Some great comments about panic buyers of petrol on the BBC NEWS | Have Your Say | Have you been buying extra petrol? page. This one caught my eye:
The panic buying is typical of the stupidity of an increasing number of people in this country – nobody has threatened to blockade fuel depots and the country has sufficient reserves but still the idiots keep topping up their tanks! Do they not realise that their actions, not the supply chain, is causing stations to run dry! Ridiculous
Actually, people today are no more stupid than they were years ago. I distinctly remember in the 1970′s, as a wee boy, panic buying of salt (leading to empty supermarket shelves) because "the Siberian salt mines were shut". The only problem was that Britain didn’t get any salt from Siberia. The story was completely false.