Bob Owens

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Insanity: A New York state of mind

Written By: Bob - Nov• 05•12

This is utterly absurd:

A Staten Island man was arrested after he was caught hoarding gas after he filled up 30 five-gallon buckets with fuel from a station in upstate Orange. The man intended to bring the buckets of gas back to his Richmond Hill neighborhood where neighbors desperately needed it for cars and generators.

A man traveled a minimum of a good two hours away—four hours round trip, perhaps more under current conditions—in order to get gas for his neighbors, and has been treated like a criminal in return.

Somebody needs to slap some sense into the cops and public officials in New York. A man was arrested for doing what the state failed to do.

This is madness.

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  1. Mister_V says:

    What was the charge? I think there’s a federal law on the books limiting how much of any flammable/explosive material can be carried in a non-hazmat vehicle at any one time. I think it’s something like 440lbs, but don’t quote me on that. A gallon weighs about 8lbs, so 40lbs per bucket times 30 buckets works out to about 1200lbs of gasoline. It’s still a lousy situation in New York, but the arrest may be a public safety issue.

  2. Junk Science Skeptic says:

    Gas is 6# per gallon (water is 8#), limit is 600# without placards, violation is a ticket, not arrest.

  3. Steve Skubinna says:

    If people arrogantly assume the legitimate responsibilities of government and attempt to be self reliant, then where will we be?

    Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!

  4. rumcrook says:

    he was arrested for infringing on the authorities job and embarassing them.

    in other words just because we’re not going to do it doesnt mean we are gonna let you get away with doing it.

    government hates competition,,,,

    it alines perfectly with the notion of being helpless in any possibly life threatening situation, many government toadies absolutely seeth at the idea, the notion, that you have a right to protect yourself or be self suficient or self determinant in any capacity.

  5. melensdad says:

    I believe the actual crime committed was using NON-GOVERNMENT APPROVED containers. If the guy would have used actual, DOT approved gas cans then it would have been legal.

  6. Steven says:

    This is utter and complete BULLSH*T. What crime did he commit!?

    I wanted to leave a comment, but I guess the article won’t let us.

  7. redc1c4 says:

    hauling gasoline around in 5 gallon buckets, even metal ones like you might use for oil paint, is an explosion and fire waiting to happen.

    he may have meant well, but what he was doing was dangerously stupid.

  8. redc1c4 says:

    my question is, why doesn’t the Guard run a Hemmet fueler into the town and gas everyone up? that’s easy peasy. take another Hemmet of MRE’s. one of water and a truck with medics & supplies, and you’re actually doing the j*b.

    which, i guess, is why they aren’t doing that. idiots.