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High gas prices affect local deliveries

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WILMINGTON--Ryan Crowe runs Pizza Joes in Wilmington. He says high gas prices are affecting his business. "If they keep going up I'm not sure what we're going to do. It's getting harder and harder to find delivery drivers that are willing to drive without paying them more and giving them more for each delivery." To offset the extra cost at the pump, Crowe pays his drivers an extra dollar $1.50 per delivery. "It definitetly has me concerned about the pizza delivery business and where it might be going." Crowe is not the only one concerned. Shelia McNamee owns Azalea Coast Florist. She now requires a $45.00 dollar minimum purchase for flower delivery and all deliveries must be within a 20 mile radius. "Its not the way you want to run your businesses, our business is purely service orieneted, it makes it more difficult, we have to be more creative with our deliveries." Both businesses are reluctant to increase prices, but say there's no other option. McNamee says, "I just ask our customers to be patient with us, we're in the same situation they are except my whole industry revolves around gas and delivery." "I guess where going to take it one slice at a time."

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Delivery people

I know people who do deliveries are having a rough time because of the high gas prices. I know I am. I am a rural carrier for the Postal Service, I have to furnish my own vehicle for my deliveries. We are not as lucky as the city carriers of which are furnished a vehicle and gas in which they make their deliveries from. I use my own vehicle to make 700 deliveries per day. My route is 36 miles long. So in the 36 miles I stop and start 700 times each day. It takes me around 4 hours to drive that 36 miles. I also have to stop and start the normal amount of times as any other driver and travel to and from the office at regular highway speeds. While on my route I get between 5 and 7 miles per gallon with a 6 cylinder engine. My vehicle holds 16 gallons of gas and I have to fill up every other day. So right now I am spending around 150.00 per week on gas to deliver the mail and drive 7 miles one way to and from work. The Postal Service pays me 162.00 per week for me furnishing my vehicle. I have 12.00 per week left over after buying gas to pay for upkeep, tires and brakes. I usually have to replace my tires once a year (14,300 miles)and replace my brake pads every 4 months or so. 2 years ago we used about half our allowance for gas and had the other half to keep tires and brakes and do regular upkeep with, but now it is taking almost everything they pay us for using our own vehicle just to buy gas with. Think of this the next time you see a regular car with a yellow flashing light on top as they pull up to your mail box. Most all of us are having to dig deep into our own pockets in order to deliver your mail. You city carriers really have it made. No, you don't get the 162.00 per week for EMA, but you aren't having to wear your own vehicle out for 2.00 a day compensation either. The Postal Service knows where "they" are getting the biggest bang for their buck.