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Atlanta banks giving away free gas

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SMYRNA, GA (CBS46) -

Some happy drivers got free gasoline Wednesday morning thanks to a metro Atlanta bank, and more drivers will get the same treatment on Thursday.

Employees from Community & Southern Bank and Family Savings Credit Union gave away $20 gas cards Wednesday morning to the first 200 people at two different RaceTrac gas stations.

One was at the Spring Road location in Smyrna, and the other was on South Marietta Parkway in Marietta.  The gas giveaway is to draw attention to the "Take Back Your Banking" initiative.

The bank is joining nearly 40 other community banks and credit unions across the country to simultaneously take over gas stations across the country. Other participating cities include Dallas, Phoenix, St. Paul, MN and Portland, OR. The idea is to encourage people to switch from the so-called 'mega-banks.'

"Gas prices and banking fees are at the top of the list with a lot of consumers," said Lawanna Saxon, a spokeswoman for Community & Southern Bank. "They're just getting gouged right now, and so it was a great way to come out here to the community and get people's attention by giving away some free gas."

Sholen Powell was one of the lucky customers who showed up before the gas cards ran out at 9:40 a.m. He said the $20 will only fill up about a third of his gas tank, but still, he was thrilled to get it.

"A little bit is better than having none at all, so I really appreciate that," said Powell. 

On Thursday, a different bank, Family Savings Credit Union, will give away $20 gas cards at RaceTrac's Hiram store located at 5882 Wendy Bagwell Pkwy. The gas giveaway will take place from 9 -11 a.m. or until the first 200 people show up.

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