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November 4, 2012

Get Up and Go

Today, my husband witnessed a wondrous act of resourcefulness. A man with a horse trailer hitched to his truck was filling up individual 5 gallon jugs of gas in order to transport them back to New Jersey.

He went out into the wide world of American plenty that lies just beyond disaster. He didn't wait like a hopeless fool in a line of idling cars for gasoline that is rationed by the spoonful. His neighbors hired him because he had a big, gas eating truck, and gave him money and jugs and sent him to Lancaster County to go shopping. He brought back not only gasoline, but food, water, clothing, blankets, batteries, and other things they might need. Those people are heroes, because they used their God-given talents and brains and didn't go crying to the cameras, asking for the government to come and help. -- --- Jewel in a comment on Side-Lines: "Hurricane Sandy did

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 4, 2012 11:38 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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We have a name for people like that "citizens." God bless every one of them.

Posted by: Scott M at November 5, 2012 1:43 AM

Of course, you might want to be sure that you put the gasoline in APPROVED CONTAINERS before you transport them....and NBC....quit the bait and switch on headlines.

Posted by: Jewel at November 5, 2012 8:25 AM

Of course, you might want to be sure that you put the gasoline in APPROVED CONTAINERS before you transport them....and NBC....quit the bait and switch on headlines.

Posted by: Jewel at November 5, 2012 8:26 AM

From the NBC website:

NY Man Charged in Gas Hoarding Case

Police arrested a 47-year-old New York man accused of filling up 30 five-gallon Home Depot buckets with gasoline on Saturday night.

According to investigators, Yunus Latif, of Richmond Hill, collected money from his neighbors, bought gas at a Valero station almost 80 miles away in Orange and planned to bring it back to his neighborhood, where they had no power and gas.

Since Superstorm Sandy hit last Monday, drivers from New York and New Jersey have been heading north to get gasoline.

On Friday, police said gas lines in Greenwich were growing because New Yorkers were stopping on Interstate 95 to fill up, causing a drain on the local supply.

This time, a New York driver made the journey further north for gas.

Just before 9 p.m. on Saturday in Orange, police found buckets filled with 4 gallons each stacked inside Latif's van and it looked like the lids were beginning to expand, officials said.

That owner of the Valero gas station, located at 347 Boston Post Road, was arrested as well.

Police claimed Muniruzzaman Gomosta, 41, should have known what Latif was doing since he came into the store several times to pay for buckets of gasoline.

Gomosta said the gas station was very busy and he did not realize that Latif was filling five-gallon buckets with gas, said police.

Both men were issued a misdemeanor summons for violation of regulation concerning flammable or combustible liquids.

Latif and Gomosta are expected to appear in court on Nov. 19.

The gas was returned to underground storage tanks, police said.

There is nothing in this story about hoarding.

Posted by: Jewel at November 5, 2012 9:05 AM

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