If the Exxon station near the Watergate were the last one on earth and I was out of gas, on my way to the hospital with someone in the back seat about to give birth, I suppose I would stop and fill up there (or at least get a gallon or two). But under any other on-empty scenario, I also might just let my car sputter to a stop on the side of the road and get out and walk everywhere for the rest of my life. The price is, in a word, outrageous. Like, Alaska and Hawaii outrageous. And confoundingly so: As of March 22, you could easily find regular unleaded for around $2.80 a gallon; the price at the Exxon was $3.49. Even in a small car, on a 10-gallon fill-up, that’s an extra $6.90. The station manager told City Paper
a few months ago he can’t do anything about the price. His explanation: It’s set by the Man. To support his own business, he claims to fill up there himself (employee discount?). But you never should. At the very least, go to the Chevron just down the street: It’s $3.04.