“Even”-ing the “Odds” of getting gas
by Andrew Pavia
Nov 14, 2012 | 1127 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the even and odd license plate restrictions put into effect to help manage the city’s gas shortage, community members are forced to either wait on line for fuel or wait another day.

On the first day of the new restrictions, a line of cars and pedestrians formed for gas at a Mobil station at 64-01 Woodhaven Boulevard in Queens.

The line of cars stretched from the pumps to 65th Drive, where police were making sure people on line remained civil and that only motorists with license plates ending in an odd number or letter were getting on line.

Many of those waiting on line were blaming the city and the mayor for the shortage.

“Bloomberg only looks out for the rich,” said Woodhaven resident Jack Nieves. “You don't see him waiting on this line.”

The wait last Friday for gas was about an hour and a half. Nieves said he has waited in line for gas almost every single day since the shortage because he uses generators to power his food truck. He said his business has taken a significant hit because he's had to wait on gas lines instead of serving food.

However, on Friday he wasn’t waiting for himself.

“I have a buddy out on Long Island who is running on a generator and he can't find gas,” said Nieves, who was planning to drive a few gallons to his friend so he can heat his home.

The station’s owner, Gunther Duy, has been through three gas shortages in the past, He said this is the worst one he's ever seen.

“It's a natural disaster,” he said.

The issue, in his opinion, is that more people are using generators, which means that there is more demand for gas than in the past shortages.

Duy said that he received 8,000 gallons of gas at 4 a.m. on Friday, but had to wait until 7 a.m. to begin pumping because he couldn't open until police arrived. A police officer Friday said that most people are respectful and obey the new restriction.

When asked how the even and odd restrictions has impacted the gas shortage issue, Duy said,

“The line is alleviated,” said Duy, when asked if he thought the restrictions were having an impact. “After people are waiting for two to three hours, they're ready to bite your head off.”

Not everyone thought the new restrictions were a good idea. Woodhaven resident John Vendetti, who was waiting on line with a 20 gallon gas can, said he thought it was “a dumb idea.” He said if his car wasn't allowed to fill up because of the restriction, he would just wait on the line with pedestrians and fill his car up anyway.

“It's human nature,” Vendetti said.
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