A Midland petrol station opened late to help NHS staff fill up amid panic-buying – and was then forced to defend the move from criticism.
Chaddesley Fuel Station & Shop in Chaddesley Road, Kidderminster, usually closes at 9pm on Saturdays but stayed open until 10.30pm last night, September 25, so health workers could buy petrol and diesel.
But the bosses had to defend their plans after being hit with criticism that others could not take advantage of the service.
It comes as drivers have been facing long queues as they try to fill up, with some petrol stations running out of fuel due to panic-buying.
Customers have been told to avoid panic buying supplies as a shortage of HGV drivers threatens the supply chain.
Chaddesley Fuel Station & Shop posted on Facebook yesterday saying: “The garage will be staying open later this evening for NHS Staff only. From 9-10.30pm.
“You will need your NHS photo ID card before filling up. Thank you.”
The business was praised by hundreds of people online who shared the news.
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But the business owners were forced to defend their kind gesture after being hit with criticism online.
Some social media users asked the business about carers or people in “everyday jobs”.
Anita Nostud commented: “Some of us are private carers who actually take the pressure off NHS but we don’t have ID but nonetheless essential working with very vulnerable people in the community often in areas others won’t go …..l appreciate what you are doing l really do but we are extremely essential too.”
Mike Preece said: “What about your everyday customers.”
Sue Johnson added: “Is that fair, people need fuel to get to their jobs. To keep the roof over their head. How about you stop letting people fill up and only allow a certain amount then everybody can get fuel and I know you can do that as I’ve worked in fuel stations. Its not just the NHS that needs to get to work.”
Chaddesley Fuel Station & Shop posted later adding: “WE DO APPRECIATE ALL ESSENTIAL WORKERS AND ARE OPEN AS USUAL FOR EVERYONE. THE EXTRA HOUR OR SO THIS EVENING IS FOR NHS, EMERGENCY SERVICES, CARE WORKERS WITH ID BADGES.
“I’m sorry we can’t accommodate everyone during these later hours.”
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