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Here's why we gave out free $50 bills to drivers at a Vancouver gas station

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On Nov. 23, 2021, Vancouver Is Awesome went to a local gas station and handed out $50 bills to the first few people we saw who kept their purchases under the 30-litre limit that the government has mandated, to help us avoid a gas shortage following the recent flooding.

At $1.59/litre that day, fifty bucks was just enough to cover their fill-ups.

The video we published of us crashing the Chevron at Main and 12th Ave (which we nearly got kicked out of) has so far been seen 54,000 times on Instagram, 50,000 times on TikTok, it has garnered thousands of likes, and has been shared hundreds of times.

Our intention was to shine a light on people doing their part while bringing smiles to the faces of some motorists. The by-product was that it brought smiles to a bunch of people on social media.

It wasn't meant as a charity initiative like the time we raised $2,700 for the Deaf Children's Society of B.C. and the Great Vancouver Food Bank, or our recent $26,000 donation to the Orange Shirt Society and the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society.

No, our Random Act of Awesome at a gas station was meant to somewhat randomly pay it forward to everyday Vancouverites, and it's one of many to come. In the coming weeks and months we'll continue to hit the streets, surprising people with gifts and cash.

We'll be launching our Random Acts of Awesome videos to our @vancouverisawesome TikTok account, so please follow along there as we aim to brighten up your day.