Spirits grew as the queues grew longer at Richmond gas stations over the weekend.
Inderjit Singh, a Mobil staff member on Route 3, says some customers got angry with him and his colleagues when they refused to fill a customer’s vehicle beyond 30 liters.
Last week, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnwoth announced that the public was limited to 30 liters per visit to ensure enough fuel is reserved for essential service vehicles while supply lines are restored to the following devastating floods.
To enforce the restriction, some Lower Mainland gas stations have set their pumps to automatically turn off after 30 liters, while others simply rely on the honor system.
In Richmond, however, where there are no self-serve gas stations, it is up to the station attendants to ensure the restrictions are followed.
“Some people just weren’t aware of the new rule, so they questioned us, asking why they could only get 30 liters,” Singh said.
While most drivers accept the restriction, others have become enraged – and sometimes aggressive.
On Saturday, Henry Yao, MPP for Richmond South Center, posted on his personal Facebook page that he had seen Esso Canada employees, on Westminster Highway and Garden City Road, being abused by customers while on the road. tail.
“Service station attendants are under great pressure to enforce the rules to ensure emergency and essential services have the gas they need. However, gas station attendants are humans and they do our society a great service, ”Yao wrote on his Facebook page.
“Please be kind, respectful and patient with them. ”