The Panic of Aught Five

Filed under:General — eric @ 8:03 pm

Herd mentality and panic buying took over Athens today, as everyone in town tried to fill every gas tank they had at the same time. Gas prices were up ten cents overnight, but by five pm they were up another ninety — those stations that still had gas were happy to sell it at $3.39 a gallon. As I was driving home, the local radio news station was doing a special broadcast on the panic, and a county spokesman actually had to get on the air and implore the public to stop calling 911 to ask where the cheap gas was. (!!!)

Apparently it happened in Atlanta too, where the governor waived environmental restrictions and enacted price gouging laws One well-publicized station was selling gas at well over $5 a gallon at the end of the day.

Meanwhile, it’s Dawn of the Dead over in NOLA. All that’s standing before the complete breakdown of civilization are some well-prepared (and well-armed) nerds at an internet data center.


  1. Hey Eric, Gas went up over $3.00 at a lot of places, however, QT is sitting at $2.99. Lance said that the 105 QT’s that are in Atlanta are out of gas. He had a meeting today and said hopefully up here we will be ok, but they are not sure. It is not affecting our driving..we spent $130 to fill our tanks today (of wich two of the vehicles were pretty much empty). Also, we thought about contributing to the relief fund, but after seeing how many of those people are we decided not to. We don’t want to contribute to people who shoot at military and medical relief that are trying to help. Anyway, hope you all are safe and sound Love you all!! Adrienne and family

    Comment by Adrienne — 9/1/2005 @ 6:50 pm

  2. Hehe… all those messeges from me? I was getting an error messege and did not realize they were actualy going thru. Anyway, I realize that it is only a handful of people that are being idiots down there (of which are the only people they happened to show on t.v.). We will probably end up helping some (of what we can afford at the moment) by giving to Red Cross. It just aggrevates me that people would actually be like that to people that are trying to help. I’m hoping that I did not start anything with what I wrote earlier. As far as gas goes, QT is going to $3.29 by 10p.m. tonight. Others around here are anywhere from $3.19 to $3.49.

    Comment by Adrienne — 9/1/2005 @ 9:17 pm

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