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Epilogue: remember Bob Oyster? He's the Shell station owner in San Francisco who jacked up his gas prices to protest what he considered Shell putting the squeeze on his profits. On his last day of owning the station, Oyster pulled his other card: he dropped the price of gas to $2.99 -- perhaps the lowest price in the entire Bay area. Oyster said he was going to pump at that price until he ran out of the 6,000 gallons in his tanks, and our tipster said there were cars lined up around the block. We don't imagine he had to wait too long for 'empty' to come. Today he hands the keys back over to Shell, and the saga comes to a close.

But remember a time -- not so long ago! -- when $2.99 for a gallon of gas was considered highway robbery?

Thanks for the tip, Patrick!

[Source: SF Gate]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I have never had to pay $2.99 for gas in my life (in the U.S., at least). During hurricane Katrina I had a full tank the entire time. It's currently $2.83 here in Greenville, SC.
      • 8 Years Ago

      Sarcasm aside, after doing all the currency conversions and litre-gallons conversions, here in Australia we pay US$4.20 per US gallon. It costs us anywhere between US$55 and US$70 to fill a tank.
      • 8 Years Ago
      In Atlanta, gas just went down this morning from 3.29 to 2.99. WHAT A RELIEF. WHAT IS GOING ON IN THESE OIL COMPANIES. I swear. if i was a billionaire for a day, i would buy All of atlanta free gas for a day. Im sure people would bring every empty container, kegs and all, to the pumps and fill up. then the pumps would be empty, and no one would get gas for about a week.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The comedian Kat Williams said recently that people now are making life and death decisions at the pump...pausing and thinking before they fill-up...have I eaten today? Which one will it be...lol

      I remember a few years ago when gas went up to $1.50-60 and that was considered high.

      I don't understand after decades of pretty stable gas prices here in the US, all of a sudden in the last 2 years things have just gone off the scale.

      In the early 90s I paid about $1.17 for gas just at the start of the Gulf War...ah those where the days.

      Our economy is not setup for these types of prices considering the size of our cities and the distances people need to drive in daily life. Anyone on here from North Texas knows exactly what I'm talking about.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Take THAT Shell!
      • 8 Years Ago
      What about $8.73 per US gallon? Considering GDP per capita here is 1/5 of US, effective value is $43.6. Moreover, I don't remember a time of cheap petrol, as it has never been the case. So you should stop whining and start walking, as we have to do.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Boy do i love subsidies...here in Malaysia, it's US$0.565 per litre, which is about US$2.14 per gallon, if my calculations are correct.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Gas was about $3 here when I got my current car, then it dropped for nearly a year and now its back where I started.
      $18 is nearly a full tank for me.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I still remember the time gas was like at $0.80

      oh blessed memories...
        • 8 Years Ago
        Me too and that was in High School.
        • 8 Years Ago
        when i started driving (in highschool) i was appalled when it went to $.99
      • 8 Years Ago
      Boy do i love subsidies...here in Malaysia, it's US$0.565 per litre, which is about US$2.14 per gallon, if my calculations are correct.

      To which I say TANSTAAFL (There ain't no such thing as a free lunch). Where do you think the money for those subsidies comes from? I'll take a wild guess and say some sort of Malaysian tax. It is a dumb system because the gov't is giving incentives through subsidies for wasteful practices of a finite resource. Iran and Venezuela do the same thing but to a much greater (i.e. dumber) degree.
      • 8 Years Ago
      But there are no high mileage cars here, besides the odd diesel VW.
      The price has tripled in the last six years, who's mileage has tripled in that period, maybe if you went from a 15mpg 'burban to a 45mpg prius.

      How many people are driving the same vehicle, and what kind of world was that vehicle designed for?[pissant 4 speed automatics, and $1.0, 1.1, 1.2 a gallon] Oh the torque converter doesn't need to lockup-fully or partially, below 40mph [there goes the city mileage]

      Gas up before you head into downtown Chicago $4.0 $4.1 $4.2, although a bit farther out $3.8 $3.9 $4.0
      • 8 Years Ago
      did you know that most of the united states gas come from canada(alberta)?

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