Miami Heat’s star forward Jimmy Butler got a case of sticker shock when he filled up his exotic car at a California gas station.
“This is highway f–king robbery,” Butler complained while he pumped premium into his Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport at a gas station in Los Angeles.
Still sweaty from a work out, the 34-year-old small forward stared at the price on the pump in astonishment.
The camera zoomed in on the digital display at Jack Colker’s Union 76 Gas Station in Beverly Hills, to reveal that the hoops star’s ride cost him $145 for just less than 20 gallons of gas.
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“Man, I’m trying to get some of this gas back,” Butler told the cameraman.
“Do you think if I go in there and tell them I put the wrong gas in here they’ll give me a refund? This is crazy; I’m going electric,” he asked while returning the extremely expensive pump to it’s cradle.
In a follow-up video from his $3.6 million dollar vehicle, Butler was still shocked by what he just spent on a fill-up.
“Can ya’ll believe it costs $145 to fill up a Bugatti? This is crazy! … Unheard of. Bugattis, man,” he said as he merged into traffic.
According to Fox News, the cost of regular gas in Southern California is almost $7 dollars a gallon, while premium, which is what Butler likely put in his sports car, hit $7.19.
At $6.89 per gallon in some locations, Los Angeles gas prices are more than three dollars higher than the national average of $3.835.
Oil executive Andy Lipow said that refinery outages in the state were behind the skyrocketing prices.
“There have been a series of them starting with Hurricane Hilary, which caused some power outages, followed by problems at Chevron refineries” he said of the company’s locations in Los Angeles and the Bay area.
To make matters worse, another refinery in Torrance is undergoing scheduled maintenance on several of their gas making units.
California currently has 14 oil refineries, which are able to process over 1.6 million barrels of crude oil daily, but capacity is down 9.5% since 2020.
90% of the state’s gas comes from the 14 refineries, which will be at almost half capacity at the end of 2023, when Phillips 66 closes it’s Bay Area refinery for good.
Lipow noted that gasoline inventories on the West Coast were at the lowest levels since October 2022, which has negatively impacted California’s neighboring states.
According to the AAA, drivers in Arizona are paying an average of $4.69 per gallon, while gas in Oregon is three cents higher at $4.72, and Nevada residents are shelling out an eye-watering $5.19 a gallon.
The rates have sharply risen from last month, when Arizona’s average price per gallon was $4.31, while Nevada was only paying $4.49.
Oddly prices have remained stable, albeit high in Oregon, where residents have actually experienced a two cent decrease from the month prior.