2007 version of familiar 'Gas Out' chain letter urges U.S. drivers to boycott gas stations on May 15 to 'put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry.'
Description: Protest chain letter / Hoax
Circulating since: April 2007 (this version)
Status: False / Ineffectual
See also: Don't Pump Gas on April 15
Email text contributed by Donna M., April 25, 2007:
FW: Don't pump gas May 15th 2007
NO GAS...On May 15th 2007
Don't pump gas on may 15th
In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.
On May 15th 2007, all internet users are to not go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places.
There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the internet network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up.
If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companies pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on May 15th and let's try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day.
If you agree (which I can't see why you wouldn't) resend this to all your contact list. With it saying, "Don't pump gas on May 15th"
2007 Gas Boycott Results: The figures are in, and by all accounts the May 15, 2007 Internet gas boycott fizzled. Service station operators across the U.S. reported normal or near-normal sales despite the wide circulation of an email calling for drivers to avoid the pumps in a one-day "gas out" protesting high fuel prices. Read more...
2012 Update: As of March 2012, a new version of this message urging a one-day gasoline boycott on April 15, 2012 is circulating via social media. Read more...
Last updated: 03/27/12