Detroit Church’s Free Gas Giveaway is Shut Down by Police After Traffic Was Backed Up Because of Massive Turnout

Drivers fill up their cars with gas at a BP station. | Unsplash/Jay Skyler

A church’s free gas giveaway in Detroit was shut down by police over the weekend because so many cars got in line for the promotion that traffic was backed up nearly to the highway.

Fox 2 Detroit reports that the owners of a BP station on Outer Drive near I-94 teamed up with Second Canaan Missionary Baptist Church to bless local families with free gas last Sunday, the day the church celebrated its 63rd anniversary.

The promotion was advertised as $15 in free gas to the first 150 cars that arrived. But according to Pastor Frank Harris, they were able to give away much more than that. The church’s Facebook page tallies the number of people that received free gas at 250.

“Our entire intent was to be a blessing to our community,” Harris told Fox 2 Detroit. “Our intent was to make an impact. We made an impact.”

BP employee William Bazzi told the television news outlet that people began lining up around 10:30 a.m. for a giveaway that began at 1:30 p.m.

“[B]y the time we got here we could barely make it off the highway,” Bazzi explained, adding that he got there around 11 a.m.

According to Fox 2, the promotion was shut down within a half-hour after it began as police tried to restore the flow of traffic back to normal.

Despite the fact that the promotion was shut down so quickly, that did not stop the BP owners and the church from giving away more gas than they expected.

But Harris indicated that in the future, should they choose to do another promotion, they will coordinate better with the police.

Harris told radio station WWJ that the church was trying to respond to the notion held by many that “the church is always trying to get from them.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith