Gas price hike hits 20-year high

Just last week, prices hit their highest level since 2008. That figure has fallen from an average of $3.90 to $3.94.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – This is the highest the gas has been in decades and has already impacted many people, from businesses to everyday travellers.

“I just filled up and it was $75 to fill up, so that’s a lot,” resident Brian Callies said.

It’s just in regular gas. Callies said her truck can burn through a full tank in a week. He said if prices continue to rise it could be difficult for the everyday traveler to afford to go out normally.

“That small change, it doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s enough where it cripples the ability to do their job,” he said.

Callies said it could even affect how her small business serves customers.

“It drives me away from going to see my clients and doing that one-on-one interaction,” he said. “We have to start doing everything over the phone, zoom in and that kind of brings us back to this pandemic-like environment that we just don’t leave.”

Just last week, prices hit their highest level since 2008. That figure has fallen from an average of $3.90 to $3.94. James Pest Management chairman Lanier James said he was speechless.

“We’ve tried to protect our customers as much as possible, but we’re reaching a point where we can’t absorb it. It’s actually amazing,” James said.

If prices continue to rise, he will have to make adjustments to the company’s services.

“The cost, we’ve done that before with no cost increase. If we have a cost increase, we’ll try to bring it down as much as possible, it can be a time of sacrifice,” James said.

In the past 20 years, this is the biggest leap in the space of a few weeks.

Richard L. Militello