• Jun 29, 2008
If you think that gas prices are high in the U.S., consider that the average price for a gallon of gas in Germany is $9.40. Yikes. Since the record high prices in the States are causing some people to change their lifestyles, imagine how Europeans feel. Bet they're pretty upset, right? One man was ticked off enough to send his 1995 BMW 3 Series out in a blaze of glory. That's right, after parking the Bimmer on the lawn of the Convention Center in Frankfurt, he doused the car in gasoline and torched it in protest of high gasoline prices.
The car was already nice and crispy by the time firefighters arrived. At this point, the local authorities are still considering what, if anything, to charge the man with. Interestingly, various environmental laws were likely broken which could send the perpetrator to jail for up to five years.

[Source: AP via WIBW.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Ron White: "You can't fix stupid."
      • 6 Years Ago
      How stupid can you get(!). The only one hurt by this guy's protest is the man himself. What? Does he think burning his BMW will make some gas company LOWER their prices? What an idiot.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Totally agree. And what's more, this BMW isn't exactly the biggest gas-guzzler, and he can always switch to public transport anyways, and he can probably get quite a few bus rides if he actually sold the car (not to mention the now "astronomical" sums needed to buy the petrol needed to douse the car to burn it)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Europeans are not anti the US per se, just making comparisons. We know the two communities have evolved differently to reach the present situation.

      The point is - where do we all go from here?
      The ostrich position is no longer viable.

      By the way, I think the subsidised oil of China and India et al is unsustainable and soon they too will have their own very nasty oil related consequences.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish I could tank my car for 3-4 USD a gallon.
      In Slovakia the prices are the same like in Germany but the salaries not even half of that. So imagine that 9USD fuel with 700-800 USD salary...
        • 6 Years Ago
        So from that nice looking 1000 Usd (gross) it's good that will stay cca 700 USD/month NET.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i wish i could fill up for $3-$4/gallon too! i pay $5/gallon and drive ~300miles/week while making 900/month. oh wait we're quite similar.

        dont give me this americans have cheaper fuel bs because its getting quite old. yes as americans we might be paying a little less than our european cousins, but thats because we're using straight conversion rates. the euro has gained on the USD again this week and its now 1 Euro = 1.58 USD. as we all know, we cant simply convert prices using standard conversion rates, many factors need to also be taken into account or else european imports to america would be extremely expensive.

        lets put it into something we can all understand. a BMW 335i in germany has an MSRP of 41,000 Euros while a 335i in america (yes they might be differently equipped but im just using this as an example) goes for 39,300 MSRP. if we use straight conversion rates an american would be paying 64,728 for a 335i in germany. case in point, we cant simply use conversion rates for everything, as you can see using straight conversion rates simply dont work and usually come out to an outrageous number.

        also you have to take into account the taxes on the fuel you europeans pay. in california there is an excise tax of something like 15cents/gallon, and a normal tax of 8.25% on the final price, which pales into comparison of the VAT that you europeans pay
        • 6 Years Ago
        I still don't quite get this European income indication- is that weekly? gross? net?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Next time, for the un-initiated, make sure you write it's per month.

        So, G-meister, Slovak gross average montly income is 20,146.00 SKK, that equals, = 1,049.60 USD. Tax is flat 19% applicable to about 2/3 of the salary. Few more percents are knock off for medical and social insurance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It seems that Europeans manufacturer are doing all the possible efforts to produce cars with better mileage and to reduce the total gas consumption. This happens because in Europe fuel is extremely high-priced (almost the double than in USA), because of taxes.
      In Europe only super-riches can afford a big-engined car, because of the high price of the car and of the fuel, but in the States almost everyone can afford a car with a V8 engine that uses more gas than a merchant ship. Does America really need to be that "popular"? What about producing less cheap V8 cars and trucks or charge higher taxes on fuel? It may worry some consumers, but for sure it would help to reduce the chronic oil addiction of the country; it would help to reduce the huge foreign commerce deficit (moreover, oil dollars finance terrorism); it would help to lower CO2 emissions; it would boost the efforts in R&D of American car manufacturers; it would give the nation some additional money (enough to pay an eventual public health service).
      In a nutshell, it would help to have a more efficient allocation of scarce resources. But it comes at a cost: consumers would have to change their habits; it may be seen as a sacrifice, but compared to the eventual benefits, doesn't seem that hurting...

      America, do you need prices to rise until 10$ per gallon to understand that?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Americans will never accept this alteration of lifestyle.

        Why you think the Neocons want to bomb Iran? Because of the nukes? Of course not! For the same reason they bombed Iraq (Euro, oil).

        The dollar is near collapse and that's why the oil has risen to $143/barrel. And not because of supply and demand.

        The US will face hyperinflation like post-World War 1 Weimar Republic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Next Vic'll want me to register my guns.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nassos- they're accepting it
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ jv2k

        -With "popular" I meant that there isn't a specific policy to avoid a wide diffusion of cars and trucks with a big engine, wich use lot of gas and increase pollution more than necessary. Taxes would be a possible solution, because through them it is possible to redistribute resources and regulate the demand through market mechanisms. Big engine should be available only to a few people, and (it's sad to admit) the only way to do this is to rise prices through taxes until only a few people can afford a gass-guzzler car.
        -About worrying consumers, I think there is no other way. They're actually consuming more than they should, so a governative intervent would be impopular but necessary.
        -Transports on wheels actually takes the bigger part of oil consumption.
        -The gap between the big three and Japanese/European companies (not every company) in terms of fuel efficiency is quite relevant.
        -The American public should become aware that it's privileged and this privilege doesn't have any reasonable economic explanation.
        • 6 Years Ago
        We're all dead anyway. We just don't know it yet. It's just a toss-up as to what gets us all first. Greenhouse effect?, Terrorism?, Overpopulation?, or some run-a-mock germ warfare? Hey, nukes can't be all THAT bad 'eh?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gas costs the same pretty much around the world. Its the tax regime that differs (from punative in the EU to rebates in China). I dont see you Europeans panning $0.68 gas in the UAE.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you really think about it, Its quite an expense to just burn your car down nowadays.... lets see, 5 gals at $9.70 thats $47 to burn your car down.
      • 6 Years Ago
      read about that in the newspaper. they say he quit his job because he couldn't afford the daily commute anymore. and after a few weeks of unemployment he decided to burn the car...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Anger management ISSUES.

        Thats not a protest, thats a temper tantrum.




        • 6 Years Ago
        I think gas prices are the least of his issues.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dummkopf!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      By the way pal (aka idiot) next time you feel like burning a BMW, send it to me. I'll gladly take it off your hands(!).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh, he could've at least sold his car to buy petrol ;D
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gas went from 4 Euro per gallon to about 6 Euro in the recent years. In the Sates , it went from $1.50 to $4.50.
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