The cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline caused Americans to start panicking in an attempt to stock up on gasoline in times of shortage. This widespread rush for pumps has left over 1,000 gas stations running out of fuel and people are getting creative in the way they store their gasoline.
On social media, photos and videos of people outside gas stations are circulating, including a viral video that prompted the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to tweet a blunt advice: “Don’t do not fill plastic bags with gasoline “.
In this particular video, a woman is seen filling what appear to be plastic grocery bags with fuel at a gas station and struggling to lift them into the trunk of her car. The video has millions of views, but there’s a catch: it has nothing to do with our current gas shortage situation.
The widely released video originated in December 2019, after it was taken and posted to Facebook by Jason Rudison with the caption: “Sorry for my bad video, but what the hell is this lady doing.”
The viral video hits the feeds every now and then during hurricane season, and now, as it reflects a few panic-stricken states running out of fuel, it has fooled many social media users into believing it ‘it is recent.
Recent or not, the video prompted the CPSC to give its opinion. “Use only approved fuel containers. Follow the gas canister manufacturer’s instructions for storing and transporting gasoline. When using a gas canister, never pour gasoline on or near it. with an open flame, ”he tweeted.
Other videos and photos of people refueling are circulating. Tiffany Wright of the American Automobile Association Carolinas told CNN that we are our own worst enemy in situations like this. She said: “People take their entire family fleet of vehicles to the gas station and refuel when they don’t need it.”
Other experts and officials are begging Americans not to hoard fuel. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey tweeted Tuesday: “Please don’t fill your car unless you need it and don’t fill multiple containers. An overreaction further creates a shortage. Please use common sense and patience! #Alpolitics. “
Even though the video itself isn’t recent, the advice prompted still is.
“We know it sounds simple,” the CPSC tweeted, “but when people are desperate they stop thinking clearly. They take risks that can have fatal consequences. If you know someone who is considering bringing a non-fuel container to get gasoline, let them know it’s dangerous. “