A Pennsylvania man fed up with rising gas prices was arrested after he put stickers on fuel pumps featuring a finger-pointing Joe Biden that say ‘I did that!’ in a protest gaining traction around the country.
Thomas Richard Glazewski, 54, of Manor Township, was arrested on March 31 after a confrontation with police that was caught on video and shared on social media by over 3,000 people as of Sunday.
The video shows Glazewski being tackled by cops at a Turkey Hill convenience store on 1503 Columbia Avenue in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster Online reported.
He repeatedly yells: ‘I did that. I did that. That’s what I did,’ as he points to several stickers of the finger-pointing Biden slapped on the gas pump.
Pictured: a sticker depicting President Joe Biden pointing at the price of gasoline
A satirical sticker of US President Joe Biden is placed on a gas pump at a Turkey Hill station
Glazewski made it even more difficult to remove the stickers after spraying the surface with clear coat, a Turkey Hill employee told police.
He was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, harassment and criminal mischief last Monday and is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on April 26.
The ‘I did that!’ sticker has popped up across the country over the last few weeks as gas prices soar, similar to the Let’s Go Brandon chants that swept through many red states as people showed their displeasure with the Democratic president.
One Alabama gas station employee told WAAY-TV last month that he regularly peels off the stickers from fuel pumps.
‘I take off five or six a day from our different pumps,’ Perry Cagle, assistant manager of an Exxon station near Athens, told the outlet.
Glazewski was serving two years of probation after pleading guilty to a count of retail theft in 2020 at the time of this incident, court records indicate.
This was the third time in the last decade he had been convicted and sentenced to probation for a retail theft offence, according to court documents.
Pictured: The Turkey Hill gas station where the Pennsylvania man was arrested
The Boston Herald reported on the stickers last year, when gas prices were only $3.50 per gallon. On Sunday, the average gas prices for regular unleaded hovered around $4.10.
A pack of 100 of the 3-inch-high stickers costs anywhere from $10 to $13 on Amazon.
‘It’s been ramping up for a few months,’ said Javier Estrada Ovalles, who’s been selling the ‘I did that!’ stickers at his online store, as well as his physical store in El Monte, California.
‘But in this last month alone, once the prices of the gas really started going up, I started getting bulk sales twice or three times more than it was before,’ he told Slate, before adding that he went from getting 20 to 30 individual orders a day to 80 a day,
Patriot Products, an online shop run by out of Oklahoma, has also seen a spike in sales.
‘Over the past week, ‘I’ve noticed an increase of organic sales, meaning I’m not having to do advertising,’ the owner told Slate.
Just over 50 percent of Americans who responded to ABC’s survey said they at least partially blame President Joe Biden for rising gas prices and disapprove of his handling of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
A majority of American voters say Democrats and their policies are at least partially to blame for rising gas prices, a new poll suggested on Sunday.
The apparent resentment is part of a larger picture of peoples’ dissatisfaction with how President Joe Biden is handling Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Fifty-three percent of respondents to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll said they do not approve of the president’s leadership while trying to navigate the brutal invasion in Eastern Europe.
However, despite its effects on day-to-day life domestically, a majority also support giving Ukraine more help to fight off Vladimir Putin’s forces — with the exception of US boots on the ground in the war zone.
That includes a whopping 79 percent of voters stating they support harsher economic sanctions on Russia. A measly seven percent said they were against tightening the economic noose, while 13 percent said they were unsure.
Gas prices, which had already been rising due to inflation caused by the economy’s rebound from COVID-19, surged when Putin ordered an attack on Ukraine in the early hours of February 24.
As of Sunday, the nationwide average price of a gallon of gas is about $4.12. It’s lower than the all-time high seen a month ago of $4.33, but still nearly double the $2.87 per gallon cost of April 2020.