Charlotte runs out of gas again?
Driving home I saw a very long line at the gas station I usually use -- which has some 18 pumps and I've never had to wait at. The price for premium had jumped from around $3.80 to $4.20, which was typical for Friday's jump. The next station I passed just displayed "$.00" on its sign, and the pumps were taped off, apparently out of gas. That pattern repeated itself the rest of the way home.
People are notoriously irrational about gas prices, willing to spend lots of time and gas to save a few bucks. How scared were folks of being unable to fill up next week?
Last time, the panic was apparently triggered by government officials asking people not to panic. This time, some stations started asking customers to limit themselves to 10 gallons, which just kicked off the nonsense by itself.
At least prices went up to discourage consumption. I'm at about a quarter-of-a-tank, but I think I can hold out until the craziness passes.