23. Gasoline Prices Hit Record High

Residents of southern California are trying to get to skyrocketing prices for gasoline. The average price 87 octane economy gas is $2.22, almost 30 higher today than it was 12 months ago. lowest gas price in the Southland right now $2.09 a gallon at the Seashell station in . The station manager, Everett, said the reason his is cheaper than elsewhere is that he bought lot of gas two years ago at reduced , so he is passing his savings on to customers.
The lines at the Seashell station often 10 to 20 vehicles long. The police have here several times because cars block traffic on Drive. Everett said, “I tell people in line the Barco station a block away is only .14, but they’d rather wait and save 5 cents. ’s OK with me, of course. I don’t mind money.”
A young man pumping gas said he waited in line for 20 minutes. When asked he didn’t go a block away where there no lines, he said, “Every penny counts. When bought this ’99 Bummer, gas was only $1 gallon, which was pretty cheap. So, even though only get eight miles per gallon, I wasn’t that much to fill my tank. But today’s are killing me. I drive to work, and drive to the grocery store. That’s it. I to drive around the neighborhood just to show my wheels, but I can’t do that any .”