Waiting in a 45-minute line Friday morning at a Hess gas station in Center Moriches, Long Island, to fill up a portable fuel tank, Chip Daniel noticed sudden a flurry of police cars surrounding the station. He heard shouts and stomping, and the groaning of drivers in the packed crowd of cars in what is becoming an increasingly familiar scene at New York and New Jersey gas stations in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
"There was some jackass trying to cut the line and they called the cops. Four police cars came up to him and he began arguing with the police," said Daniels, 44. "It took them some time, but finally he went back to his own spot."
In Moorestown, N.J., where Anna Sanders was staying with relatives after her home near Newark had lost power, she watched similar scenes unfold via social media, and even set up a Twitter account dedicated to helping other residents find fuel at the state's packed and often closed gas stations.
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