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Fuel crisis: Man threatens to slap woman after he tries to cut London petrol queue


A man threatened to get out of his car and ‘slap’ a woman after he attempted to cut a queue for petrol at a London filling station.

The incident appears to be another in a string of abusive confrontations outside petrol stations since panic buying began.

The man is also alleged to have thrown his coffee at the closed window of the woman’s car in the incident.

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Writing on Twitter where a user posted the video of the confrontation, they wrote said: “You OK mate? Tried to cut in at the petrol station ahead of a two-hour queue by ramming.

“[He] threw a coffee out of the window (at a closed window), then this.”

In the video, the man can be heard yelling: “D***head, is that your job or her job?” To which a woman can be heard replying “well listen to her then.”

He then responds: “I f***ing will you p***k. Shut your mouth you d***head.”

When informed he’s being filmed the man becomes even more aggressive and shouts: “So what? I’ll slap that phone out of her hand.

“This stupid b***h talking s**t. You f***ing idiot, I’ll get out of the car and slap you.”

This was followed up by a second video of a different driver who slowed down, holding up traffic just to abuse a petrol station worker, calling them an “ugly c**t”.

The two incidents are just the latest in a series of confrontations as drivers’ frustrations reach a boiling point while sitting in sometimes hours-long queues for petrol.

The country is currently gripped by an ongoing petrol crisis, initially caused by a lack of tanker drivers, now exacerbated by panic buying.

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Despite assurances from members of the Government that the crisis is ‘stabilising’, as Health Secretary Sajid Javid told Sky News today, there are other voices warning there is worse to come.

This morning chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association Brian Madderson warned that London and the South East still have a “really big problem” and that things will likely worsen, with the planned use of military personnel to deliver fuel unlikely to make a major impact.

He said: “We do need a prioritisation of deliveries to filling stations – particularly the independent ones which are the neighbourhood retail sites – in London and the South East starting immediately.”

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