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Gloves snatched from garage forecourt


By David G Scott


A WICK petrol station had all its latex gloves – used to protect customers against Covid-19 – taken from the forecourt on Monday night.

The Gulf petrol station in Francis Street had its special dispensing bays cleared out of the protective gloves after it closed up at 10pm.

Protective gloves have always been available but are more in demand than ever with the current pandemic crisis.
Protective gloves have always been available but are more in demand than ever with the current pandemic crisis.

Though the gloves are free for customers to use, a worker at the station said it was "common sense" for people not to come by and "help themselves willy-nilly".

Two packets, each containing 100 sets of gloves, were loaded back into the dispensing bays at the forecourt on Tuesday morning.

Latex gloves are one of the many precautions being used to help stop transmission of the coronavirus.

New packets of gloves were used to replenish the dispensing bays.Pictures: DGS
New packets of gloves were used to replenish the dispensing bays.Pictures: DGS

Social media users have recently been sharing warnings about the virus allegedly “spreading quickly from petrol pumps".

Such warnings cautioned readers to use gloves or paper towels while pumping petrol and to discard them immediately afterwards.

Along with the latex gloves and paper towels the petrol station has posted many warning signs about staying safe and social distancing.

Covid-19 warning information on the door of the Gulf petrol station in Wick.
Covid-19 warning information on the door of the Gulf petrol station in Wick.

On the door of the payment booth is a sign from the Francis Street services team which tells customers to "come in one person at a time" and to stay at a distance of six feet from the cashier and other staff as well as each other.

The payment desk was also fitted with a protective screen on Tuesday afternoon to aid in the social distancing policy and help keep staff safe.



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