Saturday, October 15, 2011

No Such Thing as Half-Price Gas

Post and photo by the Hawthorne Hawkman.

I woke up this morning to get my usual morning paper from the Holiday station. With a 7 cents/gallon coupon in hand, it was also time to fill up the tank. As I walked into the store a middle-aged man called out to me:

"Hey! You want some half-priced gas?"

Without my morning cup of joe, the only thing I wrapped my mind around was that in spite of the $1.50+/gallon savings he was offering, that was too good to be true. By the time I got to the register, it dawned on me: stolen credit card. I told the clerk what happened, and at which pump, and they sprang into action.

One clerk had 911 on the horn immediately and another ran out to get the license number of the vehicle as it sped off. Then I swung by the Honey Bee and Winner Gas to see if he was pulling the same stunt. At Winner, there was a person and vehicle that matched the description. (Middle-aged, heavyset African-American male driving a large, dark green SUV.)

I caught the license plate number this time around and called that in to 911. If NoMi folks notice the same behavior, call it in.
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  1. Without giving the whole number..any chance you could give us a partial plate to go along with that SUV??

  2. I didn't put the full license plate number in the post because I can't be 100% sure that the person at Winner was the same as the one at Holiday. But I suppose a partial number could help identify a suspect but not lead someone to look up information on a specific person if I was wrong.

    The numbers on the plate were 567.


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