High Gas Prices Hurt More Than Consumers


While gas prices are through the roof, it is station clerks who are feeling the heat this Memorial Day Weekend.

Often, they pay the price of angry drivers.

If anyone has a reason to be upset with gas prices it is Schererville resident Cindy Vaught.

Vaught said, "I drive 80 miles one way so it's 160 miles a day. I use 4 gallons of gas a day and I fill up everyday cause I don't know what I’m going to run into on the toll road."

She says she meets a lot of gas station attendants, many of whom often receive the unsolicited venting and blame for the arm-and-a-leg prices.

She added, "It's not their fault. They're nice people in there. They'll help you if you need it. It's not their fault. You shouldn't treat them rudely."

Karen Kunz, gas station clerk says, "A lot of them have been coming in and asking us to predict if gas is going to go up anymore or if it will go down, if we follow suit with other stations as far as our prices."

She also said, "Shouldn't ask them that. They don't know. They know as much as we do when gas prices are going up."

Money handed to them is always appreciated, since customers have been known to toss dollars and change at the clerks while leaving in a huff.

Paul Barber, commuter says, "Shouldn't be throwing stuff at them or bad words. Whatever, it's the oil companies like I said, making the price go up, the clerks can't do anything about it. They're just doing their job."

The stations we stopped at line very busy State Road 933.

However despite the crowded roads, the stations themselves mirrored a ghost town.

So as prices rise and stations see a lack in sales, the next time you meet a station clerk, just remember it is not their fault.


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