Elon Musk drew attention to the sticker shock he is currently facing at the pump, sharing an old photo of the 7-Eleven sign, which shows $ 7.11 per gallon of gas.
Musk, CEO of electric car manufacturer Tesla, Tweeted a photo on Tuesday Without a title or more commentary. Titled “The Future Is Fulfilled”, the film has been widely circulated on Meme it on Reddit.
However, this sign is not a true picture of the prices at the station. The store featured in the photo listed the price during the sign inspection more than a year ago.
A 7-Eleven rep in a statement to the Post confirmed the photo was old and said the image was related to the company’s practice in the recently built shops.
“This photo is over a year old. In the past, it was common for building contractors to inspect newly built fuel price signs, but not yet open, 7-Eleven locations for $ 7.11 in honor of the store’s name, “a company spokesman said.
“We have requested that the building contractors stop the practice and hope that this photo, which has been recently re-circulated, will not cause any confusion to the 7-Eleven customers,” the spokesman added.
NPR has identified Matt Beamsterbore, 34, as the original photographer behind the photo. Beamsterbauer said he originally took the picture in March 2021 after seeing a rebuilt Mobil gas station at his Chicago home as a 7-Eleven store.
“So when they do, they set up, and they don’t have the pumps active and the shop is still being built. They had to sign up and they put $ 7.11 on it.
According to GasBuddy, the same gas station listed $ 6.09 a gallon of regular gasoline for Wednesday. The national average gas price is near the all-time high of $ 5 per gallon, and some stations in California and other states exceed the $ 7 limit.
Gas prices hit fresh records in recent months after the Russia-Ukraine war added further pressure on the global energy market, which is already struggling to meet rising demand and alleviate COVID-19 supply chain problems.
The US has imposed restrictions on Russian fuel shipments and many Western companies have shunned Kremlin oil since the invasion began.
While Musk and Tesla are shifting towards climate-friendly sustainable technologies, the billionaire argued in March that the US needed to “immediately increase oil and gas production” to take into account the market imbalance.
“Exceptional times require extraordinary measures” Musk tweeted that At the time. “Obviously, this will have a negative impact on Tesla, but sustainable energy solutions will not respond immediately to offsetting Russian oil and gas exports.”