The High Price we Pay at the Pump

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“Oh look baby, the price of gas is a whole dollar cheaper at that gas station! Pull in and top off.”

“Awe bay, it’s packed over there. It’s gonna take twenty minutes to just to get to the pump.”

“So what? The money we save right now pays for your lunch tomorrow. Don’t be so lazy!”

Ron reluctantly follows his wife’s request and pulls into the local Shell station to take advantage of the amazing deal on gasoline. The longer he waits the more and more aggravated he gets. The person directly in front of him is taking an abnormally long amount of time to fill up his small Prius. He also seems to be stroking the grip of the pump a little too awkwardly for Ron’s comfort. It was cold outside and the weird man had gloves on so he figured he was just trying to warm up his hand.

“Ron, when you finish pumping can you run inside and get me and Sophie some Icee’s?”

Ron’s truck was nearly on empty and taking forever to fill. The breeze shooting under the canopy was much colder than he anticipated. He notices his fingers and hand started to tingle and numb from the frigidity. Once he is done, he goes inside to get the drinks. As he was pouring he started feeling a violent tingling sensation crawl up his arm at an alarming pace. When he pulls up his sleeve he notices several red vein-like streaks bulging up passed his wrists toward his shoulders. As the streaks hit his neck and carotid artery he begins to feel like his blood is boiling within him. Wave after wave of crimson blood begins to spray out of his mouth and nose, hitting the entire line of customers at the counter. As he slowly stumbles out of the store he can hear screams and sounds of vomiting behind him.

Ron finally makes it to his car and his wife opens the door in a panic to see what was wrong with her husband. As he falls within her grip and into the car, she notices his skin slides off his muscles as though it were poached in boiling water. He sprays the last of his bloody bile over her and their terrified daughter in the back seat. As he sags away through her arms, she sees dozens of patrons suffering similar fates all over the gas station lot. The domino effect was unmistakable. So were the red veins protruding from Sophie’s neck and the boiling sensation in her own chest.

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  • LDH
    Commented on September 2, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    What I got from the pasta is that greed is infectious and destructive, which I agree with.

    But for Heaven’s sake, will someone please explain to me how wanting to pay less money for gas is greedy? On the other hand, how does choosing to pay a higher gas price make one less greedy? I don’t know, it just doesn’t make sense to me.

    I liked the concept, but I think it could have been executed better.

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  • Commented on June 27, 2013 at 4:25 am

    That escalated quickly! 0_o

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  • Commented on January 2, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    This reads like some sort of oil tycoon’s morality tale. “Be happy with the high price of oil, because LOW GAS PRICES WILL LEAD TO A MYSTERIOUS AND PAINFUL DEATH.”

    It’s not the worst Pasta on the site, it could have done with more build up and coherence, and the ending seems sloppy and rushed, but there was potential– untapped potential– here.

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  • birds
    Commented on January 31, 2016 at 11:55 am

    I’m pretty sure the “weird guy with the gloves” coated the pump in something, like anthrax or whatever. story is still a bit lame though, but from the comments it seems like a lot of people skimmed that info.

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  • Commented on September 4, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Sorry but this was awful.

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  • Commented on March 28, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    What? I dont get it. How is that theyre greedy?

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  • Commented on April 28, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Shell gas is murder.

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  • Commented on August 9, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    That went from zero to sixty in half a second.

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  • Commented on July 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I don’t get it either…
    I wanted to hack up my lunch, honestly.
    But… Uh… 4/10
    Sorry. 🙁

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  • Agreatguy
    Commented on August 12, 2015 at 6:01 am

    I would rate this 4/10 made absolutely no sense and I would like to add the fact that a new category should be made for this type of creepypasta I would call it; WTF pasta. Could have expanded on it to make it make sense.

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  • Commented on June 24, 2015 at 10:06 am

    I enjoyed the concept, though I feel the abrupt mention of specifics such as Shell, ICEE, and carotid artery kind of break up the flow and make the story feel more forced.

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  • Sierra 117
    Commented on January 2, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Sacked as a story.fail

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  • Commented on September 27, 2015 at 2:37 am

    I feel like the idea is great, but wanting to save money on gas isn’t necessarily greedy. Good noodles/weak sauce

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  • Max
    Commented on December 2, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Oh I get it shell

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  • Commented on December 11, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    No it’s a disease not greed.

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  • Commented on May 1, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Not bad. It also shows how greedy humans can get; and boy they paid more than they thought they would.

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  • Commented on May 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    that was an interesting lesson

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  • Mim
    Commented on July 6, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    great, it escalated quickly and had that chilling realization i absolutely LOVE at the end
    well done!

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  • Livvyloo
    Commented on September 6, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    This is a shame…the concept itslef was actually pretty original but the way it was executed fell very short. Also for goodness sakes, you can’t go from one tense to another in each senetnce! Ughhhhh

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  • Commented on January 5, 2014 at 7:17 am

    I sure love a good bargain, but I bet they never ACCOUNTed for that!

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  • animegurl
    Commented on November 9, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    wow that was a very good story i don’t know how you can do it. but can you please add more to the story please?

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  • Commented on June 7, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Pointless read I think it uses the common cliche of using blood all the time just to get a reaction. I suggest next adding something along the lines of an inside problem and explain the problems that the family members that may some how manage to survive face in after this situation. What the hell was the link between title and story as well?

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  • Commented on September 22, 2016 at 3:05 am

    IDK why the comment board is like this, this was well done!
    i thoroughly enjoyed it! 🙂
    4/5 😀

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  • Commented on July 8, 2013 at 12:41 am

    wut.

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  • Commented on November 8, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    i don’t understand the story, maybe because of the title miss lead me to
    think something eles.

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  • Commented on August 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I wish it were longer, i didn’t feel it

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  • Commented on December 12, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    ew.

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  • Commented on March 3, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Uh

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  • Commented on August 14, 2014 at 3:44 am

    This creepypasta was not that bad it does teach a lesson in greed and if you don’t get it well I can see why some people didn’t understand the story it is a little confusing at first I would say 5/10 I’m being fair

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  • Commented on May 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I don’t get it 🙁

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  • Commented on July 2, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    this is brilliant, it shows human greed at its simplist state, one thing i dont understand is what surges through there vains, is it the petrol/desial or something else entirly

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  • Commented on December 9, 2013 at 11:55 am

    The human race can be so greedy.

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  • Commented on November 9, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Great pasta them greedy baboons got what they deserved

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