by SHON GABLES
Posted on May 18, 2011 at 1:16 PM
WATAUGA – For one short hour, commuters in Tarrant County got a break at the pump. A well known gas station dropped its price to 99 cents a gallon. That caused a traffic back-up.
Gas guzzlers – of every sort – began lining up in Watauga, outside Chef Point Café.
Ethel Forman began watching News 8 Daybreak at 4:30 a.m., eager to find out the store’s location.
“When you said Paula Dean”, said Forman regarding the morning clues aired on the morning broadcast. “Honey, I knew! I eat at Chef Point all the time”!
Debbie Taylor, who drove a Hummer, waited in bumper to bumper traffic that was three blocks long, for over an hour. The entire time her fuel gage leaning close to “E”. She joked about needing a lot of gas.
Octavia Fuller called the cheap gas her saving grace, “I think it’s wonderful and it’s a blessing in disguise.”
The almost $3 discount off the average price of unleaded gas drew customers from as far away as Arkansas and as close as the next block.
“I really did,” said Syndni Melton of Bedford, jumped out of bed and rushed to the station.
“On my way up here, my light came on saying I needed gas”, said Berk Benge who planned to use the savings to go golfing. “It saved me some money”.
The price break is now making the gas station’s owner Paula Nwaeze a rock star.
Nwaeze, who took a $3,000 loss to give customers a break, opened every single pump outside Chef Point Cafe for an entire hour.
She said it broke her heart to turn folks away.
Ellen Buffin missed the cutoff hour by seconds, “I turned left instead of turning right. If I would have turned right, I would have made it”!
Nwaeze said she was delighted knowing she helped as many as she could.
“It’s great that we can help so many people, cause people helped us over the years. And I’m glad to give back”.