Shell National Day Promotion

August 9, 2009 at 18:41 1 comment

While driving past this Shell petrol station on Yio Chu Kang Road today,

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Mr. Manx and I couldn’t help but notice the long queue of vehicles leading up to it.

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It went on…

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And on… 

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Right up to the intersection with Jalan Kayu… there may have been even more behind; I couldn’t see, so I don’t know.

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Oh, and people were even trying to U-turn to cut into the middle of it, which is simply begging for an accident to happen, in my point of view.

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A queue of this proportion, one would normally expect to find that the country had finally been boycotted by all oil-exporting nations. However, this IS National Day. And Sunday. So we figured out that there must be some extraordinary promotion going on, and were proved right by a radio ad announcing that Shell was celebrating the country’s 44th by giving 44 cents off every litre of petrol and diesel from 4 – 5p.m. 

Well, good for Shell, but ARRRRRGHHHH!!! How come so many people have that much time to queue for petrol? How much petrol are they gonna burn just by queueing up? How can each station finish that many vehicles in one hour? How do the folks at the tail of the queue even tell what they’re queueing up for?

Just to give you a clearer idea, here’s a trail I marked on Google Maps, showing, in red, the length of the line between the Shell station and the intersection with Jalan Kayu.

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The distance calculator showed that this trail occupies roughly 1.1 kilometres. Ootz. Estimating that one vehicle takes up maybe four metres of space, there may have been something like >250  of them at this one station. And the Shell website lists 65 stations in the country. Wowee. Wouldn’t it be nice to be the boss of Shell today.

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  • 1. zensojourner  |  August 10, 2009 at 06:19

    So Singaporean isn’t it?


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