BAD TIMING? EAST HATFORD GAS STATION CHANGES TO BP, THEN COMES THE SPILL

The sign stands proudly on Main Street in East Hartford as if defiantly telling the world “We didn’t do it!” Within the last year, the gas station changed its name from Getty to BP; kind of like naming your baby girl “Lindsay” or your hoped-to-be-athletic little boy “Tiger” before the roof caved in on each. The name change was made before the oil spill disaster.

A sharp-eyed, regular reader of The Hanging Shad told me about the gas station but I wanted to see for myself. After topping off the Jeep’s gas tank, I ventured in to ask the attendant about the name change and whether the worst environmental disaster in our country’s history may have been bad for business. Sadly, due to a language barrier, I couldn’t get much past how much I owed for the gas and that there is “no more Getty!” I’m guessing the attendant was too young to be the owner.

The East Hartford station seems to be bucking a trend across the nation in which BP station owners want to change back to the much more patriotic sounding “Amoco.” One thing is for sure. There is “no more Getty!”