GAS PRICES: 12 straight days of increases irk customers
On the 12th day of gas-price increases, Alberto Castro-Mendoza pulled into the Shell station at the intersection of Iowa Avenue and Blaine Street in Riverside, California.
It didn’t feel like Christmas.
Castro-Mendoza, 22, usually shops around, but on Tuesday, April 15, he was in a rush. So he stopped at a station, that with no competitors nearby, turned out to have the highest prices in Riverside County — $4.59 for regular, $4.67 for midgrade and $4.75 for premium — according to the website GasBuddy.com.
The prices, said Castro-Mendoza, an unemployed Army veteran, “are ridiculous. They’re manipulative. They’re evil.”
“The direct impact on consumers is immediate. They don’t have money to spend somewhere else,” said Esmael Adibi, chief economist at Chapman University in Orange.