Gas station shuts pumps over prices

Guardian [UK]

05/25/07

Motorists pulled in to Harvey Pollack’s gas station Thursday, honked and gave him a thumbs-up — because he wasn’t selling any fuel. The owner of Towne Market Mobil in this suburb north of Milwaukee shut down his pumps for 24 hours, hoping to start a movement aimed at persuading oil companies to lower their prices. ‘Somebody out there is making money at these prices, but not me,’ said Pollack, 57. ‘So I just thought: What can I do to help the consumer?” … Maria McClory, 38, drove 10 miles out of her way to buy a diet soda from Pollack’s station after seeing local television coverage of the protest. ‘I just wanted to support them and thank them for making a statement,” said McClory, who drives about 100 miles a day for work in her sport utility vehicle. Other drivers were more skeptical. Jeff Bensman, 52, pulled in expecting to gas up his Honda sedan. He said he appreciated the protest but did not think it would make much difference...

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