Rishi Sunak struggled to pay for a can of his beloved Coca-Cola at a gas station today, sparking a flood of bewildered reactions on social media.
The Chancellor, fresh from his spring statement, staged a photo op after announcing fuel tax would be cut by 5p a liter in his spring statement yesterday.
The reduction will be implemented at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and will last until March 2023.
Record price at the pump
The RAC warned the measure could only be reflected in prices at the pump once retailers purchase new fuel at the lower rate, as duties are levied on bulk purchases.
Asda was the first major retailer to confirm it would cut prices, with a reduction of 6p per liter on petrol and diesel.
Motorists have been hit by record high prices at the pumps since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine drove up the cost of oil due to supply fears.
Retailers were also blamed for failing to pass on a wholesale cost reduction earlier this month.
Figures from data firm Experian Catalist show the average cost of a liter of petrol on UK forecourts on Tuesday was 167.3p, while diesel was 179.7p.
This is an increase of 18.0p per liter for petrol and 27.0p for diesel over the last month.
But it was an exchange at checkout that got most people talking.
Sunak was filmed paying for a can of Coke, but struggled with the basic purchase as he confused scanning the item with paying on his contactless card.
Needless to say, the reactions were quick to pour in.
Here’s what people had to say:
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