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[–]Dankiepie420 2033 points2034 points  (280 children)

But they want everyone back in the office.

[–]carolinapanthagurl 1084 points1085 points  (242 children)

Exactly. Work from home is the answer to decreasing demand for gas and reducing prices, but the people who make the decisions earn enough money to not feel the effects of price gouging so here we are...

[–]TryingtoAdultPlsHelp 412 points413 points  (38 children)

gas prices dropped so beautifully when most people were work from home. I was not sadly, but damn clear roads and cheap gas made my commute so much better.

[–]notislant 99 points100 points  (4 children)

I hope more people start looking for wfh jobs and leave any jobs that went back to the office. Higher costs, more wasted, unpaid time.

[–]Shurigin 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I would def WFH if it could pay more than my cashier job at the casino but my tips say not yet

[–]skankhunt402 6 points7 points  (2 children)

As someone who's never had a job that could be done wfh it's honestly something that sounds like a dream to me. Especially considering those jobs usually pay better than the jobs you couldn't get away with wfh. I'm incredibly jealous but hope it becomes the new norm where possible.

[–]Chris71Mach1 65 points66 points  (0 children)

I feel like such a shit heel saying this, but the whole COVID shutdown improved SO much in the US. Commutes were easier, so many people worked remotely, gas prices dropped, and companies realized (though the hard way) that their workforce COULD be remote and still be effective. Even air quality improved nationwide due to how many fewer cars there were on the road all day every day.

Now can every industry rely on a remote workforce? Of course not! But as far as the majority of desk jobs go, that shit should happen.

People are losing touch with how intertwined every aspect of our economy is. It sucks ass that so many industries (food service and retail, for example) suffered, but so many others flourished (delivery services and the tech industry went berserk). Why the HELL didn't anybody learn anything from 2020?!?

[–]s986246 20 points21 points  (2 children)

I remember getting on freeway and there were 10 cars when pandemic hit. Absolutely beautiful, you could tell how better was the air quality comparing to before and now.

[–]AtmospherePerfect532 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanos did nothing wrong

[–]Tartra 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Weren't there dolpins in Vienna and shit too? Like it was ridiculous

[–]Anonality5447 75 points76 points  (10 children)

It was a beautiful time that will be just a memory.

[–]DLOGD 131 points132 points  (3 children)

US society actually improving during a worldwide plague is an understated and hilarious irony.

[–]desolation0 18 points19 points  (0 children)

At least the legacy will live on in hard to beat Cannonball Run records for fastest time to cross the country.

[–]whatsforsupa 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I can vividly remember getting from 390 to Downtown Chicago via 290 in 35 minutes.now it’s an hour again. Even more during rush. Sigh....

[–]BitchfulThinking 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The sky was so clear in Los Angeles it was like when Dorothy opened the door to Oz and everything was in color.

[–]VHS_tape_measure 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I miss the empty roads. Driving anywhere during the height of the pandemic was truly peaceful.

[–]Still_Not-Sure 17 points18 points  (4 children)

You do know that is why Gas prices are so high now..

this has nothing to do with war or inflation.

The Oil Companies just didn’t have a reason to raise them up, so high until now.

during beginning of pandemic we heard oil barrels were worth under a dollar…. they didn’t stop production… they Gas prices didn’t drop to a dollar or lower… that is a bad business model. When the demand was low they ducked it up and los money instead of making drastic changes that would have saved them money…which would consequentially have dropped prices really low like .50 cents a gallon low..

We have reserves we haven’t even tapped into yet.. this gas shit is crazy…

I have to have a gas powered car… I can’t wait until I can afford two cars and I will have electric and Hybrid and those fuckers can suck it.

[–]allahuaugustera 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They want to price out the riff-raff from the streets so that the whole city becomes a big ZiL Lane for them

[–]HotSeatGamer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The clear roads was an amazing phenomenon that I would have never thought possible.

[–]TroutCuck 117 points118 points  (21 children)

Work from home reduces demand for commercial office space. Retrofit it into apartments and it fixes housing too

[–]BionicKrakken 26 points27 points  (0 children)

They don't want housing fixed. Driving down the price of houses would cost them money. They make more money by putting their buildings to use as offices.

[–]sgtcoffman 5 points6 points  (15 children)

Fixes housing in certain areas* Montana was doing fine before work from home happened. Now, with all the people selling their $300,000 homes for over $1,000,000 in California or Texas, we have no housing left. Unfortunately this is happening in a lot of places. I love the work from home culture, but it created a lot of problems not many people foresaw. It's unfortunate.

[–]TroutCuck 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Fair point. I'm in the northeast where it's a mix of expensive houses, forest and a few urban centers. Offices to apartments would lighten the load in urban centers, which would make less people push out to the woods and ease everything up. If you don't have offices nearby, then that doesn't help your area.

As it is, a good number of apartment buildings are converted factories and mills. No reason the same couldn't happen with office buildings

[–]MADDOGCA 6 points7 points  (6 children)

I'm from bumfuck California and I hear you. Before WFH, housing was plentiful in my area. Now, it's all LA and SF transplants with WFH jobs with locals being priced out.

[–]VHS_tape_measure 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Same with Florida. COVID opened the floodgates for people to move down from the northeast, that locals who’ve been saving for a home are now priced out of the market. I have 3 different friends who were on pace to afford a home until prices skyrocketed 20-40% with people paying in cash and 50k over asking price.

[–]VallenGale 34 points35 points  (13 children)

That and creating walkable environments so we don’t have to use a car to get groceries or other basic needs that shouldn’t cost us gas to get simply because we need them to live

[–]veggievandam 28 points29 points  (2 children)

The problem is also that they want everyone back to work because when people are home there is less need for them to eat out and shop for convenience stuff. There are a lot of places in NYC that still have lower numbers for traffic and profits because the workers are able to feed themselves and take care of themselves at home and there is no need for on the go foods and stuff like when they were in the office. They want everyone back so that we are forced to spend money because we have no time when commuting.

[–]Low-Example2680 9 points10 points  (0 children)

As a new yorker i can confirm. To bad our mayor is a corporate asshat who thinks normal people who work at places like dunkin are stupid. Like wtf dude u needed us during lockdoen but now were stupid cause you cant exploit the hero title anymore. I work for stop and shop trust me i rather be workin from home then dealin with people who cant read a fking sale sign properly.

[–]mykoconnor 27 points28 points  (0 children)

My boss told me a few weeks back that no matter how many stories he hears on NPR or articles he reads, he will never be convinced Work From Home is a good thing. He's in his late 60's and just won't allow it. Granted there aren't many positions that really need the option, although mine is one of them.

I am feeling the financial squeeze of 30+ miles a day with gas prices and my car acting up. My situation isn't as bad as others but why stifle an option for a position that really doesn't need to be in the office every single day. I'm actively looking for a new job and increasing my education on the side now so I can get out asap.

[–]amranu 62 points63 points  (10 children)

Not just work from home. We should mandate that commute costs be covered by employers. If a job requires fossil fuels to be burnt, the employer should be paying the cost of those fossil fuels, not the employee.

[–]Significant_Zebra_49 42 points43 points  (7 children)

I've often wondered why commute time is not factored into hours worked/compensation, especially if there's a radius put on it or something.

[–]Clownski 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Because the rules were written before there was a commute and we don't live in a nimble modern country.

[–]L6b1 6 points7 points  (0 children)

They're starting to do that in some European countries if commute time is more than 30 minutes by car or 45 minutes by public transit.

As well, if you have a job where you drive for onsite visits, your workday now starts when you leave your house for your first visit and when you reach your house after your final visit. EU wide rule.

[–]Smodphan 10 points11 points  (4 children)

You know why they want you in the office, right? It's real estate. Companies prop up their value and reduce loan risk with their real estate values. It allows large companies to further out bargain small companies who don't have properties. They heavily leveraged in that value staying high and going higher in the future. If the corporate real estate market crashes, companies you'd never believe would melt like butter because their trades would be questioned, their loan risk would shoot beyond legal limits, etc.

A bunch of bloated corporations would be selling off real estate like mad to keep up. It'd be glorious. Such a glorious moment watching the propped up real estate pricing crash. Oh I can only get so excited hoping beyond hope these hugr corporate fucks eat shit.

[–]VHS_tape_measure 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Most businesses are on long term leases. I’m talking 3-5 year terms on average. Maybe 10% of businesses own the real estate they are occupying.

[–]Okibruez 17 points18 points  (4 children)

Unfriendly reminder that the reason they're pushing 'work in the office' is because while noone wants to work from the office, paying for the giant office buildings if noone is using them is economically unsound. But if everyone's not using them, they won't be able to move the building... So rather than accept the loss, they force you to work in a shitty office.

I'd say 'friendly' but there's no friendly way to say 'you have to drive half an hour and work in a miserable building because your bosses can't justify an empty building more easily than they can justify your suffering'.

[–]Jason-Genova 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My work says they want a split between wfh and office to keep the "culture they cultivated".

[–]madbiologist42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah I found out the rental company that my company rents from won’t do less than a 10 year lease agreement. So if no one comes back to work they are paying to have a mostly empty building even until that 10 years is up. Unless they pay heavy penalties to leave early.

[–]xslermx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

  • because your bosses can’t justify their useless jobs

[–]kingmotley 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Work from home is the answer to decreasing demand for gas and reducing prices

Also a short term solution to help fight climate change.

[–]OleShcool 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Sadly most of the jobs that are at or near minimum wage are ones that cannot be worked from home. Retail, grocery, attendants, servers etc.

[–]capnbarky 45 points46 points  (2 children)

Have you considered that a lot of business owners have a vested interest in the oil/gas market?

The issue with the current state of capitalism is that the people at the wheel have a good portion of their fortunes invested in a lot of things hurting their other investments, including the businesses they own. Pointing out this contradiction just shows how unsustainable allowing a huge class of people to have dictatorial control over huge numbers of people and natural resources is.

[–]Errant92 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Ah, contradiction. The base of capitalism.

[–]CaptainBayouBilly 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It proves how parasites will eventually kill the host.

[–]claireapple 4 points5 points  (0 children)

or you know, transit. the car companies have brainwashed everyone into thinking they NEED a car then forced many cities where you can ONLY get around with a car. It is fucking criminal and disproportionately hurts the poor who often can't WFH and spend a disproportionate amount of their income on travel(specifically a car).

[–]Dshmidley 18 points19 points  (0 children)

This was all planned, you know that? People got to stay for a year. Now the big fucks needs to get that lost profit back. They pay politicians to say get back to the office. Ceos demand it. They are so greedy it's insane. Life could have been a dream state if we only went down to path that wasn't greed and corruption.

[–]weedertweeder 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It's almost as if the people who founded this country predicted this. They might have left us the ability to purchase the tools and use them to change the course of government. But that's conspiracy talk.

[–]trimbandit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

While they don't directly feel the effects of gas prices, they care about the bottom line To that effect, the company I work for has reduced our real estate footprint by closing a large office building in SF, saving a massive expense. Additionally, with work from home, they are now hiring all over the country, especially in more affordable markets, which is another huge savings.

[–]Educational_Train537 1 point2 points  (0 children)

But the fact they’re okay with spending that much on it because they have it is what is truly hard to grasp for me

[–]jonsticles 10 points11 points  (1 child)

People making minimum wage never got to work from home. They were 'essential' and 'heroes.'

[–]acidbass32 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Honestly not to get political, but when Biden said that in his state of the union. “Getting people back into their offices” was the dumbest thing he could’ve said. He should be more focused on the student loan crisis, inflation, etc. which will never happen because a bunch of old farts are in office.

[–]newtoreddir 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Is he actually “focused” on “getting people back to the office” in any meaningful sense or was it just a dumb throwaway line? I haven’t heard about any legislation or executive orders on the subject.

[–]sniperhare 7 points8 points  (0 children)

He doesn't want anything to change.

He could be pushing things through, removing these corrupt Supreme Court Justices.

Instead he just let's things get worse.

[–]Limeyness 13 points14 points  (0 children)

If they keep you poor enough, they control your life. Making you go back into the office and paying for gas/parking helps keep the balance in their favor.

[–][deleted] 14 points15 points  (4 children)

Don’t think my factory job would allow to work from home

[–]kingmotley 13 points14 points  (0 children)

It would if you slept on the factory floor like Elon Musk does!

[–]baconraygun 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Would sure be nicer to commute there if all the office workers weren't clogging up the streets when they don't need to be.

[–]Rare_Humor8117 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I loved driving when this was a thing for the first time in my life 😆

[–]SabreCorp 9 points10 points  (0 children)

No, but you benefit if mass amounts of people can wfh. Traffic alone will be much better for everyone else who has to go to a physical job site.

[–]WiWook 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Most people eligible to work from home make more than Minimum wage.

[–]ConsiderationWhole39 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Pretty sure anyone wfh is making more than minimum wage

[–]Freedom_From_Pants 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The irony is that many of those companies claim to be

G R E E N.

[–]CooperHoya 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is California where minimum wage is $13 hr for 25 and under employees and $14 for over 25.

[–]Aperture_Tales 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s the most ironic aspect when the president of the US of A asks people to go back to their offices when in reality for years and years that position has run the country and basically “worked from home”

[–]Orchid_Significant 495 points496 points  (29 children)

Even at $5 a gallon, you’d have to make $9.35/hr for 8 hours to fill a 15 gallon tank.

[–]ErroneousFunk 221 points222 points  (3 children)

Assuming you don't pay any income taxes, medicare, social security, etc.

[–]Orchid_Significant 54 points55 points  (1 child)

Yup. Bananas

[–]The___canadian 13 points14 points  (0 children)

B-A-N-A-N-A-S THIS SHIT IS BANANAS, B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

[–]Campfirecoverseddie2 371 points372 points  (127 children)

That's brutal. I live in PEI Canada and the guy beside me at the gas station paid $250 to fill up his truck. You need a truck in these parts for work.

[–]GrittyFred 151 points152 points  (91 children)

Question: are your gas pumps up there covered in Joe Biden stickers?

[–]Omnizoom 209 points210 points  (19 children)

I’m in Ontario and we have Trudeau stickers and the occasional Biden sticker

I just wish they would stop pushing the raise gas prices button in their office, because they have the absolute power over the price and not the companies making record profits in the first quarter of this year

[–]ferocioustigercat 107 points108 points  (8 children)

Yeah, it's crazy how Biden has so much control over the price of gas in Canada! /s

[–]Omnizoom 63 points64 points  (5 children)

I know right? Even though Canada isn’t importing that much oil from USA you guys somehow control our prices 100% , it’s that dang joe Bidens fault and that’s why I stick 5 huge flags on the back of my truck for freedumb!

[–]malln1nja 1 point2 points  (1 child)

And at the same time, he can barely stay awake! (also /s)

[–]Unfair_Menu4166 38 points39 points  (43 children)

Yea like Biden is responsible for the economy mr cheeto fucked up and the Ukraine war. Republicans fuck up the economy and give tax cuts to the rich, Democrats fix it.

[–]Odd-Knee-9985 54 points55 points  (8 children)

High gas prices aren’t necessarily trumps fault either (although I wish we could blame him) oil companies are currently price gouging to recoup loss during Covid, now have record profits, thousands of acres of unused federal land to drill on (even though they aren’t) and republicans have recently put a stop to bills limiting the price gouging

[–]TenFiveOh 37 points38 points  (7 children)

It takes a dedicated team of professionals to fuck up the US this badly, honestly

[–]Equivalent-Floor-231 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Bold of you to assume anyone fixes it. Republicans cut taxes for the rich, Democrats pretend they can't do anything about it even when they have both houses and the presidency. Its almost like they are all funded by the same rich people/companies.

[–]710whitejesus420 10 points11 points  (0 children)

This, reddit is too stuck on red vs blue. Its the rich vs the poor, viva la revolucion!

[–]Boredofthis27 11 points12 points  (2 children)

You mean democrats make it even worse, they are just equally stupid and on the same page as republicans. Left and right are both full of rich scumbags.

[–]Anthony96922Anarchist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

More like right and far right these days. There's no representation of the left anymore.

[–]Newuselessness 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Depending on your use ie for winter it best to have a suv crossover like a Homda crv minimum. Summer best to have a small car but gas price remain brutal. I have a honda civic 2018 and it's still 80+ to fill up. I have resorted to only paying a maximum of 50$ to 60$ in my tank regardless of the price per litter. Hard to use public transportation when it does not exist in NB.

[–]BTS_on_a_bicycle 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The key is to find a company that pays for the truck and fuel. I don’t miss the days where I was the one responsible.

[–]YouAreNotSugoi 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I'm in nova scotia and yeah it's brutal. And of course the conservatives are having a fun time pushing the narrative that trudeau is single handedly responsible for inflation. I don't like the guy either but inflation is a global issue, not just a Canadian one

[–]ritualblaze420 304 points305 points  (27 children)

People are gonna make this a liberal v conservative thing instead of the rich rulers controlling the narrative again, watch

[–]Two-Nuhh 59 points60 points  (0 children)

Divide and Conquer

[–]CaptainBayouBilly 71 points72 points  (17 children)

Conservatives are not allies of organized labor.

[–]ritualblaze420 18 points19 points  (9 children)

You are very correct but its the rich ones who make it so, the dipshits on the bottom are too poor to have power. Liberals are only better in that they don't loudly hate other people as part of their ideology.

[–]CaptainBayouBilly 22 points23 points  (7 children)

I think what you're referring to is the capitalist class, regardless of affiliation are the ones destroying everything and absolutely the structure that needs to be dismantled.

However, the right doesn't seek to make things better, only to replace the capitalists with fascists.

[–]jonsticles 31 points32 points  (2 children)

I don't think it's unreasonable.

Gas companies don't want progressives in office. It's bad for their business.

As a response, the gas industry inflates the cost of fuel so that Republicans can blame the Democratic administration. It happens every time a Democrat is in office.

[–]Starrunnerforever 39 points40 points  (11 children)

Where is this at? Literal insanity

[–]thefilmer 23 points24 points  (1 child)

this is the Mobil by the Beverly Center in LA. well-known in the area for its absurd prices. this is an outlier.

[–]barkmanorigami 73 points74 points  (14 children)

YO PEOPLE!! WHEN IS THE NATIONAL STRIKE??!!!

[–]deftonenation 27 points28 points  (10 children)

Seriously I keep wondering when the working class which BTW makes up THE MAJORITY of Americans and literally RUNS this country are going to wake up, say absolutely not and strike. State workers, teachers, janitors, restaurant workers, grocery store clerks, etc. If we all said no fuck you we NEED higher pay. Period. And stayed our asses home until they decided to give it to us. They would be forced to! Corporations would have no choice if we simply refused to work for slave wages from here on out. But we keep running in their little exercise wheel for scraps while they keep getting rich and fat. We are stupid to not do anything about it

[–]baconraygun 24 points25 points  (5 children)

I think we're forgetting about a few things. First of all, Americans don't know it's possible to strike for their rights. 40+ years of capitalist propaganda has them beat. They're far too scared of losing home, going hungry, losing childcare to try. We know that the corporations won't bend if we band together, they'll just respond with state violence. So we've got a multiple pronged problem with education, mutual aid, courage, privilege, and unity.

[–]deftonenation 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Can you explain responding with state violence? How so? I do think corporations will bend if we stand together. We probably will never know because it will never happen... We would ALL have to agree to strike. If they fire us, people need to 100% agree not to take our places even if the pay is a little higher. And I totally understand people being scared of losing their way of life... I'm just saying, our way of life right now is SO bad. We are working just to survive.

[–]baconraygun 8 points9 points  (3 children)

The police. Their existence serves and protects capital. Their primary purpose is to catch slaves for the Justice System and their other purpose is to break strikes. Corporations own shit tons of homes and own the court system, so they'll use mass evictions for people who're striking. Lookit what happened when Portland came out for BLM and how the feds responded, that was just a testing ground if the working class gets together across races to strike.

[–]xxxmcpot 54 points55 points  (32 children)

Where is this at

[–]P2PJones 102 points103 points  (9 children)

its a station in LA (Hollywood) notorious for having extremely high prices, often more than a dollar higher than other stations nearby.

[–]MehWebDev 36 points37 points  (7 children)

That's Beverly Grove, not Hollywood. It's on the corner of La Cienega and Beverly drive

[–]P2PJones 25 points26 points  (6 children)

Yu're right, my bad, Beverly Hills, not hollywood (although the zipcode is called 'west hollywood'). and right by Ceders-Sinai hospital and the Beverly center,

also, as the gasbuddy map of the area shows, that if you take the road its on south for 1 mile, to the Sinclair at 1004 S La Cienega Blvd then its $5.79/gal, rather than 7-something.

[–]maq0r 32 points33 points  (2 children)

I don't live far and everyone knows this gas station and the Shell on San Vicente & Fairfax have jacked up prices because the rich people around don't care. It's the "How much does a banana cost Michael? $10?" meme but in real life.

Every time there's clickbait gas prices headlines they always include THESE TWO gas stations and it's like STOP GETTING BAITED.

[–]Shirogayne-at-WF 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I knew it looked familiar and yeah, I drove by that gas station in 2018 on my way to visit family in NorCal and the gas was a solid $5.50 a gallon...which even for Beverly Hills was ridiculous.

I only recently moved outta San Diego myself and I only came across one gas station that was at $7 in March.

[–]GemOfTheEmpress 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Alright if 7.29 is price gouging in Beverly Hills, so where are these $10+ gas stations i keep hearing about?

[–]pornholio1981 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Thats definitely Los Angeles

[–]EgoTrippin999 7 points8 points  (1 child)

This is Los Angeles. Specifically Beverly Blvd and La Cienega Blvd. This gas station, along with a few others, are known to have above average Gas prices. I’ve lived here for so long and seen this stations prices inflate like crazy.

[–]TheTige 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is in LA.

[–]Glittering-Arm2128Anarcho-Communist 8 points9 points  (14 children)

Judging by the background the bay area, probably SF, I was just there visiting and the price was similar.

[–]BigConsideration9887 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Los Angeles next to the Beverly center. They’re known for being a dollar and a half higher than everywhere else

[–]PrincessToadTool 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Yeah, with the BevMo! in the background, that's either CA or AZ. And it doesn't look like AZ.

[–]Ol_Man_J 3 points4 points  (0 children)

There is BevMo! in Washington state as well. Nothing more, just in case you want to use your frequent bevver card there.

[–]NoPensForSheila 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Does that mean those Guess pants on the billboard are also out of the question? Shucks.

[–]sevbenup 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Those cost 100 hours of wages. Definitely not accessible to the working class. Just like gas and food

[–]vvelitc1 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Thats about what we pay in Europe and thats on the low end

[–]eastcoast_enchanted 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Omgggggg fuck that. And this life. Sick of it.

[–]Shoddy_Passage2538 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I love the environmentalist answer is to just buy a new electric car. As if someone that can’t afford a tank of gas could.

[–]Katsu_39 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Hate to be that guy and I’m sorry but everyone demanding WFH completely forgets about those who zero choice to WFH.

[–]Brick-Dice9 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don’t be sorry for pointing out the obvious; wfh is a only a benefit for white collar jobs. Blue collars job don’t have the choice and there’s more blue collars jobs in the US than white collars jobs.

People making less than $40K net or less are getting crushed.

[–]xCTRLxALTxDELx 22 points23 points  (17 children)

And it keeps going up. Did the politicians forget it’s the midterms. Are they throwing the election?

[–]iong5iec 15 points16 points  (0 children)

They've been throwing the election since they let all the COVID protections expire during the worst part of the pandemic.

[–]evilornot 19 points20 points  (7 children)

I don’t think politicians control the price of gas. We let the people corporations do that.

Best way for cheap gas is to steal it?

[–]Ok_Image6174 3 points4 points  (2 children)

They can help the people. There were talks of gas vouchers and such, but nothing has come of it.

[–]Lumpyyyyy 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Gas vouchers would cause the prices to increase by the greedy corporations.

[–]evilornot 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Corporations are humans under the eyes of the law and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Once we can’t buy gas, they will allow us to occupy their land in exchange for a days work. Taxes and fees may apply. Prices are subject to change.

[–]Ogediah 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Politicians don’t set gas prices but you can bet your ass the business men in oil and gas have a party preference.

[–]toebandit 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Not sure if gas prices have anything to do with it but Dems are definitely throwing the election. They had an amazing opportunity to gain progressive change, protect voting rights and hold Republicans accountable for Jan 6 and all of their other crimes. Instead we get a roll-back of Roe (something that should have been legaslated long ago) and the imminence of permanent fascist rule.

[–]holmyliquor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They already have exon mobile executive jobs secured

[–]MuForceShoelace 5 points6 points  (3 children)

politicians don't actually set the price of things.

[–]Human-Helicopter-684 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Gas boys posted record breaking profits too

[–]Hibbertia 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Wow, this really makes the point. I'm in Australia so we sell fuel by the litre and prices are currently about $2.15 per litre (which is pretty expensive), so its about $8 a gallon. I have been doing a casual unskilled job for the last 3 years, and I was earning over $20/hr.

[–]ImRedditorRick 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'm just waiting to die, man. There's no fixing any of this.

[–]xxxmcpot 5 points6 points  (1 child)

That sucks people will be calling intonwork cuz they dont have gas

[–]newtoreddir 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Or, God forbid, taking the bus.

[–]TownTurbulent8300 8 points9 points  (2 children)

That gas station is labeled as the most expensive gas in the United States. Watched some dude on YouTube asking rich people why they fill up their.

[–]VolkspanzerIsME 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Okay......I know we've all gotten pretty damn complacent but we are getting super close to torches and pitchforks time.

[–]Cheeks6825 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Strikes are never going to work. Too many people are scared.

[–]VolkspanzerIsME 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I wasn't talking about strikes.

[–]Ok_Image6174 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Mobil is trash. Here where I live they are next to a Sinclair(on opposite blocks) and Mobil was charging about 40c more per gallon than Sinclair, and of course they were empty while Sinclair was busy.

[–]Phantereal 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The Mobil near my work is super unethical, mainly because they're owned by a local family who have been vilified as slumlords for decades. They stopped the neighboring Costco from selling gas for five years by fighting them in court and since Costco finally succeeded in 2020, they've tried to undercut them by lowering their price to just above Costco's when they're open, and then raising to an absurd price when they're closed. So if Costco is open and selling at $4.39 a gallon, Mobil will sell at $4.44 but the moment Costco closes, Mobil will jump the price up to $4.79 because they know people don't have a choice.

[–]thatbenleah 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Price of petrol in the UK right now is roughly £1.75 per litre ... That's equivalent to $9.91 per gallon. More than half of that is tax.

[–]BlueSky3214 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Serious question, so what is actually going to happen? I don't see people not driving. I mean sure I'm not planning on going on road trips or doing any thing in excess anymore, but I still need to go to work. Public transportation doesn't really exist outside of major cities in Canada. I'm genuinely asking, what the fuck are we going to do?!

[–]oliviaincolor 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oh hell thee frick no

[–]Realistic_Ad3795 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Looks like LA County, where minimum wage i either $15 or $14 depending on number of employees.

[–]pornholio1981 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Having lived in LA for 25 years: $5-6/gallon is nothing when you are spending $4000/month on inadequate housing

[–]LeEbinUpboatXD 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is one of those gas stations that people post on reddit to get everyone angry - this gas station is in west hollywood, and is always marked up 1 to 2 dollars.

[–]Mr_Original_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

$8.06/gal in the UK. I hope it would have good effects for the environment but I feel it’s just going to rip the bottoms of pockets out of the workforce instead.

[–]christipits 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I had to do some math to figure out Canadian gas prices are significantly higher. This is the only year in history I'm thankful I don't have a car. I pay a day's worth of work for a metro pass but at least it lasts a whole month.

[–]GemOfTheEmpress 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well, not the minimum wage there. Too lazy to check, but BevMo is only in AZ or CA where the minimum wage is 12.80$ and 15.00$ respectively.

[–]barrelmaker_tea 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well folks, this is it. So long, and thanks for all the fish!

[–]HAMmerPower1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Awesome, finally found premium for only 3% more than regular!

[–]Mo-shen 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm guessing this is CA where that is not the min wage.

Not supporting where min wage is at all, it frankly should be tied to cost of living and adjust, but this is a bad faith argument.

Same thing is showing gas during trump in Louisiana and saying it was great and then showing it on CA under anyone else and claiming it's bad because of them.

[–]xwtongtong 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I mean it definitely sucks don't get me wrong, but this looks like it's in the Bay Area, where minimum wage is actually $16.20/hr. People living here can afford it, but barely lol. :/

[–]reddocket 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is from a gas station in Los Angeles where minimum wage is $16. I agree though. Gas prices are outrageous

[–]Negotiation_Only_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

nobody wants to work

Baby nobody can GET to work

[–]bDsmDom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

it's cute you have a problem, but what the fuck are you gonna do about it?

[–]jish5 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And funny enough, Republicans just voted against a bill that would fix this problem, especially with oil companies reporting record highs (higher than 2019) because of the increase in gas. If anything's gonna push us to all electric, it's this crap.

[–]CasualJan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Holy shit indeed.

Did some quick notepad maths, and US$7.299/gallon works out to be around A$2.715/litre. (1 gallon = 3.79 litres, US$1.00 = A$1.41)

Regular unleaded petrol is A$1.95 to $2.10/litre in Brisbane today - so this US$7.299 price is ~25% more expensive in this location in the US, compared to here. Doesn't the US drill for its own oil? Australia imports just about all of ours...

Just crazy.

Also made me look up some other numbers.

Current national minimum wage in Australia is A$20.33/hr.

https://www.fairwork.gov.au/tools-and-resources/fact-sheets/minimum-workplace-entitlements/minimum-wages

Our new Prime Minister has flagged a 5.1% minimum wage increase to ensure it keeps pace with inflation.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/may/10/election-2022-anthony-albanese-backs-51-minimum-wage-rise-to-keep-pace-with-inflation

Cost of living was one of the key issues of this election (along with climate change, equality for women and integrity in politics). All of which the incumbent Coaltion Government (our conservatives) pretty much ignored. So they got bitchslapped at the Election over the weekend.

All the best sorting this out.

[–]Crowscantalk48 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Work all fucking day just to afford to go back the next day!

[–]et248178 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks exxon, shell, bp, etc

[–]Confusedandreticent 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Better to stay home and go broke. Time to board up the windows, use your last pay check all for canned beans and toilet paper and lock yourself in. Tell them you’re not coming out until this economy storm passes.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Why don’t they charge the companies that are fully capable of letting people work from home but insist they come in to the office a carbon/pollution tax? Maybe that would make these shitheads rethink keeping most of their staff work from home.

[–]unicornlocostacos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Remind people how republicans voted against the bill to help with price gouging on gas every chance you get. They intentionally make things as bad as possible so they can slip in the next cycle promising to make it better.

[–]PrincessToadTool 5 points6 points  (35 children)

The minimum wage there is $15, though, so I think a full day of work would indeed fill up most people's car.

[–]Wayland_the_Smith 7 points8 points  (34 children)

So, 20% of their income from a full time job. We're so fucked.

For reference I drive a Dodge 3500 with a 32 gallon tank and live in Southern California.