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People Power

09/13/05

Permalink 08:30:10 pm, by Melba
Categories: Commentary

People Power

Recently, the rising cost of gasoline has been a major cause for concern to every Jamaican. It would appear that the pricing process goes through several additions before the final price reaches the consumer. First the refineries purchases crude oil from overseas processes it then sells to the marketing companies such as Shell, Petcom, Texaco, Total and Esso. These marketers then add their mark up which if rumors are to be believed can range up to 30 percent. The gas is then sold to the dealers who also add their markup before the final price is set.

Follow up:

Today I received an email with a suggestion to combat the rising gas prices which I thought was worth passing on. I have no idea who came up with the suggestion but I do believe it could work if we all give it a try.
The suggestion is that for the rest of this year, no one purchases any gasoline from one of the biggest marketing company, Shell. If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. It they reduce their prices; the other companies will be forced to follow suit.
Talk about simple people power. In the originators words, “we need to take aggressive action to teach them that buyers control the marketplace, not sellers”. For this to work effectively we need to get every Jamaican involve (absolutely no politics). The originator further explained that if every one of us told ten friends who in turn each told ten friends we could have three million people informed in 8 days if each person passed the word within one day of receipt.
This sure beats blocking the roads. The goal is to hold out until they lower their prices to the $40.00 range and keep them down. All you have to do is tell 10 friends and DON’T BUY GASOLINE from Shell. That’s all.
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The Small Sandal Shop

A married couple was on holiday in Jamaica. They were touring around the marketplace looking at the goods when they passed this small sandal shop.

From inside they heard the shopkeeper with a Jamaican accent say, "You!

Foreigners! Come in, come into my humble shop."

So the married couple walked in.

The Jamaican said to them, "I have some special sandals I think you would be interested in. They make you wild at sex."

Well, the wife was really interested in buying the sandals after what the man claimed, but her husband felt he really didn't need them, being the sex god he was.

The husband asked the man, "How could sandals make you into a sex freak?"

The Jamaican replied, "Just try them on."

Well, the husband, after some badgering from his wife, finally gave in, and tried them on. As soon as he slipped them onto his feet, he got this wild look in his eyes, something his wife hadn't seen in many years!

In the blink of an eye, the husband grabbed the Jamaican, bent him

violently over a table, yanked down his pants, ripped down his own pants,and grabbed a firm hold of the Jamaican's hips.

The Jamaican then began screaming; "YOU GOT THEM ON THE WRONG FEET!!!"

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