Every time there’s a big increase in price of gasoline scheduled, we inevitably hear stories of “long lines at the pump.”
Now there’s no debating that an increase in the price from 70 to 77 cents a litre is a big jump. But for a car with a 40 litre tank, that’s an increase of $2.80 on the cost of a tank. Surely making a special point of driving out to a gas station and standing in line costs more than $2.80, doesn’t it? Even if you pay yourself the minimum wage, that’s about 20 minutes of time. To say nothing of the (admitedly small) amount of gas used to get to the gas station.
Perhaps the feeling of “sticking it to the man” by getting in under the wire is too attractive to pass up?