Twitter users reacted after rapper and “Law and Order: SVU” star Ice-T joked on the platform Thursday that he had been robbed at a gas station — by the gas pump itself.
“I was robbed at a gas station in NJ last night. After my hands stopped trembling..I managed to call the cops and they were quick to respond and calmed me down….. My money is gone.. the police asked me if I knew who did it..I said yes.. it was pump number 9…” Ice-T joked, referencing soaring gas prices in New Jersey and around the country.
The tweet has since exploded in popularity. As of the publishing of this piece, it has been retweeted more than 85,000 times and “liked” more than 605,000 times.
Gas prices soared earlier this month to a record high, as The Daily Wire reported. The national average climbed to $4.104 per gallon, according to GasBuddy, breaking the record average price set all the way back in 2008 in the midst of the Great Recession. Gas prices have since slid downward. According to AAA, the current average price sits at $4.236 per gallon, down from the record national average of $4.331 set on March 11. Prices in the state of New Jersey are currently about $4.201 on average.
Twitter users, including a number of prominent conservatives, reacted to the tweet, with many laughing along with the rapper’s “dad joke,” while others commented that the tweet was an indicator of bigger issues around inflation and the economy.
“I’m so dead on this one….I was robbed as well,” actor Neil Brown Jr. replied.
“Now you know NOBODY is robbing Ice T except a gas pump!” lawyer and writer Exavier Pope tweeted in reply.
“Can’t wait for legendary gangster rapper Ice T’s forthcoming album ‘Nice To Meet You, Hungry, I’m Dad’” rap group Clipping joked.
“Now imagine an average middle class person having to do this week after week,” conservative activist Ned Ryun tweeted.
“Suspend the gas tax and move to energy independence,” California State Assembly candidate Suzette Valladares wrote. “It doesn’t have to be like this.”
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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