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Confectioners in Saudi Arabia have sparked controversy with their latest sweet-sounding deal: a free litre of petrol for every customer who buys a chocolate bar.

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But the promotions have spurred an outcry from Saudi economists who claim the giveaways exemplify the Kingdom's wasteful attitude to its oil reserves, the world's second largest. Local analysts have warned of economic disaster if Saudi continues its current high rate of energy consumption.

Chocolate bars typically cost about $0.50 in the Kingdom, while a litre of petrol retails for $0.80.



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I found this funny. Pretty accurate commentary on the wastefulness of the oil-rich nations around the Arabian Gulf.
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Do they ship that abroad?
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Maybe they'll sell more gas as everyone gets fat from the hundreds (or thousands) of chocolate bars they buy per year.
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That reminds of something Jesse Ventura would say. I like that.
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Oil prices have reached a new high record and they are giving it away for free? Have they never heard of global warming, scarcity or maximizing profits?
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Oil prices have reached a new high record and they are giving it away for free? Have they never heard of global warming, scarcity or maximizing profits?


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So the Arab dictators are maximizing their utility over time by giving away free oil, but gaining extra years of reigning the land? That sounds more logical indeed.
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Bomb them.
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So the Arab dictators are maximizing their utility over time by giving away free oil, but gaining extra years of reigning the land? That sounds more logical indeed.


Bloody economists. *reads and re-reads*

I think so, yeah. No use maximising profits over the long-term if you're not safely in control of the oil, sort of thing.
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Step 1: Buy heaps of chocolate bars @ $0.50, get free litre of petrol.
Step 2: Sell free petrol @ $0.80

So, one of you set up a supply line, someone else get me some cash reserves and another eight of you come up with some awful and convoluted action-filled plan, and we can go Oceans 11 on the Saudi royals.
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Pretty sure this is meant to be a "lol, we have so much oil we can give it away, sux2bu" sort of thing.
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Bloody economists. *reads and re-reads*

I think so, yeah. No use maximising profits over the long-term if you're not safely in control of the oil, sort of thing.


That doesn't seem to be it though. The companies who sell chocolate and stuff are the ones coming up with it.
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That doesn't seem to be it though. The companies who sell chocolate and stuff are the ones coming up with it.


Oh, missed that. Still, they couldn't do it if the Saudis restricted oil supplies, I guess.
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And people say we are terrible people


Do you give out free petrol with chocolate? No. Bastards.
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With people do you mean the Jews? If so, not we don't think the Jews are terrible people, just you.
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That's not what the politics thread said.
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#23
Liter.

It's a free liter.

Still a good deal, but you're going to have to buy a shitload of candy bars to fill up. What I don't understand is why they didn't just cut out the middleman and make a liter of gas $0.50?
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Well, that makes buying fuel either 0,5 or 0,8$/L.
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If I had a litre of gas every time I bought a chocolate bar...
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u obv dont live here boi were the fack is glasgow neway sounds liek terrorist place 2 me just liek this thrad is obv about arabs savng munny to make mor boms
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That's not what the politics thread said.

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So the Arab dictators are maximizing their utility over time by giving away free oil, but gaining extra years of reigning the land? That sounds more logical indeed.


Thing is though, in Saudi Arabia it seems like more of a gimmick than anything else. They have a relatively small middle class, low percentage of Shiites, ex-pats living there happily free of income tax. They don't really have a reason to revolt. It seems prophylactic more than anything else. It's still HUGELY wasteful, for the reasons you mentioned in your first post (global warming, high oil prices on a the global market in general, etc)
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****ing awesome. If you got it, flaunt it, lol.
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I like the planet and I find this offensive.

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