May 14, 2007

don't buy gas tomorrow, you morons!

i'm walking through the grocery store when i pass a woman on her cell phone. she takes the phone away from her ear and turns to me. she tells me not to buy gas tomorrow because there is a nationwide boycott. she continues for 2 minutes, talking about how we'll stick it to the oil companies, etc., then finally continues her phone conversation and i walk away. later in the parking lot i see her again, loading groceries in her--can you guess it?-- SUV.

now don't get me wrong, i'm all for boycotting the oil companies and buying less gas, which is one of the reasons i drive a very small car that gets really good gas mileage. however, i don't understand how someone could be so passionate about boycotting the oil companies that they will interrupt their phone conversation to stop a stranger in the grocery store and tell them not to buy gas AND drive an suv. what!?!

Posted by JenMagenta at May 14, 2007 7:10 PM

My mom was telling me about this. What I don't get is how this is effectively a boycott. People are still going to do the same amount of driving. They'll just fill up the day before or the day after instead.

Posted by: dk at May 15, 2007 6:45 AM

I'm wondering about the effectiveness too, but it might make a one day hit to their profits, which isn't such a bad thing. People don't need to fill up every day, so not everyone is going to fill up on May 14 or May 16. It won't affect their overall profit, but it might squeeze them a little for one day.

But on my way to work today, I saw two gas stations charging $3.55 for regular. I'm wondering if they jacked up their prices in response to the boycott.

The SUV thing is stupid. If you're that concerned about gas prices, you should maybe buy something that doesn't use so much gas.

Posted by: Dan at May 15, 2007 11:41 AM

I don't understand your argument: "People don't need to fill up every day, so not everyone is going to fill up on May 14 or May 16." Right, people don't fill up every day, so most wouldn't be filling up on the 15th either. But if you were close to empty and considering filling up, but don't because of the boycott, you will fill up on the 16th. You aren't using less gas, the monthly profits will be the same, and i highly doubt billion dollar corporations are worried about single day profits all that much, especially when they get a boost in profits in the surrounding few days.

I filled up yesterday on purpose expecting prices to go up today because of the pointless boycott, and because my tank was near empty. I sure as hell wasn't going to wait for today.

They do this every year, and it actually got a lot of attention a few years ago. Gas prices have never gone down because of it.

Posted by: mallio at May 16, 2007 9:46 AM
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