With fuel prices so high and with pumps being locked around CA, people are hostile at the pumps. I spent 46 minutes yesterday waiting for fuel at our local Costco. Cheapest place in town. Every other station was $4.39-$4.45 a gal.
My car is full, so I took the truck to top off. If gas is becoming an oddity around my neighborhood I need it full. It is now. But while myself and my family sat there waiting, I saw people being quite rude to others. Veering around cars almost hitting people pumping gas. Honking. Yelling. We got stared at a bit I think due to trying to get fuel for the gas hog.
Thats fine stare away I told my children. Ive waited in this line as long as the other guy. I will get fuel. And with that we sat and enjoyed the show of angry people.
Here is a picture of when we arrived. Notice the guy in silver car infront of us in this picture. He kept shutting off car. starting it, reving it.
Well we are going to the line to that cars left. Which is where attendant has told us to go. There we go now we are in correct line. Sit and wait. Takes approx 5-6 minutes per car with no one able to move till front pump car leaves. So quite a hold up. Thats ok, Im in no hurry. Have my family with me. People are honking, yelling HURRY UP, and trying to squeeze their cars through the pumps to leave. Its utter Chaos!
See the fella to the left with the silver SUV? He had to basically climb onto his bumber to avoid getting hit by someone squeezing between pumps to leave.
We we are almost there. Guy infront of us is pumping fuel. SUV Infront of him is MIA no one is at vehicle?? You pay at the pump. So Im not sure where they went.
WOOHOOO!! It took 38 minutes but WE MADE IT! Here are the prices ive waited for. Im getting octane 87 of course!
By the time we are filled up and able to leave, had to wait for front pump person to move it took us 46 minutes from beginning to end to get fuel. And another 13 minutes to get out of parking lot. Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY! It $4.39 at local Arco and long lines! I just paid $4.17. thats a 22 cent per gallon difference and NO FEE (35 cent fee at Arco) to fill so that saved me another .35 cents. I got 12 gallons. At arco that would have costed me $56.54. But I waited and saved $2.78. Now some people may think thats not worth their time. It was worth my time. Im trying to raise a family in trying financial times.
With my Hubby commuting to work we spend enough on fuel a month! Anything I can save is worth my time. Last month (September) when fuel was quite a bit less we spent $350.93 on fuel. Our daily drivers get 28-30 Mpg on highway and mine gets 18 around town which is where I usually stay. So Hubby gets great mileage. My fuel in my car lasts 3 weeks. His about 5-6 days.
Here are some of the things people are saying about the fuel prices in CA right now.
“Its partially because of The Richmond Refinery fire”
“12 Costco stores are completely out of gas in S. California due to the great Obama gas shortage of 2012. Gas set to go over $5.”
Now the attendant at the local Arco told my friend to expect gas prices to soar to $5.00 this weekend and $6.00 next weekend.
If your in SO CAL. Fill up! Keep it full! And be-careful out there with the hostile people at the gas pumps! And get the app “Gas Buddy” for your cell phone. It will lead you to cheapest fuel!
Stay safe.. Thanks for stopping by..