Trainspotter 0 Posted June 13, 2008 Share #1 Posted June 13, 2008 Drivers a-gassed at $5 full-serve BY EDGAR SANDOVAL and BILL HUTCHINSON DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS June 13th 2008 Flabber-gas-ted! [float=right] Costanza for News "This is robbery," says Juan Fernandez of gas price at Mobil station on 10th Ave. at W. 30th St. [/float]The price of fuel at some city pumps soared above $5 a gallon Thursday, leaving beleaguered drivers like Angel Villnueva of the Bronx fretting over how high it might go. "What are you doing?" Villnueva screamed at an attendant changing the price of full-service supreme to $5.09 a gallon on the sign in front of the Mobil station at W. 30th St. and 11th Ave. in Manhattan. "It's tougher when you see it being done in your face," said the 31-year-old auto mechanic. "They're supposed to change prices weekly, right? Not every day." When Brooklyn bartender Max Gardener, 24, noticed the lofty price for full-service supreme, he got back into his car and swung it around to the self-serve side. "I'm pumping my own," Gardener said. "I won't be surprised to see $5 on this side soon." The price for regular statewide has climbed to an average of $4.22 a gallon, AAA said. In the city, regular was going for as high as $4.70 a gallon at the Lukoil station on Bruckner Blvd. in the Bronx, according to the Web site Newyorkgasprices.com. "This is an exaggeration!" said taxi driver Jean Edwards, 45, staring in disbelief at the $5.09-a-gallon price for full-service supreme at the Mobil station on W. 14th St. and 10th Ave. "You don't make money anymore," the cabbie griped. "And you can't raise the prices on customers. It's illegal. It's too much." Pointing to her 2006 Subaru, Isabel Rubio, 51, said, "This has to go." "We have to go green," said Rubio, as she fueled her car. "It's not just gas prices. It affects all other prices - food, milk, everything - and makes it harder to get by." Restaurant waiter Nick Watson, 26, of Queens bought a Kawasaki motorcycle to cope with the gas crisis. "It used to be $5, then $6, then $7 to fill the tank," Watson said as he filled up at the W. 14th St. Mobil. "Now it's $8.43, but it still beats driving a car." Meanwhile, Exxon Mobil Corp., which earned nearly $41 billion last year, announced plans Thursday to sell its 2,200 company-owned gas stations, saying they aren't profitable enough. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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