are you done for the evening?...

~~~

I'm sure 'some' are thanking their lucky stars simply because they're otherwise occupied standing in gas lines this evening & don't have to waste their time reading about the virtues of how many tax dollars they spent to subsidize the bulk of your overpayment for a Chevy Volt...

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 19:15 | 2943190 nmewn
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or a Fisker Karma for some preppy or Hollywood "star" to show their concern for the enviroment by valet parking it at the local clubhouse.

The smirks from their peers must cut their over-inflated egos like razor blades now.

Pure Karma ;-) 

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 19:26 | 2943214 GeezerGeek
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Obama should have given Chevy Volts to all those out-of-gas, out-of-electricity people. They could drive around - at least 20 miles, I hear - then park and cook hamburgers or marshmallows when the Volt catches fire. Plus it would help GM.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 19:33 | 2943229 knukles
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Holy shit man, that is just twisted

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 21:50 | 2943422 smiler03
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DCFusor... mmm, you use direct current to do nuclear fusion?

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 22:06 | 2943449 Ident 7777 economy
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+1

My thinking too.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 23:18 | 2943518 TruthInSunshine
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Luke warm fusion; It's like cold fusion, only more tepid.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 06:51 | 2943826 disabledvet
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Carlos

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 07:01 | 2943831 Acet
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A Fusor is a kind of machine used to try and produce energy via nuclear fusion. None has yet been done that actually produces more energy than it consumes.

The current mainstream way in which most scientists are trying to get nuclear fusion to work is Tokamaks and they have been around for 30 years now and nobody has managed to get them to produce more energy than they consume and remain stable (the reaction keeps going off).

Fusors are much, much simpler than Tokamaks and I would love to see them work.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 22:01 | 2943441 jcpicks
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+1 GG

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 22:22 | 2943469 Cosimo de Medici
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Never understood why you get so much heat here.  It is quite clear you're a smart guy, and as Obama might say, you didn't make that Chevy Volt.  That you know how to make it work via technology with which you are familiar and comfortable hardly makes the subsidies to GM your fault.  The fact is the Volt exists, and if you can use it economically, more power to you (figuratively and literally).

As for your "showering platitudes on yourself", as the first responder said, are you different from any of the other preppers, stackers, ammo hoarders or food producers who continually let everyone here know what they do and what they have?  There is some virus, or groupthink, that for some reason has drifted your way.  Bizarre.

I suppose the last laugh would be when you and your group make progress on your fusion work (ZHers:  read about this man's background before you diss him), then deny it to those here.  I doubt you'd do that, though, as I have long noted comments you have made about how your community works together for everyone's benefit.  Obviously you already are well aware that part of proper prepping (other than alliteration!) is building a like-minded and supportive community.

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, "people may boo me, but when I go home and think of my (preparations), I applaud myself."

 

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 22:59 | 2943512 ceilidh_trail
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Agree. DCFusor is not a pompous blowhard. I have followed him for a few years and he is a smart guy- not a braggart.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 15:59 | 2942519 I am more equal...
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This is practice for things to come.....

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 17:48 | 2942965 Pure Evil
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So, I guess, living in the Deep South for decades has made me the master of things to come.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 16:16 | 2942578 Freddie
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Those cans are for napalm son.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 16:32 | 2942648 hedgeless_horseman
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Didn't you click through? 

Those Fuel Cans are for Non-Potable Water Only. 

Obey the law, it is for your own safety.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 17:38 | 2942929 Urban Redneck
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I did click through, and one of the picture captions really SUCKS.  NEVER ASSUME, and ALWAYS check the contents of a blue can, since non-potable kerosene is extremely flammable (or inflammable).  Putting water in a kerosene appliance, or kerosene is a water appliance (or human body) will have undesirable consequences.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 20:21 | 2943298 Matt
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Color-coding is always a good idea. Not sure why they chose black for drinking water though, makes the water really warm in summer.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 05:57 | 2943811 Urban Redneck
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Both black and green are often used (especially in polyethylene water storage tanks) to inhibit the growth of algae. However, the color of the tank is not a guarantee that the water inside is actually potable (or even water).

Regulations based on the Safe Water Drinking Act (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/42/chapter-6A/subchapter-XII) are contained in NSF/ANSI Standard 61 (http://www.nsf.org/business/water_distribution/standard61_overview.asp) which addresses potable water storage container materials.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 16:39 | 2942677 mayhem_korner
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"A friend of mine" has a diesel-powered generator, which just so happens to run on exactly the same fuel that is stored in his 500 gallon basement tank for "heating".  Which also happens to be the same fuel that runs certain automobiles (except for the dye, of course).  And with a wood stove and 3 winters worth of fuel for that, the 500 gallons is pretty safe.  His neighbors would prolly think he's one of those crazy preppers...if they knew.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 17:07 | 2942796 pods
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Sounds as if your "friend" is prepared for mayhem around the korner eh?

kudos!

pods

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 17:57 | 2943000 francis_sawyer
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& to think it still won't stop DC Fusor from trying to sell him a Chevy Volt...

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 17:42 | 2942947 Renewable Life
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If he lives in the tri state area, he might be the only house with heat, cable on, and food left in it!!

Enjoy Sportscenter "Friend"!!!

Btw, it looks fucking cold in those lines, I hope the all mighty government, has an evacuation plan for 15 million people, if that Nor'easter hits next week and they don't get this "all fixed" by then!!!!!!

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 18:07 | 2943028 blu
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Your friend needs to also come up with a way to look cold and hungry when everyone else is, or else he's likely to have some splain'n to do. And people don't react kindly to folks that selfishly horde (as the unprepared like to call it). If you follow my drift.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 19:43 | 2943168 slackrabbit
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Yea my wife and I talk about that.

Cant look too clean, too fat or too healthy....wireless head phones are also useful.

 Funnily enough, the building we were in had a fire last week. We grabbed our grab bags and ran.

Eveyone else slowly plodded their way out. They were freezing their arse off, while we had all out loot, ID's, food in our back packs.

I would have thought that would have been warning enough...

 

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 08:57 | 2943895 TeamDepends
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Thank you Blythe, for dumping 192,000,000 paper ounces of silver on the "market" in a ten minute span.  And a merry Christmas to you!!!

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 15:12 | 2942282 Dr. Richard Head
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my neighbors would outright laugh at me for usually having 10-15 extra gallons in my garage that I cycle through.  Generally speaking, both my and my wife's car have full tanks and then there is the extra.  Not looking so silly now. 

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 15:15 | 2942298 Vincent Vega
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I make it a practice to not let my car go much below 1/2 tank.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 15:28 | 2942385 J in Vegas
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Amen to that. After living in earthquake Cali I never let the gas tank get lower than 1/2.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 15:46 | 2942454 The Gooch
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family rule: 1/2 tank = empty.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 17:58 | 2943002 francis_sawyer
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2 is one & one is none...

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 18:02 | 2943018 The Gooch
Fri, 11/02/2012 - 19:31 | 2943225 The Shootist
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Sounds like you're all better men than I. I will say I've never run out of gas on the road though.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 22:17 | 2943463 jeff montanye
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i ran out of gas on the highway, pulled over, put on the warning blinkers and killed the battery in minutes.  i'm pretty much a pure kit carson.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kit_Carson

p.s. rescued by a south carolina highway patrolman (did have a credit card to buy the gas can and gas; he jump started the car).

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 06:52 | 2943827 disabledvet
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Williams

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 15:25 | 2942362 CommunityStandard
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Make sure you have a locking gas cap, otherwise the extra gas won't do you any good.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 16:09 | 2942553 yogibear
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I have seen people punch a hole in the gas tank. Fairly easy. 

Surprised someone hasn't done it to the cop cars.

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 02:53 | 2943661 TruthInSunshine
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They hit a LEO lot (a large PD that has too many vehicles to park in their secured parking structure; they cut through razor wire on top of a fence and essentially ignored the surveillance cameras that were allegedly monitoring the lot real time-- apparently Crown Vics have large fuel tanks & the on site gas pumps are always full of taxpayer provided fuel at the cop shop) as well as a large municipal lot full of city vehicles, doing exactly what was described-- rolling under and punching holes in the tanks, in a dystopian urban area about 50 miles from where I live. I *think* that over 200 vehicles had their tanks punctured and petrol drained in this manner.

There also have been many incidences of snatch & grabs of catalytic convertors far and wide using handheld torches and some other relatively inexpensive tools. I wonder if Krugman believes platinum is barborous, too, or just the thieves who steal it in this manner.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 16:26 | 2942614 JohnG
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Mine got popped off with (from the looks of the damage) a crowbar.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 15:48 | 2942467 1100-TACTICAL-12
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I for one have a hard time finding sympathy, after the union pricks ran those boy's from Alabama off. Unfucking beliveible..

 

http://www.waff.com/story/19981857/some-nonunion-ala-crews-turned-away-from-sandy-recovery

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 19:49 | 2943255 slackrabbit
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Wow…paper work, because its not like its an emergency! Oh wait...

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