Look, we know gas is expensive, but don’t save a couple bucks by topping off your U-Haul’s gas tank with water. We won’t pretend to care about U-Haul—not even U-Haul cares about their vehicles—but the next renter will want to bludgeon you with a rusty ice pick when their truck breaks down because you hosed the engine.
“It can cost up to $2,000 each time it happens, minimum,” said Merow.
U-Haul dealers must now find a way to counter this new water scam while also continuing to battle traditional gas scams. They are on full alert.
“We have increased security, increased cameras at all our locations, increased patrols,” said Merow.
Merow says the thefts have become brazen. Just this past weekend someone stood on the other side of the U-Haul parking lot fence in broad daylight and fed through a siphon hose, trying to get at the gas inside the U-Haul trucks.
Um, don’t siphon gas from U-Haul trucks, either. This little non-recession thingy is turning ugly.
(Photo: Mikey G Ottawa)