Los Angeles motorists bemoaned surging prices at one local gas station that charged greater than $8 per gallon of standard this week – an indication of the brutal sticker shock that Californians and others across the country currently face while filling up their tanks.
A Chevron station in downtown Los Angeles was charging $8.05 this week – a price that was well above California’s nation-leading statewide average. While prices have since dropped back below $8, some drivers reportedly expressed shock at the associated fee.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” local resident Marvis Joy told the Los Angeles Times. Joy added that individuals in his hometown of St. Louis, Mo., “get upset” when prices jump above $4 per gallon.
One other driver who filled up on the station, Antonio Taylor, said he desired to buy an electrical Tesla to avoid the sky-high gas prices.
“These prices aren’t letting up anytime soon, truthfully, so I’m hoping I won’t need to be doing this for much longer,” Taylor told the outlet.
Gas prices topped $8 per gallon at one Chevron station in downtown LA.REUTERS
The Chevron station has faced criticism over its $8 price point. Employees on the station declined the Los Angeles Times’ request for comment on the costs.
Earlier this week, a spokesperson for Chevron told the Post that many aspects affect gas prices, “including some unique ones specific to California.”
“This station, together with nearly all of our branded stations in California, are owned by independent businesspeople who make their very own decisions concerning the prices to charge at their stations,” spokesperson Tyler Kruzich said in a press release.
Gas prices have surged to record highs in recent months.REUTERS
While the $8 per gallon cost could also be an outlier, California’s prices have significantly outpaced a national average that has routinely shattered record highs in recent days.
California’s statewide average was $6.246 as of Friday afternoon, based on AAA data. That was far higher than the national average of $4.761, which was an all-time high.
Prices in California are so high that they’ve outpaced the federal hourly minimum wage in some locations.
Prices have also surged in Recent York, where the statewide average has hit $4.817 – with prices climbing above $5 in Recent York City and another metro areas.
Earlier this week, the pinnacle of the International Energy Agency warned that fuel shortages this summer could rival the shocks experienced throughout the Seventies gas crisis.