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People Power


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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"Recently, this Jamaican won the 10 million special lottery for a dollar. As soon as the office of the Lottery Corporation was open on the following day, he was there to collect his winnings.

Graciously, he presented his winning ticket to the clerk and in his best English uttered his request "Me cum fi collect the 10 millian dallars, si me ticket ya".

After reviewing and checking the ticket with his manager, the clerk returned and requested on how he would like his payments. The Jamaican replied "Mi wan all a de moni now". "Unfortunately, Sir" the nervous clerk responded, "The procedures are that we can only give you one million now and the balance equally over the next 20 years".

Furious and agitated, the Jamaican asked for the manager, who re-iterated "Sir, my assistant is correct, it is the regulation of the corporation that we initially pay you one million dollars now with the balance paid to you equally over the next 20 years".

Outraged, the Jamaican slammed his hand on the desk and shouted in anger, "Oonu tek me fi idiat, me wan all a de moni now or oonu gi me bak me rass dallar!!"


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