BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, 46, has mischievously hit back at a listener named Ian, who delivers fuel for big supermarket chains. It comes as the media is being partially blamed for huge queues outside petrol stations amid reports of a fuel shortage in the UK, which prompted panic buying.
Naga was speaking to Ian about the issue and how it has affected his job.
Chatting to Ian on BBC Radio 5 Live today, Naga also wanted to know whether he believes the media has “whipped up these queues”.
Ian replied: “Definitely, we serve all the south west, so with everybody not flying where they usually fly to, they’ve gone to Devon and Cornwall.
“And while trying to get their fuel down, we’ve noticed that a lot of forecourt staff have said, ‘thank God you’ve arrived, we’re two hours from running out’.
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“They’re taking their holidays in the UK using their car.
So obviously the fuel has been used a lot more than it would be usually, probably,” he suggested, referencing people holidaying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic restricting travel overseas.
The Army is said to be ready to help out with fuel supply problems.
It comes after a fourth day of long queues and pump closures across the UK.