Florida Man prepares for Hurricane Dorian by gassing up open buckets

Florida Hurricane Man
To be clear: Sloshing gas in the back of a running car is a bad idea.

Preparing for a hurricane in Florida does not mean the crazy headlines that make the state infamous disappear.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services spread an image on Facebook Friday of a man making sure he had plenty of gas to weather the storm.

In the picture, a man in shorts and a T-shirt is shown at a gas pump at an unknown location filling up Home Depot buckets with gasoline. It’s not clear from the photo whether the man placed lids on any of the buckets, but there are at least four already loaded into the back of his SUV with another four on the ground waiting to be filled.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried probably didn’t think she needed to say so, but this is a bad idea.

Don’t be like Florida Man.

“CONSUMER ALERT: We’re receiving reports of consumers filling unsealed or open containers with gas as they prepare for Hurricane #Dorian — this is unsafe,” the department wrote on its Facebook page with an image of the unknown man who is probably going to become a meme within the hour. “If you need fuel, make sure you only use sealed gas containers, it’s important for public safety during & after the storm.”

To be clear, only approved gasoline containers should be used to store extra gasoline. This is not only a safety precaution, but it’s also a way to ensure the gas can be easily and safely poured into its intended tank for use.

The image online prompted several sarcastic comments ranging from a gif of Seth Myers drinking from an actual gas receptacle to people calling the man stupid. One commenter claimed the image was old, but a search couldn’t confirm that. The image was shared to Reddit earlier in the day Friday.

Even if it’s old, it’s Florida, so there’s probably someone, somewhere in the state doing this.

Just don’t. OK?

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected]


  • Cogent Observer

    August 30, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Evidently, the adage remains true: You can’t fix stupid.

    • Jo

      August 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

      Did he die? Eat your word punk.

  • Paul Siano

    August 30, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    That guy with half a brain should be arrested and thrown in jail. What he did is not only stupid, moronic, and idiotic, it’s dangerous to other people. If he doesn’t mind burning himself to death, that’s fine. It’s a free country, mostly. But he shouldn’t be allowed to bring other people down with him.

  • Goggle is Easy

    August 31, 2019 at 9:56 am

    1. This happened in New York not Florida.
    2. This happened in 2012
    3. A simple google search would help you out
    4. Shitting on Florida is stupid

  • Cogent Observer

    August 31, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Notwithstanding where it happened, you still can’t fix stupid. Actually, it makes more sense that it may have happened in New York–the land of know-it-alls. Incidentally, it’s spelled “Google”, not “Goggle.”

    • Dave

      September 7, 2019 at 7:48 am

      Got a smoke dude?

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