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Rising gas prices hit everyone

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:10 PM

Consumers are complaining about rising gas prices, but the workers behind the counter are just as frustrated.

"Last summer it was $2.50 a gallon and I remember two years ago when it was under $2," said Austin Kromer, 19, a cashier at Marathon. "I understand the frustration."

Kromer said local distributors have to follow pricing regulations handed down from corporate headquarters.

"I've changed gas prices three times in a single shift," he said. "It's whenever you get a call," he said, and not an option for local control.

David Carter, manager of the Marathon station, said the store just gets a call from management whenever the company wants to raise prices.

"I drive from Sandusky every day," he said. "I'm in the same boat" as other people who suffer from higher gas prices.

"It is a speculative market," Carter said.

Kromer said he believes rising gas prices will lead to innovations.

"It will jump start technology," he said. "I did a research paper for college on solar power. Alternatives become more affordable as gas prices rise."

That doesn't mean relief any time soon for consumers.

"They stink," was what one anonymous consumer said about rising gas prices.

"I just think it is ridiculous," said Ashley Miller, 21, after a stop at a gas station. "I definitely won't be going out as much.

Kory Wolcott, 17, said high gas prices mean more work for him to be able to enjoy his free time.

"It means I have to work a whole lot of extra hours at work to spend some time with my friends," he said. Wolcott works at K-Mart to earn spending money.

Here are today’s prices for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline at service stations in Norwalk:

Marathon (Whittlesey) - $3.35

West Side Sunoco - $3.35

Dave’s Sunoco - $3.35

Rich (Benedict)  - $3.35

Sunrise - $3.36

Hy-Miler - $3.42

B.P. - $3.39

Shell - $3.39

Rich (Milan)  - $3.39

IGA - $3.39

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