Irony alert: California drivers have been hit so hard by the surge in gasoline prices that some are running out of gas -- on purpose -- and waiting for a tow truck to show up with some free go-juice courtesy their roadside assistance programs. In effect, they're running out of gas in order to save some.
In many cases, roadside assist services provide just one free gallon of fuel, which means that people are hanging out on shoulders of many California roadways for hours (a less-than-safe practice) in order to save a few bucks.
[Source: Reuters via CNN]
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