Iran began gas rationing as of midnight their time today. Rather than wait in lines like they made Americans do in 1979, Iranians come up with a better solution -- burn down the station!
Iranians were given only two hours' notice of the move that limits private drivers to 100 litres of fuel a month.Hate to say I told you so...and we didn't even have to facilitate the process! The justice of this is simply lovely.
Despite its huge energy reserves, Iran lacks refining capacity and it imports about 40% of its petrol.
"I think rationing is not bad by itself but it must be organised," one man told the Associated Press news agency. "One cannot announce at 9pm that the rationing would start at midnight, they should have announced the exact date days earlier."
There was violence in nine areas of Tehran as angry youths attacked petrol stations, Raja News, a website linked to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reported.
Reports of attacks on petrol stations elsewhere in the country could not be confirmed.