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    Free Gas Sets Off Crashes in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE - Two car crashes occurred and four people were arrested in excitement over a gasoline giveaway Wednesday to reward the city for its safe-driving record.

    For the most part, hundreds of drivers waited patiently for hours for about $30 worth of free gasoline each that Allstate Insurance provided at one station.

    However, some motorists started lining up before midnight and the queue stretched far from the station into a residential area, trapping some residents in their driveways, said police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz.

    That led to fights and arrests for disorderly conduct. In one case, three officers were sent to a hospital as a precaution because they were spattered with blood from someone's bloodied nose, Schwartz said.

    The two crashes apparently occurred when queued-up motorists tried to let friends into line, Schwartz said.

    "Any time you offer free gas when it is $3 a gallon, it is not surprising people would get excited," she said.

    Allstate gave away a tanker truck load of gasoline as a reward to Milwaukee for ranking No. 1 among mid-sized cities on its safe drivers list. The insurance company gave free gas to more than 700 motorists, said company official Bill Mellander.

    The giveaway lasted a couple of hours, Schwartz said.

    Clarence Jefferson said he thought he'd be first in line when he got there at 4 a.m. _ but found hundreds of others already ahead of him. Pumps were turned on at about 6 a.m.

    "It doesn't matter," he said. "It helps. Every bit is worth it."

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    Re: Free Gas Sets Off Crashes in Milwaukee

    To me, doing something like that is REALLY stupid! Why not give out gas vouchers instead of having people wait in line starting before 4:00 in the morning?
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    Re: Free Gas Sets Off Crashes in Milwaukee

    "shockzilla" wrote:
    To me, doing something like that is REALLY stupid! Why not give out gas vouchers instead of having people wait in line starting before 400 in the morning?
    It would make to much sense to do it the right way. It is Wisconsin remember.

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    Re: Free Gas Sets Off Crashes in Milwaukee

    They do this thing in Chi-Town on a radio station where it has a "free gas friday" and theres a random location and they give out gass for a 130.5 mintues and there has been several accidents in that incidents too. Yet they still do it.....



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    Re: Free Gas Sets Off Crashes in Milwaukee

    It's amazing how people will sell themselves out for a few gallons of free gas!

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    Re: Free Gas Sets Off Crashes in Milwaukee

    I like how it was a reward for safe driving and it leads to accidents, you just can't make that up.
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    Re: Free Gas Sets Off Crashes in Milwaukee

    "DarrinNelsonguy" wrote:
    I like how it was a reward for safe driving and it leads to accidents, you just can't make that up.
    Only in Wisconsin.

    I can see the executives at Allstate now:

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    Re: Free Gas Sets Off Crashes in Milwaukee

    "shockzilla" wrote:
    "DarrinNelsonguy" wrote:
    I like how it was a reward for safe driving and it leads to accidents, you just can't make that up.
    Only in Wisconsin.

    I can see the executives at Allstate now:

    "Oops."
    Surprised no druken fights broke out as well :lol:
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    Re: Free Gas Sets Off Crashes in Milwaukee

    "shockzilla" wrote:
    "DarrinNelsonguy" wrote:
    I like how it was a reward for safe driving and it leads to accidents, you just can't make that up.
    Only in Wisconsin.

    I can see the executives at Allstate now:

    "Oops."
    Couldn't Allstate seet his coming? What did they expect? Folks would just drive by and say"Oh, free gas. I wonder if we should get some?"

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    Re: Free Gas Sets Off Crashes in Milwaukee

    "Redrouster" wrote:
    "shockzilla" wrote:
    "DarrinNelsonguy" wrote:
    I like how it was a reward for safe driving and it leads to accidents, you just can't make that up.
    Only in Wisconsin.

    I can see the executives at Allstate now

    "Oops."
    Couldn't Allstate seet his coming? What did they expect? Folks would just drive by and say"Oh, free gas. I wonder if we should get some?"
    They were looking for a reason to raise people's rates.

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