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PEOPLE STILL GETTING ALL WORKED UP OVER GAS AND GRIDLOCK, FORGETTING THEY JUST SURVIVED A HURRICANE
November 1 2012
New York, NY – The people of New York and New Jersey are not what most people would describe as polite and patient, on the whole. Perhaps owing the sheer number of people who live in that area, or perhaps owing to some other complex dynamic in the makeup of the people in the region, patience and suffering fools is not an attribute most people have in that area.
That is certainly on display right now as the region continues to try to get back to some sense of normalcy in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, something that has been very hard because of the volume of damage in the area, something many feel is being exacerbated by local governments.
In particular, long lines for gas and gridlock tied to carpooling restrictions imposed by the Mayor of New York have driven many in the region to even more frustration, causing many to lose their cool because they just tend to lose their cool, in general, and they seem to have already forgotten that they just survived a hurricane, a hurricane, seriously.
“I don't have any lights and need this gasoline for my generator,” said one local.
“You're waiting in line for five friggin’ gallons of gas!” said another.
To help alleviate the lineups and the frustration, officials have temporarily suspended restrictions tied gas purchases by filling stations.
Restrictions on carpooling, in which Mayor Bloomberg has ordered people travel together to reduce congestion, show no signs of being relaxed.
That has become a problem because of enforcement of the rule which is forcing every car to stop and be inspected, which does seem pretty silly.
“Obviously people are stressed and the troubles that they are encountering right now are only exacerbating the issue for many of them. Couple that with the general disposition of many in the region and you have an environment rife with potential trouble, one that could explode at any second, because of course people have already forgotten that they just survived a hurricane. People in that region also suffer from short memories in general,” said Scrape TV American analyst Dave Davidson. “They just need to calm down though. It’s going to take a little while before they have their cell phones charged and their iPads up and running. People need to just relax a little and think about what they didn’t lose ahead of what they did, or not, I don’t know, I don’t live there.”
Some gas stations are also suffering from lack of power which is required for actually pumping gas so that’s not helping.
“This whole thing is going to take a few days to get worked out and people just need to accept that. It’s going to take a few days before the whole city and the states get the televisions and computers back up and running and that’s just the way it’s going to be, whether they like it or not,” continued Davidson. “Well, obviously they don’t like it but they would be angry if everything was fine. This is New York after all, this is just the thing they are complaining about right now but it could be anything.”
For the most part officials are trying to tell people to just chill, which they aren’t of course.
Mike Michaels, American Correspondent