Lock up your gas

"Do you have a lock on your gas cap?" asked my buddy Buck.

"No," I replied.

"Well, you better get one," he scolded. "When gas hits $4-a-gallon people are going to start stealing it."

This was a few months back. I blew Buck off. Thought the odds of guys in ski masks running around siphoning gasoline out of cars with a garden hose was pretty slim.

But this morning I went for a walk around my SoHo neighborhood and spotted a black Mercedes sedan with its open fuel cap dangling in the wind — and had to wonder. Did someone suck the gas from the tank, or did the owner simply forget to put the cap back on after he hit the petro station?

Am I being paranoid or is Buck right about me needing to invest in a fuel cap lock?

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