Tempers Rising Along With Gas Prices
Posted on May 30, 2006
Drivers are taking out their frustration at sky-high gas prices by yelling at clerks and sometimes driving off without paying.
Could this be the locus of a populist uprising against the administration that abetted this situation?
LOS ANGELES - Tempers are rising along with gas prices. Gas stations across the country report that drivers are taking out their gas rage against big oil by yelling at clerks and cashiers and sometimes driving off without paying.
“Everyone is suffering at the same time,” said Sam Shirazie, a clerk at a Chevron station east of downtown Los Angeles. “If I could help to reduce that pain, I would.”
No detailed statistics are kept on incidents of gas rage. But the National Association of Convenience Stores said anecdotal evidence indicates they have increased since prices began climbing in February.