Corvette Forum : DigitalCorvettes.com Corvette Forums banner
1 - 13 of 13 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
9,731 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·


Gas station owner Harvey Pollack says he'd probably lose about $1,500 by shutting off his pumps for a day.

MEQUON, Wisconsin (AP) -- Motorists pulled in to Harvey Pollack's gas station, 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 convincing 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?" (Watch the finger pointing over soaring gas prices )

Yellow caution tape surrounded Pollack's six idle pumps for his protest, which drew dozens of drivers. One in a green minivan rolled down her window and shouted "Thank you!"

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.

"Most other places are going to be open in the area," he said.

Jack Sobczak, general sales manager for Lakeside Oil Co., a contracted Mobil distributor that supplies Pollack's station, said Bensman was probably right: "The demand will just move down the street to the next Mobil station."

Pollack and station general manager John Schwartz agreed to experiment with a pump shutdown after an Internet-based push for a one-day gas boycott went largely unheeded last week.

"Somebody's got to be the first to try this," Schwartz said.

The Mequon station sells about 3,500 gallons of gas a day, Pollack said. He estimated the station would lose only $1,500 on the protest because some losses in gas would be made up by people buying convenience store items or more gas on Friday.

Pollack, who also owns a Milwaukee title insurance agency, said he bought the gas station in 2003 as an investment but he has not turned a profit in 30 months because gas margins are razor thin and he cannot sell enough volume to compensate.

Pollack said he has virtually no control over the price he charges for gas. The company usually makes 8 to 12 cents per gallon after suppliers' prices and credit card fees. On Wednesday -- the day before the protest -- that added up to $3.49 for a gallon of unleaded gas. (Watch what you can do to save at the pump)

Schwartz called that "outrageous" and said even he can't fill up his SUV at that price.

"If it keeps going like this, my kids will never be able to afford to drive," said Schwartz, who has an 18-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter.

The protest came as several Wisconsin service stations announced they would no longer sell gas because they make little or no profit on it after they pay wholesalers, credit card fees and taxes. They said they would focus on auto repairs instead.

CNN
 

·
Caution: Car melts in Rain
Joined
·
4,151 Posts
good for him, i wish every station would do this. didnt the oil drum drop down in price? what do the corps think that we'll just get used to $3.50+ a gallon?
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
2,069 Posts
Unfortnately, yes they do expect us to get used to it. That's the reason for the 2 steps forward, 1 back pricing over the last two years. Everyone is so happy when gas drops a fraction of what it currently is and forgets about the gouging. Then, a silly weather report or some obscure country shuts down a refinery and it's up again, more than before. It'll keep going on like this for the duration.Period. They've seen they can do it, now they'll do it forever, or until we run our cars on something else.
 

·
DC Crew
Joined
·
4,825 Posts
He's not the first...I just read a story very similar to this a couple of days ago. The other owner couldn't afford to stay open without hiking his prices (which he didn't want to do) and decided to concentrate on the auto repair side of his shop.
 

·
Only green will do...
Joined
·
18,403 Posts
how high will it go enough allready with these prices.
 

·
Certified Stalker
Joined
·
4,077 Posts
*rant on*

Gas prices will continuously climb until the United States stops using fossil fuels to power the transportation infrastructure; end of story. Complain all you want, the oil companies don't give a darn because you still buy the gas. As for me, I won't complain, I'm going to buy an older diesel suburban (pref a bit of a rust-bucket 4WD) and make bio-diesel for it. I have the facilities to automate the process, so all I'll have to do is collect oil every week (living near a college campus makes that very easy).

*rant off*

flame away,
Henry
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,092 Posts
A local station by me did that 2 weeks ago. Not sure if he's back open for gas, but he made our local news.
 

·
DC Pit Crew
Joined
·
11,957 Posts
i bet in the long run he ends up making money off this deal...made the local news and internet...if you shop at the station across the street and see him "protesting" where you going to stop the next time to support him....wise business choice
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,266 Posts
what do the corps think that we'll just get used to $3.50+ a gallon?
Think of it this way. Crack addicts don't boycott their dealers. Alcoholics don't boycott bars. Same concept with most of us and gasoline.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,232 Posts
people in europe pay just as much for gas as we do, only by the liter...so we dont really dont have much room to complain. although i still will because i have very little income :laughing: at least my car is fuel efficient.
 
1 - 13 of 13 Posts
Top