A woman in Stockport is trying to sell ten litres of petrol on Facebook for £50, sparking disgust.
The money-spinning idea pitched the price of the fuel at four times the cost at the pumps.
She shared a post to a local Stockport community Facebook group with a photo of two petrol cans.
The lady messaged: ’10L. e10 petrol. Collection from Romiley. £50 Ono. Cans not included but can fill up on collection.’
But the pitch prompted ire among the locals in the community group.
One raged ‘Is this a wind up?’ before the post was taken down again.
It is not clear whether it was deleted because of the response or because she had completed a sale.
The Facebook post has now been deleted but offered the petrol up at a heft profit
Long lines of vehicles have formed at many gas stations around Britain since Friday
A closed down petrol station is pictured in central London today as the fuel crisis continues
The fuel crisis in Britain has sparked a major political crisis as long queues for petrol and £30 rationing was imposed in some areas to keep the pumps flowing.
Boris Johnson has been urged to stop ‘hiding away’ and address the nation as his own MPs slammed his decision not to bring in soldiers to deliver fuel immediately to ‘regain public confidence’.
With no sign of the Prime Minister, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today had to step up and claimed the pressure on filling stations is beginning to ease and insisted the Army would remain on standby despite admitting the queues will not ease yet.
‘There are now the first very tentative signs of stabilisation in forecourt storage which won’t be reflected in the queues as yet,’ he said’, adding: ‘But it is the first time that we have seen more petrol actually in the petrol stations. The sooner we can all return to our normal buying habits, the sooner the situation will return to normal.’ As one driver was seen filling mineral water bottles with petrol, he said: ‘No more water bottles at petrol stations: it’s dangerous and not helpful’.
The crisis shows no sign of abating today as drivers again queued through the night and new video has emerged of two men punching and kicking each other across a London Shell station in a row about whose turn it was to fill up. Two women yelling ‘what the f*** are you doing’ broke up the punch-up as one of the fighters pointed at his foe and yelled: ‘He stole my place’.
Amid widespread scenes of enormous queueing across Britain’s forecourts, footage emerged of a man holding what appears to be a knife shouting at a driver outside a petrol station in Welling, south east London. The video then shows the car ramming into the alleged knifeman, who is then carried for several yards on the bonnet. uuuuuu
Two men brawling at a London petrol station after one accused the other of jumping the queue for fuel
Ascot high street is blocked with cars quitting to get petrol at one of the only fuel stations in the area. Customers are limited to £30 per car
The high street in Ascot was blocked in rush hour this morning after one petrol station in the area got a delivery of fuel
Met Police say officers had been called at 2.37pm on Monday to a disturbance in Bellegrove Road, Welling, but ‘no trace’ of either vehicle was found. No injuries were reported and no suspects have been identified.
And it is proving so difficult to get fuel, thieves have been siphoning it from cars, sometimes drilling into the petrol tank, Shadrack Olaloko, from Birmingham, said: ‘What these guys did was they came and drained out all my fuel in the tank’.
The brawls broke out as motorists reported queues at 11pm, 3am and 5.30am across the UK as the Government was accused of being ‘asleep at the wheel’ and critics questioned claims within Whitehall that the crisis will be over within two to three days.
Mike Granatt, former head of Britain’s civil contingencies secretariat, the section of the Cabinet Office responsible for emergency planning in the UK, said today that the Prime Minister should give a TV press conference on the fuel crisis, as Tony Blair did in 2000. He said: ‘It’s called leadership. And we need some. Someone needs to stand up and say this to people rather than hide away’.
Tobias Ellwood, chair of Parliament’s Defence Committee, has said the army should be mobilised, not just put on standby, to ‘regain public confidence’ and stop the fuel crisis.
The Conservative MP told Sky News: ‘The country wants to see the Government is in command and it has a clear cross-Whitehall plan. We have gone from 1% fuel pump shortages to 90% so altering people’s buying behaviour to prevent the panic buying and going back to previous purchasing patterns requires regaining the confidence of the nation.
‘I believe the army should not just be put on standby but in fact mobilised, be seen to be used. That will help ease the pressure on shortages of course, it will return public confidence, and then on top of that there is the bigger issue about articulating a clear strategy to alleviate the chronic shortage of lorry drivers.’
Such is the panic at the pumps, hundreds more people than usual have been filling up on the wrong fuel. Around 250 flustered drivers have had to be rescued by the AA’s specialist ‘fuel assist’ team on Saturday and Sunday – compared to around 20 in normal circumstances. One tanker driver told LBC that even they are struggling for fuel because they are spending so much time in queues with drivers also blocking access to HGV pumps. An industry source said while the claim could be ‘credible’, it is likely to be an isolated incident.
Danny Altmann, professor of immunology at Imperial College London, said Britain’s petrol stations had becoming the ‘Wild West’ after he queued for fuel only for it to sell out before everyone got to the pumps. He said: ‘Man behind me was furious and started punching the guard’, adding it ‘became a melee of 8-10 men on the ground, punching and kicking’.