The government has issued an official warning telling people to not fill plastic bags with gas for their cars...
Because apparently, people have been panic-buying fuel in bulk following a cyber attack on a major gas pipeline.
Here's the full story...
Now, we all remember the chaos from last year, right?
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in lockdowns all around the world which lead to millions descending into mass hysteria.
People began urgently stock-piling groceries and essentials...
Leaving shelves in millions of supermarkets empty for weeks.
It was all very unnecessary...
But because we were living through a deadly pandemic, this kind of panicked behavior was sadly expected.
Well, a year on from the madness, the stockpiling hysteria has taken a dangerous turn.
A ransomware cyber attack was carried out recently on the Colonial pipeline, which delivers around forty-five percent of the gas used on the East Coast of the U.S.
The attack has meant that fuel prices have soared, with American Automobile Association saying they hit an average price of $3.008 per gallon today, the highest since October 2014.
This has, of course, resulted in people stockpiling gas for their cars...
But many have been using plastic bags.
Yep, you heard that correctly!
And this is how someone thinks they should get gas...🙄 #gasshortage https://t.co/XT7APSI9rM— Tyler in Texas (@Tyler in Texas)1620781527.0
People have actually been storing bags and bags of gas in the backs of their cars... and the internet simply can't get over the idiocy of the reckless idea.
It's clear that those who have been using plastic bags to store their hoards of gas have no idea how dangerous this really is...
Which is why the U.S government has issued a stern warning on Twitter for those who think hoarding gas is a good idea.
They started by simply saying:
Do not fill plastic bags with gasoline.— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@US Consumer Product Safety Commission)1620828576.0
"Do not fill plastic bags with gasoline."
"Use only containers approved for fuel."
Follow the gas canister manufacturer instructions for storing and transporting gasoline.— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@US Consumer Product Safety Commission)1620828644.0
"Follow the gas canister manufacturer instructions for storing and transporting gasoline," they then adivsed.
The account then warned drivers to "never pour gasoline over a near or open flame"...
Along with a terrifying demonstration showing how quickly fire can spread when gasoline is exposed to an open flame.
The warning concluded with:
We know this sounds simple, but when people get desperate they stop thinking clearly. They take risks that can have… https://t.co/ybOAdStV68— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@US Consumer Product Safety Commission)1620829747.0
"We know this sounds simple, but when people get desperate they stop thinking clearly. They take risks that can have deadly consequences. If you know someone who is thinking about bringing a container not meant for fuel to get gas, please let them know it's dangerous."
So, there you have it.
Please do not store gas in plastic bags... and try not to stockpile, if you can!