Man Trades Baby Name for $100 Gas Card

Free fuel on offer for everything from brothels to bloodbanks
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2008 11:56 AM CDT
A motorist gets ready to pump gasoline into her minivan at the Mobil Station in Andover, Mass., July 16, 2008.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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(Newser) – An Orlando man agreed to name his baby after two local radio hosts in exchange for a gift card worth $100 of gasoline, Reuters reports. The listener will collect the card in December, when his son is born, after producing a birth certificate. He's not the only American susceptible to offers of free gas these days: from brothels to churches, fuel has become a better lure than cash.

At the Shady Lady Ranch in Nevada, repeat customers will get a $50 gas voucher to mitigate the cost of the commute. That's a better deal than at St. Ann's Parish in Massachusetts, where only one lucky parishioner a week gets to go home with a $50 gas card. Want to hit the mother lode? Try giving blood; the American Red Cross will be rewarding one donor with free fuel for a year.