NAPLES, Fla. — Two dozen shoppers lined up outside a Best Buy here, waiting for it to open at 10 a.m. They had one mission: buying backup cellphone batteries and chargers.
Most were not successful.
“We had three but they’re gone,” an apologetic Ben Gardner told the stragglers at 10:01 a.m.
Store manager Mike Ducheneau said last night’s delivery of about 20 to 30 chargers vanished.
“They’re always in stock,” he said. “We didn’t advertise but every list of storm preparations mention it.”
Gas was similarly hard to find.
At a nearby Costco, vehicles jammed the six lanes near the pumps, but the 20-plus cars were nothing compared to the wait during the past two days. Even Thursday morning people couldn’t find gas.
Vicki Sargent drove miles Thursday in search of gas. She used an app called Gas Buddy to try to find a station where she could fill up.
“Nobody had anything but this place,” she said. She pulled into a few other stations that looked open, but the pumps were empty. Now that she found gas, she pumped her Suzuki wagon full.
She lives in an RV park in Venice and said she has to stay through the storm because she takes care of about 70 units owned by people who don’t live there in the summer.
But she’s not staying in her trailer.
“Only a fool would do that,” she said sharply. Instead, she’s going to a friend’s house five minutes away.