Jump at the Pump

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Drivers lined up around the block, all to fill up at the Kroger on MLK and Holmes. The deal that had dozens waiting at the pump? $3.58 for a gallon of regular. That was the cheapest we spotted. A far second -- $3.83 on Pennsylvania and Jolly. Evelyn Campbell got the heads up from her sister.

"She called and said Admiral is $3.83 everywhere else is $4.17. I said, 'I'm on my way.' And I have two vehicles so I came and gased up the other vehicle, ran home and brought my truck back to fill it up."

And just when her tank was full, it started overflowing.

"Gas just started pouring out, and that's the last thing i need with these prices," she said.

Still it's lucky she gased up when she did. Minutes later, the price caught up to the $4.17 we're seeing all over town.

"I'm still dealing with it being over a dollar a gallon so this is really outrageous to me," she said.

Outrageous indeed, if you ask Casey Gloden. He got stuck with $4.17 at the pump.

"I only put $20 in today, it's getting a little too expensive to fill up," he said.

Especially because he delivers auto parts for a living.

"We have five kids between the two of us so yeah, one of them always needs to go somewhere, so any extracurricular activity, we have to cut that out," said Gloden.

So, what kind of damage are we talking about?

"$104 to be exact," said Jerry Frazier.

That hurts, because Frazier treks 40 miles one way to work.

"Making fewer trips into town, if you live in the country, just one trip a week," he said.

And the driving doesn't stop once he's on the job.

"I may be in Howell today or Brighton or Battle Creek, back up to St. Johns," she said.

Even the deal of the day, that $3.58 at Kroger, caught up to $4.17 by 6 p.m. Monday.

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