Greek state television has drawn criticism over a segment that showed viewers how to drain gasoline from cars while fuel prices soar.
“It’s not very complicated… you don’t even need a special tube, even a hose for balconies is enough,” the station’s reporter, Costas Stamou, said during ERT’s morning news program, Syndeseis.
After demonstrating the method, a car repairman then points out where a car’s fuel tank can be pierced to steal its contents.
‘Have you got it right in your head? Give people tips about stealing gasoline?” commented one user on Twitter. Another joked, “After the tutorial on two ways to easily steal gasoline, ERT is now preparing new how-tos on how to open locks and steal wallets.”
A video mixed by the Greek satirical website Luben had more than 170,000 views on Thursday. Another 32,500 saw the original segment on Twitter.
Fuel prices have risen steadily in Greece in recent months, with lead-free lead averages exceeding €2.37 per liter on Wednesday in Athens and over €2.50 in Rhodes and neighboring islands.
The Greek authorities have resisted calls to lower fuel taxes and have instead opted for subsidies of €30-50 to less well-off car and motorcycle owners to ease the burden on their budgets during the international energy crisis.
Greece’s annual inflation rate reached 11.3% in May, a 29-year record.