Tesco shopper fills up car with bottles of cooking oil as fuel prices surge

This is the bizarre moment a Tesco shopper fills up his car with a trolley full of cooking oil outside a supermarket car park.

The scene was spotted by local resident Mark Rainford while he was out buying groceries at Congleton in Cheshire on Tuesday (March 15) afternoon.

In the video he posted on Facebook, the man is seen putting his shopping bags into the boot before opening a bottle of cooking oil.

He turns around and pours it straight to the fuel tank.

Some passing-by drivers stop by to watch him filling his car with vegetable. The man even talks to a shopper and gives a thumbs up while continuing to fill up.

Mark Rainford told Cheshire Live: "I filmed it and as I walked past him he was taking all the tops off the bottles first, that's what made me laugh. He had clearly thought it through."

Viewers commented on Mark's post and pointed out this could be the effect of recent oil prices surge.

One said: "Bio diesel! He may not be stupid after all! Depending on how his filter system is working, quite a clever move!"

"Great, won't be able to buy cooking oil next week because the price will increase and everywhere will be sold out," a second added.

A third joked: "Should have gone to Aldi, would have saved a fortune!"

This comes after the a spike in fuel prices in recent weeks due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The latest UK forecourt figures from data company Experian Catalist showed a record-breaking figure on Tuesday, with the average cost a litre of petrol hitting 165p, while diesel was 176p.

But the Treasury committee was told that prices could increase much further if geopolitical tensions keep oil prices high.

Petrol could rise to £2.50 per litre and diesel could hit the £3 mark .

"Consumers need to get ready for continued rises in fuel prices," said Nathan Piper, the head of oil and gas research at Investec bank told Guardian.

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