A BBC reporter called Phil McCann delighted social media users on Saturday after being dispatched to cover the UK petrol shortage.
At a BP gas station in Stockport, which had run out of gas, people were quick to point out that he was clearly the best man for the job, since his name sounds like “fill my can”.
Phil McCann quickly started trending on Twitter, with one social media user saying, “Phil McCann! On the story of the fuel shortage. @TheSimpsons couldn’t have written something funnier than this. Well done #BBCBreakfast.
Another said: “There is only one BBC reporter to tell the story of panic fuel buying. And that’s Phil McCann.
Another person on Twitter pointed out that McCann is now part of a special club – alongside BBC weather presenter Sara Blizzard and PC Rob Banks from Avon and Somerset Police.
Reacting on Twitter, McCann said: “It’s like being back in ninth grade!”
A shortage of truck drivers has disrupted supply chains, affecting food and gasoline deliveries and causing queues at gas stations across the country.
Lincolnshire Police on Saturday urged drivers to refuel at petrol stations after long queues in the area, and Bedfordshire Police reminded motorists to make room for emergency vehicles during the waiting line.
The president of an auto association said on Saturday that panic buying rather than supply chain issues was the root cause of fuel shortages in some places.
EG Group imposed a limit of £ 30 per customer at its 389 gas stations on Friday, while pumps at some BP, Esso, Tesco and Shell forecourts were closed due to pending deliveries.
BP said about 20 of its 1,200 gas stations have been closed due to a lack of available fuel, with 50 to 100 sites affected by the loss of at least one grade of fuel.