Phantom strike causes pump chaos
THERE was an angry reaction in Dunfermline as the 'phantom' petrol tanker strike caused chaos at the pumps.
Comments from a Government minister about filling up jerry-cans triggered traffic queues to form up and down the country.
On Thursday, the Press reported on our Facebook page that long queues had formed at the Tesco petrol station in Duloch Park - despite the fact that a tanker had arrived, clearly demonstrating to those queueing that it was business as usual.
The busy Asda station in Halbeath had spells without fuel as the shortages hit sites across the area from Tuesday through to Friday.
Hot-under-the-collar motorists started vented their feelings on our FB page as the queues continued.
Graeme Sharpe posted: "Yeah I queued for ages. My tanks were near empty - I genuinely had to go. I visited Asda later and their petrol station seemed closed!? Glad we're not the type of people to succumb to panic buying in Dunfermline."
Amanda Harrigan said, "People are all sheep and the advice from the Government over the past 48 hours has been irresponsible. If everyone just filled up as they would normally do there would be no queues or shortages."
Lisa Graham wrote, "Grrr, another person who genuninely needs petrol but I'm scared I'm not going to be able to get it. Also supposed to be travelling down south on Monday but looking unlikely since all the 'sheep' (thanks for that Amanda) are panic buying."
Malcolm Duffy: "It's the government-led media that's to blame. Strike hasn't started yet and everyone's going into a blind panic."
Johnny Wardlaw posted, "Muppets! Worst thing the goverment can do is tell people not to panic. I don't think the media help matters either. BBC reported about a petrol station in the Wirral running dry and it was the number one story. If they did that about the Jet station in Dunfermline there'd be panic buying every week."
Brian Miller: "Muppets!! It's the numpties panic-buying fuel that is causing the shortage!! Mucho tax revenue this week for the government."
Margaret Fairgrieve wrote, "Just fill up as normal for goodness sake! They have to give seven days notice so you will be able to fill up if it does become necessary. Things could be settled before the strike even goes ahead."
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 05 Apr 12
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Apr 7, 23:10
Apr 11, 02:05
Tesco had it laid out all wrong forcing cars down the length of their car park. Cars leaving the store by the end aisle were in the same queue system for Petrol
This is to be expected when an expert grocer plays car park manager!
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