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Hundreds line up after independent Kansas City gas station offers gas for $2.12 per gallon

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Jun 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-22 20:50:00-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A gas station in Kansas City, Missouri, wanted to provide a little bit of relief to drivers Wednesday.

FavTrip, located at 9500 Blue Ridge Blvd., announced last night it would sell gas to motorists for $2.12 per gallon between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

The promotion was for regular unleaded gas only, and gas cans and RVs weren’t allowed.

Babir Sultaon, the owner of the independent gas station, said he partnered with the Missouri chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a 501(c)(4) organization in the promotion.

The organization will be sponsoring up to 2,000 gallons, but any ounce beyond that will be coming out of Sultan's pockets.

"We see a lot of our customers struggling between buying gas and buying food. So this is just one way of us doing something for them in return," Sultan said. "It makes me emotional listening to these folks. They’ll say at least two days I can get by, let alone people trying to think about getting by for a month."

Sultan says most of his revenue comes from sales from the convenience store attached to the gas station.

With inflation, less customers can afford gas and is forgoing a trip inside for snacks and drinks.

"It definitely impacts us cause it hurts our customers and hurts the bottom line for sure," Sultan said.

Teena Curry, a woman who was second in line, waited since 10 a.m. to make sure she made the cut.

She says every penny counts because she is having to pay a lot on doctor's visits right now on a fixed income.

"I worry it's not gonna get any better," Curry said.

For Anthony Wilson, who was parked half a mile away in line from the pump before the special began, he says his family has been getting by since the pandemic.

"Everything is going up, so when you can find a deal or catch a deal, then you go get it," Wilson said. "You find out real quick what you need and what you don’t need, you know. And at least in my house we eat to live, not live to eat."

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KSHB 41 News reporter Daniela Leon estimated roughly 300 cars were snaking around the east Kansas City neighborhood.

One neighbor was spotted handing out water to those waiting in the line.