It was a liquidation sale like any other only this liquid was petrol. A petrol station operator yesterday sold off the last of his petrol at half price, caused a major traffic jam in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
Excol Service Station operator Robert Spence gave customers half-price unleaded petrol as a thank you for years of service.
The businessman had operated the garage at the Dry Arch Roundabout in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, on behalf of the receiver Martin Ferris since 2010.
However, the business was put to auction recently and Mr Spence was unsuccessful in his bid for the property.
Mr Spence had to vacate the premises yesterday and found he had a supply of unleaded petrol in his tanks he could not take with him.
Up until yesterday, a litre of unleaded at the station cost €1.55.9.
“I decided that instead of just leaving it there I would make some money and give my many loyal customers a going-away present.
“If people filled up their tanks, then they only had to pay half the price.”
At one stage there were traffic backups leading into the service station for about half a mile.
He said he now hoped the new operator would give due consideration to taking on the 20 employees at the petrol station and shop.