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September 1, 2005

Gas Rage Spikes as Fuel Prices Soar

Topics: Natural Disasters

When I stopped for gas tonight, I actually saw some selfish, self-centered, gas-hoarding jerk fill 20 five-gallon plastic containers with gasoline, plus his SUV, while ten cars waited patiently behind him for a turn at the pump. Now FoxNews is reporting the results of people like that:

First there was road rage, then air rage, then sports rage, and now -- gas rage. As gas prices soar to a record high of more than $3.00 per gallon, so too do incidents of violence and theft at the pumps.

In the most extreme and tragic example so far, Husain "Tony" Caddi, 54, the owner of a gas station in Alabama, was run down and killed Aug. 23 by a driver who had just helped himself to $52 worth of gas. The driver has since surrendered to police.

And "it may get worse before it gets better, especially if we have periods of acute shortages, price hikes, or both where we will see more rageful incidents, anger, and irritability at the pumps," says Jerry Deffenbacher, PhD, professor in the department of psychology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. Such acute circumstances "can escalate an already simmering situation."

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The guy I saw and the nut that ran the guy over in the FoxNews report are obviously not of the "let's work together" crowd that keeps America, America. They're members of the "me first and screw everyone else" crowd. Look for things to get a little worse before they get better! As for the "me first" people, there's a real need for a special place for those guys - a couple floors beneath the jail.

Posted by Richard at September 1, 2005 2:07 AM

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