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‘Con men’ selling overpriced fuel on Facebook as panic buying at the pumps continues
2021-09-25 14:00:00
“Con men” have reportedly been selling overpriced fuel on Facebook selling groups as panic-buying at the pumps continues to grip the country. The hysteria that began yesterday with people queueing for over 20 minutes to get their tanks filled, has left several petrol stations running out of fuel across Hull and East Yorkshire. Facebook users were horrified to wake up to posts of people reselling fuel at near extortionate prices on their newsfeeds today. Click here for more traffic and travel news. One user who came across the post said it was the work of a “con man”. Another added that the reason fuel was selling out in the first place was because 'selfish people were deciding to “stock-up on fuel”. (Image: Hull Live) This incident of manic purchasing has reminded many people of the “toilet-roll shortage crisis” that occurred during the first COVID-19 lockdown, where people falsely believed that toilet rolls would run out and began to stockpile on them, which in turn led to an actual shortage. The concern began when BP and Esso said they will be closing a “few locations” due a shortage in HGV drivers. This has prompted many people to fill up “just in case”. BP has since confirmed that they have only closed five of their “low-demand” locations on Thursday and 20 on Friday, out of a 1,200 locations nationwide. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now AA has said that any shortages that have occurred were a direct result of manic purchasing, and not because there is an actual supply chain issue. Edmund King, President of the AA, told BBC Breakfast the problem should pass in a few days if drivers just stuck to filling up when they needed it, adding “there is plenty of fuel at source” and that a shortage of lorry drivers had only been a “localised problem” earlier in the week. The government is calling for people to remain calm. They remind everyone that there would be no national shortage of fuel if everyone maintains their fuel buying habits and avoids “stocking up”. Tesco has also confirmed that they are not facing any permanent shortages at their pumps across the country. A Tesco spokeswoman said: “We have good availability of fuel, with deliveries arriving at our petrol filling stations across the UK every day.” Click here to sign up for Hull headlines direct to your email inbox. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Canc

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