The manager and employees of a Holly gas station are setting the record straight after being subjected to threats and a protest outside the business.
They say an apparent miscommunication between the store manager of the Mobil station and a customer may have prompted a Facebook posting that generated a viral firestorm. The post was shared on social media. The station received calls from around the country and several from overseas, according to employees.
The wife of a U.S. military reservist wrote the post, claiming the manager, who is Arab-American, refused to sell gas to her husband last Thursday. The store manager denied the accusation. He told Action News the customer was informed the station was out of premium grade gas at the time but that regular was available. He left the store without buying gas, but apparently did buy several other items.
The wife of the reservist has since deactivated her Facebook account. Before doing so, she wrote that she was shocked the post got out like it did. She also said she did not want anyone hurt.
Attempts by Action News to reach the woman Tuesday were unsuccessful.