Gas prices jump nearly 30 cents to start the week

By: Brandon Lewis Email
By: Brandon Lewis Email

Long lines formed at some gas stations that waited to increase prices until later in the day, but by day's end the average price was $4.17/gallon.

"I did not see it coming. I remember when gas was just at $3.00 and it went up and everyone was freaking out. Now it's going all the way up past $4.00," said driver Chris Houk.

During the evening commute a few gas stations along Portage Road continued selling gas for $3.88/gallon, much to the delight of drivers.

Cars began to stack six deep as drivers jockeyed to fill their tanks.

"I was just like let me get in this line because i don't know when it's going to go up," said Jonelle Reid as she filled her SUV.

Other drivers made multiple trips fearing gas would go even higher.

"This is the second trip I've made i took the other car first and now this one. This car stays in the garage as much as possible, but my wife still burns up the gas so it has to be used. My other car gets 50 miles a gallon. This one doesn't," said Herb Schwelnus, who owns a hybrid and a less fuel efficient full-size sedan.

The spike in prices came after nearly two weeks of prices averaging $3.94/gallon.

"When is it going to stop? Next it'll be $4.50? Or $5.00? Then what? What do you do?," questioned Reid.

Experts previously said $4.00/gallon was the threshold for changes to consumer spending.

Some drivers said they're already looking for additional sources of income.

"I gotta get more hours at work just so I can drive around and just get to where i need to go," said Houk.

Around 5:45 p.m. Meijer changed its exterior sign to $4.15/gallon, but kept the price at the pump $3.88/gallon until drivers in line purchased their fuel.

Unfortunately some last minute drivers missed the deal.

"When I pulled up at the pump the gas was $3.88. I go pay, come out, it's $4.15. I'm very disappointed," said Jayla White.

This time last year gas averaged $2.77/gallon.

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