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Allstate's Free Gas Giveaway Prompts Accidents, Fistfights

Last week in Milwaukee, a good-natured gas giveaway got a bit out of hand. For the most part, hundreds of drivers patiently waited for hours...
July 18, 2006

Last week in Milwaukee, a good-natured gas giveaway got a bit out of hand. For the most part, hundreds of drivers patiently waited for hours for about $30 worth of free fuel. But, with cars lined up before midnight and lines stretching into and blocking driveways in residential areas, tempers flared and frustration added fuel to the fire, resulting in four people getting arrested for fighting, three officers going to the hospital as a precautionary measure due to contact with blood, and two vehicles crashing.

Allstate, the nation's second-largest auto insurer, wanted to reward the citizens of Milwaukee for the city's safe-driving record. Hundreds of drivers waited for hours for a free 10-gallon fill-up that Allstate sprung for at one station. The line, two miles long, spilled into a residential neighborhood, stranding some homeowners in their driveways when they needed to get to work. Allstate said the fights and collisions didn't occur close to the gas station, where it gave away 7,000 gallons of fuel.

Allstate's Gas Handout Fuels Not-So-Good Feelings (Chicago Tribune 7/14/06)

 

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