My old friend Pete Pasco operates an independent filling station in our town. Over the years he has attracted many faithful customers with his good service and cheerful attitude. But the recent rapid rise of petroleum products has made a lot of people unhappy and reluctant to fill up their tanks.
So Pete announced that for one day he was going to lower his gas to the price his father charged in 1955--39 cents a gallon.
That stirred up much excitement and on the designated morning cars were lined up for blocks in front of Pete's station. Then Pete laughed and used a bullhorn to say that he was only kidding and his prices would remain unchanged.
The motorists were so furious that they attacked in a wild mob. Pete was barely able to escape being lynched.
They didn't have a sense of humor for his April Fuel Joke.