Manager believes BP station was targeted because of Gulf oil spill

The broken windows were replaced Thursday.
The broken windows were replaced Thursday.

By Chip Washington - bio | email

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - The owner of a BP gas station in Southaven believes his store was targeted over the weekend by vandals frustrated by the massive oil spill in the Gulf.

Store manager Andy Hadi said his gas station was damaged by someone early Sunday morning.

"We saw the video of a car come in from that side, sped up over there, maybe about five minutes, and we saw the glass broke down, and then they left," Hadi said.

Nothing inside the store was disturbed or taken, leading Hadi to believe that someone's frustration with BP may have been the cause of the attack.

"A lot of people are complaining about BP, and we try to explain to them we're not BP, we're just buying from BP," Hadi said. "We're just a private owner, you know?"

Hadi said he hears complaints daily from customers frustrated with the oil company.  For the most part, he tries to listen and be understanding, while emphasizing that neither he nor the store is to blame for the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico.

Thursday, the windows at Hadi's story were replaced, and he hoped things would soon return to normal.

"I don't want to see it again," he said. "It cost a lot of money, you know?"

Southaven Police Chief Tom Long said officers found a pipe near the broken windows that may have been used in the vandalism.  Gunshots, Long said, were not fired at the store.

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