Video of Woman Trying to Put Gas in Plastic Bag With Millions of Views Is From 2019

The cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline has pushed Americans to begin panic-buying in an effort to stock up on gasoline in case of shortages. This widespread rush to the pumps has caused more than 1,000 gas stations to run out of fuel, and people are getting creative with how they hoard their gas.

On social media, photos and videos of people outside gas stations are circulating, including one viral video that prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to tweet some blunt advice: "Do not fill plastic bags with gasoline."

Oh, shit. #gasshortage? Better pick up a couple extra bags. pic.twitter.com/a09ue2eQfK

— Fiendishly Yours, (@FiendishlyYours) May 11, 2021

In this particular video, a woman is seen filling up what appears to be plastic grocery bags with fuel at a gas station and struggling to lift them into the trunk of her car. The video has millions of views, but there is one catch: It has no relevance to our current gas shortage situation.

The widely circulated video originated in December 2019, after it was taken and posted on Facebook by Jason Rudison with the caption, "Sorry for my bad video but what in the hell is this lady doing."

The viral video gets thrown back into feeds every once in a while during hurricane season, and now, as it reflects a few panic-stricken states who are running out of fuel, it has tricked many social media users into thinking that it is recent.

Recent or not, the video prompted the CPSC to offer the advice. "Use only containers approved for fuel. Follow the gas canister manufacturer instructions for storing and transporting gasoline. When using a gas canister, never pour gasoline over or near an open flame," it tweeted.

Other videos and photos of people stocking up on fuel are circulating. Tiffany Wright of the American Automobile Association Carolinas told CNN that we are our own worst enemy in situations like this. She said, "People are taking their entire family fleet of vehicles to the gas station and filling up when they don't need to."

North Carolina gas shortage
Residents fill their tanks amid a shortage of gas caused by a cyberattack on the nation's largest fuel pipeline. Here, attendants direct cars as they line up to fill their gas tanks at a Costco in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 11. In a resurfaced 2019 video, a woman is seen filling up what appears to be plastic grocery bags with fuel at a gas station and struggling to lift them into the trunk of her car. LOGAN CYRUS/AFP/Getty Images

Other experts and officials are begging Americans to refrain from hoarding fuel. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey tweeted Tuesday, "Please do not fill up your car unless you need to and do not fill multiple containers. Overreacting creates more of a shortage. Please use common sense and patience! #alpolitics."

Even if the video itself is not recent, the elicited advice still is.

"We know this sounds simple," the CPSC tweeted, "but when people get desperate they stop thinking clearly. They take risks that can have deadly consequences. If you know someone who is thinking about bringing a container not meant for fuel to get gas, please let them know it's dangerous."