By Ron Matz

PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ)—It’s not every day you have a chance to get some free gas, but it happened Wednesday morning in Pikesville.

Ron Matz reports on some lucky Baltimoreans, who at least for one day, eased their pain at the pump.

Free gas. These two words brought a long line to the Shell Station at the Greenspring Shopping Center.

It’s a good day for the first 200 motorists in line.

“I heard it on TV at five o’clock this morning. I shop here a lot and I couldn’t believe it, so I got in the truck and came up. Hey, free gas. I’m disabled so it’s definitely a big help,” said Robert Holbrook, of Pikesville.

“I was in line for about 25 minutes. I heard it from WJZ. I think it’s a good deal. The price of gas is going up, and everybody could use a little helping hand in this economy,” said Michael Grandison, of Northwest of Baltimore.

The gas giveaway is sponsored by Baltimore Community Bankers reaching out to consumers.

“The Patapsco Bank is headquartered in Dundalk. We’ve been there over 100 years. We have three others branches,” said Jeanne Kelly-Rieken, senior vice president of The Patapsco Bank. “This is a great opportunity for small community banks and credit unions to take back some of the customers we’ve lost to the mega banks.  Customers don’t feel like they can get everything they want from a community bank, and they can.”

Brenda Perkins came from Woodlawn. That four letter word did it.

“Free! Free money, free gas. I’m here,” Perkins said. “I came all the way from Security Mall because I heard it on your news this morning. I am so happy. When I heard free gas, I just flew over here.”

“We do a lot in the community and in the Dundalk area. We’re really glad to be able to kind of spread our wings here, and there’s a lot more to come,” Kelly-Rieken said.

And with these prices, that’s good news.

“We started at 9 o’clock. The first 200 customers get $20 worth of free gas. It’s the first time we’ve done this, and we’re pretty excited,” Kelly-Rieken said.

Community banks and credit unions in 20 cities across the country, including Baltimore, held gas giveaways on Wednesday.


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