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Ask Marilyn: Odd and Even-Numbered Date Gas Rationing
Michael Marcus of Fort Lee, New Jersey, writes:
Marilyn: Does designating odd and even dates for purchasing gasoline based on license plate numbers make any difference? Some people say it does, and some say it doesn't.
The practice isn't really rationing. Instead, it simply reduces lines, but it does a good job of that, helping save both a little gas and many freakouts while waiting. Yet half the people will be really unhappy if the practice is begun near the end of a month with 31 days!