Thursday, June 01, 2006

Protest against Big Oil (Shell)

Boycott Shell

Defiant gas dealer battling Big Oil Goliath in protest:

Mehdi Shahbazi is/was a gasoline dealer that is battling Shell because he didn't want to take down signs he posted on his station reading "Consumers' pain is Big Oil's unearned profit! To oppose it see cashier.''
Of course Shahbazi says it's free speech, Shell says it's against franchise contract to disparage your franchise. Then his station was getting upgraded but after the changes Shell contractors didn't take down the fence and Shell hasn't been bringing gas to the station so he's been living off the store there selling chips, soda and stuff.
Their first fray seems to have been back in the early '90s when Shell instituted "zone pricing" meaning that the more profit you make the more they charge you, more like price fixing (greedy bastards). No I'm not against profits, any company should be profitable but this is too much, it seems they're trying to get rid of the "middle man" by penalizing them in eating much of the profits if the station is selling more.

As a sign of support I'll refrain from getting gas from Shell (like it matters). I'll make sure I get it from independent dealers first before going to the Big Oil, and Shell will not be even on the list.
Personally I'm sick of paying high gas prices that's why our travels this year will be limited to closer places and I'm sure a lot of people will be doing the same thing. BBQ in the backyard is great with friends and family, no need to go to Vegas, Reno, Tahoe, Out of State, or any so called "fun" places it's all a matter of perspective right. Just pop open a bottle of wine or a bottle of beer and enjoy the sun ;)

Fight The Power!


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