"The trouble started about 9 a.m. [Thursday] when an attendant at the BP station punched in 35 cents instead of $3.35 for premium-grade gasoline," the Star-News reports. "The mistake wasn’t noticed until about 6 p.m., when crowds jammed the pumps and caused traffic jams on nearby roads."
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I'm an old enough driver that I remember the first of the "oil shocks" of the 70's. I think a gallon of gas was around .30 a gallon then. When the rationing hit here in NY, drivers were asked to fill up based on an odd/even license plate system. But there was one gas station on Gold Street (!) in Brooklyn that ramped up the cost on the pump to .99 a gallon. Note that they couldn't raise it any higher because the pumps themselves only had two digits to work with (and one spot reserved for tenths)! Nobody ever planned for the day when gas would be more than a dollar a gallon! The station owner was fined for price gouging and eventually shut down.
The good old days - what I wouldn't give for .99 cent a gallon gas now!
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