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Surging gas prices hitting many drivers hard

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Another day, another dollar. Several dollars if you've visited a gas pump in the past few days. The cost of gas has gone up again.

That has many people wondering what they're going to do to get by.

"Saturday we spent $3.51 on gas, and here it is Wednesday, and it's $3.77," Candace Soles of Wilmington said.

AAA says gas prices have risen nearly 22 cents in the past week. That has many people cutting back to compensate.

"We won't be going out very often," Soles said. "We don't go out a ton now. I drive to and from work, and that's about it. And won't be doing much more than that for sure."

Those who have no choice but to drive to, from and during work are finding their trips to the pump becoming too pricey.

"It's generally going up to about $15 a day in gas," taxi driver Joshua Price said.

Price says this cuts roughly $50 to 100 in profit every three days. Other taxi drivers are feeling their purse strings tighten as well.

"The meter is the same, the tipping is the same, but we are losing from our profit," driver Amzn Sal said.

Food deliver service Surfside Express is seeing different effects from the jump in gas prices.

"I have the delivery drivers. I have a high turnover rate due to the gas prices," owner Josh Cleghorn said. "On the other hand a lot of customers are ordering a little more to stay in."

With no feasible alternatives to gasoline, businesses are looking for different solutions to save a penny.

"We try to just consolidate the runs to one driver if it's going towards one direction of town," Cleghorn said.

Cleghorn says he also tries to help his drivers out when they're struggling to make enough money.

He says his employees make most of their money off tips. Many delivery services require employees to pay their own gas, so don't forget to tip your delivery drivers well.

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The gas prices are outrageous. If it is going to keep going up.. the cost of living needs to get fixed. Many people are living off hourly wadges that were fine a few years ago.. but, now.. you can't afford to do anything with what you get paid. You work and go home , just to pay bills, gas, and food. A life? what is that. You can't afford a life anymore. Something needs to CHANGE!!!

WWAY...you didn't report as to why??

For those of you aggravated by current events on fuel cost, and didn't read "WHY" this is happening now in this article, and that want in depth reporting as to why gas is priced the way it is...read this professional article.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/business/energy-environment/tensions-r...

WWAY...why didn't you copy and paste a link as I just did, to explain what is going on in this world causing fuel cost increases? Did you just want comments spewed out by readers getting their blood pressure up...or did you just forget to print the news story entirely?
I just had to say something about your journalism...or lack of!

It doesn't really matter...WHY...

WWAY didn't report as to "WHY" fuel prices are skyrocketing. They are reporting on the "impact" it is having on local citizens. How can you criticize journalism when you lack the comprehension skills to interpret it?
Whether or not WWAY prints the "reasons" for fuel increases has zero effect on its readers "getting their blood pressure up". People are upset that so much of their money is required to get them to work and back, take them on vacations (or not) and otherwise affect the costs of everything else they buy including the basic neccessity of FOOD.
One more thing Kilroy! With all of the excuses, reasons and blunderbussing about what causes fuel prices to escalate is inconsequential to the results. From hurricanes, to snowstorms, to winter/summer conversions to Iran and their nuclear program, Syria, the Egyptian conflict up to and including the moon phases and the recent comet attack on Russia. It just doesn't matter, we've heard them all! The bottom line is, this sort of economic impact is killing the finances of those trying their best to support their families!

" How can you criticize

" How can you criticize journalism when you lack the comprehension skills to interpret it?"

Interpret what...an inconclusive shortened news report? I don't know what your idea of reading the news consist of Guesttenheimer, but undoubtedly you depend on local news for an in depth report on "only" the FX you've mentioned.
I suppose when you read where some product is bad for you...you don't care to know why huh?

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Your linked article?
From Feb 2012

A whole year ago..........

Vog

Sorry Vog...pasted the wrong

Sorry Vog...pasted the wrong link:
http://www.dallasnews.com/business/energy/20130220-despite-drilling-gas-...
Dallas news...from the Washington Post.....

great comments......

so far...yes, how that HOAX and change working out for you gutless idiot libs? If GWB were still president y'all would be howling and blaming Bush and Cheney. What say you now? Hmmm? Silence....

What Say I Now???

I say it must be our Communist Socialist Fascist Muslim Kenyan gun-grabbin' President's fault.

High fuel prices mean cascading price increases for EVERYTHING!

As fuel prices escalate, so do transportation costs, so do production costs. Food prices are through the roof and continuing to rise. $6.00 for a container of pimento cheese? Near $4.00 for a chemical-laden loaf of bread that molds out in 3 days? All costs roll down hill to the consumer. Everything we buy goes up in price with every jump in fuel costs. Everybody wants their dollar and they grasp at it like there will be no tomorrow.

Now, isn't it funny how food and energy costs ARE NOT factored in or even considered with the rate of inflation calculations? Yet THOSE directly related prices are the neccessities we all depend on and rising at a phenomenal rate! We wonder why nobody is saving anything these days? We wonder why crime is up? We wonder why food stamp consumption has doubled in the las 3 years? Wonder no more, it's right in front of you in black and white: NO JOBS, Explosive medical care costs, $3.80/gal. gasoline, $4.10 gal Diesel and illegal aliens sucking the goverment teat for all she's got all the while NOT paying their due in taxes. There's much more, but the point is made.

This economy is going downhill so fast it isn't funny. It's just too bad the people of this country weren't able to see the writing on the wall during the last presidential election. We have an economic crisis on hand with the poverty levels rising faster than ever before. The average family is quickly and abruptly being stymied from any form of success. The hard working people that built this great country are the big losers of today faced with the inability to provide even the basic neccessities for their families INCLUDING PROPER HEALTHCARE!

Just wait

Puppet Pat is going to make all you poors suffer even more when he raises energy rates for his cronies at Duke Energy, cuts your unemployment and Medicaid and eventually does away with state income tax to help his rich friends. To make up for it, we'll have a 9% sales tax. Stop blaming Obama when it's GOPers like McCrory who are truly hurting this state!

Oh, bummer,

Let's see. The Gas prices doubled from $2 to $4 during the first 4 years... inauguration was a Month ago...

It's part of the Obama

It's part of the Obama recovery.

Gas Prices

Obama was on national TV and promised that gas AND electricity prices would skyrocket to pay for his green energy program which gave billions to his cronies and failed. So those who reelected him have no justification to complain.

If the people voted to

If the people voted to re-elect Obama have no reason to complain, then why are you complaining?

I didn't

I didn't vote for 0bummer.

Well not only has gas gone

Well not only has gas gone up, taxes have increased, homeowners insurance has increased, corn prices are through the roof, killing gas mileages and costing us an average of 26% on miles to the gallon, electricity is gonna rise, and you are going to have 11 million new neighbors draining more on the system. how's that HOPE and CHANGE working out for yaw? (and on a side note, when this man was running for office first go around he said publically he had no problem with 7 to 8 dollar a gallon gas, so this should come as no surprise to anyone.)

While

Obama isn't the ONLY reason we are here...his policies have helped us get here. WE the people re-elected a man with FAILED policies...we deserve EXACTLY what we get! The poor will be hit the HARDEST here...they voted for the man now they need to suck it up!

Yeh....we never saw crazy

Yeh....we never saw crazy fuel prices like this under the Bush admin?!

I know...

People who keep quoting that $2 gas price on inauguration always conveniently forget that just a few months before it was at or near $4/gallon. It's like the 4 years before inauguration day never happened.

re: Yeh...

not for the length of time we have under this Administration. How's that "Hope & Change" working for you?