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February 8, 2010

Getting gas a good thing

No price gouging reported during ice storm

Drivers apparently didn’t mind waiting in line for hours to fill their gas tanks and jugs at three specific places after the Jan. 28 ice storm, the staff and store managers put aside their own needs to help their neighbors.

Gina’s Buzz-Thru in Marlow, Hop & Sack in Comanche and Edgewood Kwik Mart, west of Comanche, were overrun with customers wanting fuel and hot food.

At Gina’s, the small family business worked together to keep those lines rolling.

To keep things working, the small convenience store had generators powering lights, including two outdoor spot lights. While two people were out by the gas pumps writing down the fuel sales, more were indoor working, assisting customers.

“They were lined up to Main Street and around. We had two people running gas and registers. We filled up five of those sheets pretty fast. Some people were running out of gas while they waited in line,” he said. “But we didn’t have any fights.”

Last Monday business was still going strong, yet around noon, Davis said it appeared to be slowing down some since other fuel suppliers were opening their doors.

“A lot of people are wanting hot foods and we have had a good rotation of stock. Cigarettes went pretty good, some were buying four or five packs at a time. Most everyone has been calm and collective. They want coffee. A lot of the people were really appreciative. We didn’t go up and we used a lot of diesel in our generators,” Don Davis said.

Something he did enjoy hearing were the “We appreciate you, and God bless you,” he said.

“Some people just were hanging around to get warm and a lot of people left change as tips.”

Edgewood Kwik Mart in Comanche was another store providing the need for the demand of fuel.

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