Customers of a DeKalb County Shell station Thursday morning were excited to find out that the station had dropped prices -- to zero.
They were so excited, in fact, that the mob of motorists lining up for the free gas caused a major traffic jam at the corner of North Decatur Road and DeKalb Industrial Way.
The price on the signboard read 000, as vehicles backed up in every direction, awaiting their turn to pull in for a freebie. Blue lights from a police cruiser lit up the morning, with officers steering traffic into the station. It made for a hectic morning, the police whistles shrieking and cars honking.
The station was one of five Shell stations across the country giving away gas on Thursday, a company spokesman said.