Daily Distraction: Hey, don't fill plastic bags with gasoline

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission puts out a warning we didn't think people would ever need

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Gas pumps empty at Ingles in Anderson late Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

Generally, when I sign in to Twitter, I expect to be met with some bit of information that in some way reduces my faith in humanity. And, well, here's today's edition.

Yes, you're reading that correctly. That's the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission putting out the message that gasoline shouldn't be transported in plastic bags, which is apparently now a concern as people begin to fret about the ongoing partial shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, one of the nation's largest sources of fuel, which was taken offline by a cyberattack.

In recent days, as people have continued to hit the pumps to panic-purchase gas, an unverified but still-viral video emerged of woman carrying what appeared to be (you guessed it) plastic bags filled with gas. And now here we are.

As an alternative, I'd recommend spinning either "Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings," courtesy L.L. Cool J, or Haim's "Gasoline," both of which you can listen to below.