Via Kevin “KevMo” Montgomery‘s always unique and (never deriv–ative) Uptown Almanac comes some news that leaves me saying uh oh, now this is getting spooky – why is it that the Giants T-shirts you can buy for just $5 are sold at ConocoPhillips 76 gas stations (and at ConocoPhillips 76 gas stations only) in San Francisco and the Sunset District?
For example, how about these 76 stations at 19th Ave. and Judah and 24th and Valencia and Lombard and Divisadero and Potrero and 17th?
Here’s a shot from Google Maps Street View way out in the West Bay* from a while back…
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So, can anybody check to see if these shirts are the real deal?
Seems as if somebody has a contract to sell these shirts at all these gas stations?
Did shirtmakers way, way, way overestimate demand for Giants merch?
How can they make money selling at just $5?
Is sales tax included?
Is said tax getting forwarded to the Board of Equalization?
What else can you sell at gas stations – can I get in on the taco truck craze and start selling, you know, after I get my own deal with whomever operates these stations?
This is a Grade A Class One Mystery.
And, for your pleasure, here’s a retread post from a few days back:
[Area resident M. has the deets:
“Ha. I live on 19th right across Judah from this. It’s totally an ongoing business, it’s been there every day, all day since right after the world series last year and I have no idea how they haven’t gotten busted just because it’s so brazen and regular. I’ve actually seen a water department truck blocking the 28 bus stop in front of the gas station while the two dudes were shopping for t-shirts and the bus was trying to find a way to pull over and pick people up. It does tend to screw up traffic right there with so many people trying to pull over/pull in, so it’s definitely a bit annoying. I have to assume the gas station owner gets a cut or something.”]
This sure seems to be a good place to buy Giants shirts for cheap.
Now, I’m talking about the 76 gas station what’s on the east side of 19th Ave. on Judah (and not the carbon copy 76 on the west side of 19th.)
And my buddy showed me a shirt he got there that wasn’t licensed.
And yesterday, they had a sign up what said, “$5 T-Shirts.”
And here’s the scene from early August 2011.
(Is this an ongoing bidness? Does the gas station owner get a piece of this action as well?)
Now I didn’t stop to check things out or nothing, but, well, you tell me if you think I’m jumping to conclusions.
*You know, the Sunset District, but I’ve heard 19th Ave. being described part of the Inner Sunset, the Middle Sunset, and the Outer Sunset so I don’t know…>