Four anti-fracking activists decided to glue themselves to gas pumps at a British station owned by the company they were targeting, but once they were stuck to the pumps, they learned that they had made a pretty hilarious mistake.
As it turns out, the Total station they protested at was no longer owned by Total, the company they were protesting. Not long before, Certas Energy bought the station but the owner had yet to change to signs.
Reezwan Patel, manager of the station, described the incident that he says cost them thousands of dollars.
“We had to close for six hours, so with the loss of custom and the damage to the pumps, it could be a couple of thousand pounds we have lost,” said Patel. “The thing is, Total don’t own the station any more. It is owned by Certas Energy, but the signs haven’t changed yet. The peaceful protesters were very polite and actually apologized for what happened, but the others were very stupid and have cost us a lot of money.”
According to reports, the four protesters that glued themselves to the pumps were not a part of the main group that was peacefully protesting next to the station.
“I was very annoyed, and I have to stress that these people have nothing to do with our protest,” said Green Party chair Alan Johnson. “We were there to protest peacefully, and warn people about the dangers of fracking, and these people have put themselves, and others, in danger with what they did. We want to warn people that fracking could lead to a poisoned water supply and contaminated soil. I am a grandfather and that is not the legacy I want to leave. We are very worried about the potential of fracking in Bolton because, unfortunately, we are ripe for it.”
The four who stuck themselves to the pumps were arrested for criminal damage.