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Free Gas: Businessman Gives Away 7,000 Gallons of Gas for 'April Fuels Day' Don't let the date fool you, this was no prank.

By Dan Bova


In the wee hours of April 1, drivers in Norwood, Mass. lined up for a wonderful surprise.

Businessman and philanthropist Ernie Boch Jr. gave away 7,000 gallons of gas at Norwood's Rojo Irving Gas Station. If you are reading this and thinking of heading over now, you're a bit late. The promotion started a 6:40 a.m. and the free gas tanks ran dry in less than two hours.

Related: 'I Actually Wouldn't Be Able to Afford Driving': Jaw-Dropping Video Shows Gas Bill of Almost $1,000

Speaking to WCVB, Boch explained the genesis of the generous giveaway: "I was filing a friend of mine's car up, and the numbers went to $107, and that is insane. And gas is going up. It always goes up in the spring and the summer, and I said, 'Well, I think I should do something,' and here we are: 'April Fuels Day'."

Gasoline prices have risen nearly $1.50 a gallon over the last year, making Boch's efforts more than appreciated by the many motorists who lined up. To combat skyrocketing fuel costs, many states have declared a tax holiday on gas, and President Biden said he would release one million barrels per day from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help offset the price spikes linked to sanctions on Russia.

Here's hoping Mr. Boch road trips with his generosity to a pump near you.

Dan Bova

Entrepreneur Staff

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Dan Bova is the VP of Special Projects at He previously worked at Jimmy Kimmel Live, Maxim, and Spy magazine. His latest books for kids include This Day in History, Car and Driver's Trivia ZoneRoad & Track Crew's Big & Fast Cars, The Big Little Book of Awesome Stuff, and Wendell the Werewolf

Read his humor column This Should Be Fun if you want to feel better about yourself.

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