Following backlash to the Government’s rise on fuel tax, we were advised to take our jerry cans and stockpile fuel in preparation for the possible tanker strike over Easter.
MM wanted to know if the people of Manchester threw caution to the wind and did as they were told, asking:
Did you panic buy petrol?
Gemma Merna, 37, a nurse from Bramhall, said: “I wanted to get fuel last night but the petrol station I went to had closed, probably because of all the fuss.”
Abdul Ibrahim, 65, a taxi driver from Longsight, said: “I went to get some petrol last yesterday afternoon, but they had closed because of the trouble. I now have barely any left and I’m worried I might not be able to get any today, which is a problem for me.”
Alex Kinnock, 19, a student from Fallowfield, said: “There’s so much fuss over nothing, there will be fuel about, the government have panicked people completely unnecessarily.”
Sam Turner, 22, a builder from Stockport, said: “The queues put me off from getting any. I would have been there all night.”
Charlotte Dexter-Smith, 27, a medical student from Wilmslow, said: “I don’t drive but if I did I wouldn’t panic buy. It’s quite irresponsible for a minister to have said what he did, what about the fire hazard of people keeping all that petrol in their houses? You’d think they’d know better.”
Samira Jebreel, 18, a student from Moss Side, said: “I don’t have a car, but even if I did I wouldn’t be panic-buying, if I couldn’t get to work and college I’d be happy to take the day off. It’s not my problem!”