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Up and down the country, drivers have been queuing at petrol stations for hours to fill their cars up over concerns they might not get another chance amidst the ongoing shortage of HGV drivers.
So, to cover the ongoing fuel crisis, the BBC decided to send out one of its reporters to a station in Stockport to see what members of the public were making of it.
And in a pretty perfect example of nominative determinism, almost as if a producer had planned it, they sent a journalist by the name of Phil McCann down to do the job.
Unsurprisingly, it didn't take long for people to spot the link, with viewers sharing screenshots to Twitter and even tagging the reporter in the posts.
If ever there was a roving reporter that could cover a fuel shortage... pic.twitter.com/cMukaZfnON
- Graeme (@redleaderwright) September 25, 2021
There is only one BBC reporter to do the story of panic-buying of fuel. And it is Phil McCann.
- Simon McCoy (@SimonMcCoyTV) September 25, 2021
Well played @BBCBreakfast Sending Phil McCann to cover the petrol panic buying. Genius level choice of reporter! pic.twitter.com/5NskpDq6k3
- Dr Amanda Dolan (@WeegieGeologist) September 25, 2021
Are people stockpiling petrol not according to Phil McCann. Now over to Sonny Spells for the weather. pic.twitter.com/wos94Ozvm2
- Paul Coleman (@PColemanchester) September 25, 2021
"The BBC's coverage of panic buying at UK petrol stations has gifted the nation one the greatest examples of nominative determinism ever. Take a bow @phi1mccann," wrote one.
Another chimed in: "Top marks to @BBCNews this morning for sending @phi1mccann to report on fuel shortages in the UK."
A third viewer quipped: "Are people stockpiling petrol not according to Phil McCann. Now over to Sonny Spells for the weather."
While another added: "There is only one BBC reporter to do the story of panic-buying of fuel. And it is Phil McCann."
Due to an ongoing shortage of HGV drivers, the EG Group, which runs 389 filling stations in the UK, has announced it is planning on putting a £30 limit on the amount of fuel customers can buy.
The move, the firm says, is to ensure that everyone has a 'fair chance to refuel' while the shortage is sorted out.
A statement from the company explained: "Due to the current unprecedented customer demand for fuel and associated supply challenges we have taken the decision to introduce a limit of £30 per customer on all of our grades of fuel.
"This excludes HGV drivers and emergency services due to their vital role at this time."