Gas Store Clerks Speak Out

Gas Store Clerks Speak Out
By: CJ Cassidy

Cape Girardeau, MO - Ac
cording to the latest figures
,
the average cost of a gallon of gas in the
M
idwest is about
$ 2.55 a gallon. That's
almost
$ 0.70
higher than we paid per gallon this time last year
.

S
o it's no surprise folks are angry
, but who is their anger directed at?
S
tation attendant
H
eather
B
urrows says most people aren't laughing when it comes to the high cost of gas
.

I
n fact she says some people are downright mean.

"T

hey come in an
d
say
"I
can't believe gas prices
. They have
never been this
high, I
'm not gonna pay this
;
everyone needs to sit at home and not go anywhere
" " Heather says.

M
ike
C
rowell just started working for the
DM
art in
F
ruitland.
N
ow he wonders if he made the right decision.

"The higher the gas prices, the shorter their tempers. No one so far has been

physical
ly abusive,
just given me real attitude just slamming stuff down
and I just want to say
sorry it's not my fault
," Crowell says.

"T

hey don't understand we pay the same price we don't get a discount
either," Heather adds.

C
ustomer
S
usan
L
ozier admits gas prices wrongfully fueled her rants and raves at gas station clerks.

"I've

just complained about prices being so high and
I
know it's not their fault but it's somebody to take it out on
," she explains.

Meanwhile Heather
B
urrows says she's learned to handle irate customers.
I
t's the large number of drive offs at the pump
,
that have increased along with the price of gas that
gives her a headache.

E
nergy experts say increases in crude oil prices, along with a number of refinery outages that reduced the supply of gasoline, led to higher pump prices.

P
rices are likely to increase over the next few weeks, but analysts say they may drop after
L
abor
D
ay, as demand falls once people go back to school and work.