How far would go to get gas? Would you trade sex for it? Apparently, some people think that it’s a worthwhile trade. This shouldn’t really be a surprise, as when resources – food, clean water, fuel, security – are in short supply, people will go to any length to secure whatever resources that they need.
[From Report: People Trading Gas For Sex On Craigslist « CBS New York – ]
How far would go to get gas?
Long gas stationlines and empty gas pumps have plagued drivers across New York and New Jersey since Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast last Monday, leaving a gas shortage across the region.
Stories of price gouging and fights at gas stations have also been commonplace. But now it seems people men in particular are finding new ways to take advantage of gas-seeking Tri-State residents: Sex.
Men have been taking to the personals on Craigslist, trading gasoline for sex.
Now, you may read that story and come to the conclusion that this is only some guy trying to trade sex for gas. Who knows if there were any takers, which would be completely different. Keep reading
I have an EMT friend who knows some of the people that are on the medical strike teams in the effected area. They tell the flip side of the above. There is a fuel depot that is for government vehicles only, and the people manning these pumps have seen everything from offers for sex, to bribes to threats of physical assault.
Another person on the medical strike team related how most people didn’t worry about fuel until their fuel gauge was on Empty. Police are at every gas station maintaining order and doing traffic control. Some people are standing in line for 6 hours or more, just to get their ration of 5 – 10 gallons of gasoline. The gas stations that are open are charging $6 per gallon.
Parked cars are being siphoned of their fuel, and people are trading food, clothes, sex and drugs for fuel. When tanker trucks stop at a stoplight, people run up and pound on the doors and try to get fuel. There are also no gas cans to be had anywhere.
When you think about it, Hurricane Sandy wasn’t really a big storm. It could have been worse, and provides a classic example of why it pays to be prepared. Hopefully, you’re looking at the aftermath of the storm and thinking how to improve your preps. I know I am.