More Drivers Running Out Of Gas

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With gas prices pushing $4 a gallon, a lot of people are trying to stretch their dollar at the gas pump, but some of them are trying to stretch it a little too far.

Since the beginning of March, AAA has seen an 18 percent increase in the number of roadside calls for people running out of gas.

“I never put a lot in because I can’t afford to fill it up,” Leo Greek, a stranded motorist, said.

He says he’s not even sure how much it would cost to fill up his truck these days because he hasn’t done it for a while. He gets only what he needs and today he underestimated.

“It’s frustrating,” Greek said. “I can’t believe it has to be that expensive, but I know everybody’s going through it.”

According to AAA, gas prices in the Pittsburgh area have gone up 26 cents per gallon in the last month.

“Before it was more absentminded than anything else,” Jim Krebs with Brighton Service said. “But now, I believe that’s what it is. I believe people are like, ‘Man, I got to buy something else so I’m not going to put gas in the car. I should be able to make it,’ and they don’t.”

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  • billybeer

    Be careful who you vote for. The wrong guy could destroy the country.


      Obama is the “Usurper-In-Chief” of the USA –

    • D

      HE IS DOING A SUPER JOB AT IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • cliff

        roger that!!

      • Realist

        Bob W: It seems we get our information from the same place. I was a little hesitant at first and took me about 5 months to actually see what was being “predicted” was indeed unfolding as told; it was then I was confident to start spreading the information to as many people who will listen. Good stuff.

        Purchase physcial silver folks – preserve your wealth. Gold and silver will continue to “increase in value” as the dollar continues to be debased. Search “The Silver Shield” on the ‘Net. The author of the dossier on silver will give you all the information that you need to get started in silver and why it’s going to be the best investment you can make now.. Spread the word.

        Wake some people up!!

      • Bob W

        It doesn’t matter who we vote for, or didn’t you notice that yet? Do some research: look up New World Order, Bilderbergers, one-world governance, one-world currency. That’s our future. The idea is to make life so bad that the middle class of the USA will be begging for a solution and that solution will be the NWO. The news is out there. It’s no secret. It’s all available on the internet, and we can see the plan unfolding before our eyes.

    • George OKneb

      He is already in office. His name is Barry Soetero.

  • Hank Warren

    Obama’s energy policy, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    • mathman411

      While I believe that our constitutional rights are being slowly eroded, you’re link to a book that touts the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks places you in the corner of conspiracy theory kooks.

      • Realist

        Don’t be too naive about the 9/11 “attacks”, MathMan411; there were indeed attacks, but they were used to usurp more the liberties of the American people. That was the largest controlled demolition in the history of mankind. There are so many smoke and mirror pysop’s which are sleighted around the world today which are employed to frighten the people and bring a global federation into governance; their methods are slow and shrewd. Make no mistake, there are many coalitions working together and their endgame is world control. They own and control the media outlets so they will only present to you want they want you to believe. Every issue today is a “crisis” to remove more and move liberties. Can you honestly sit back and look at the current condition of the US and believe the nonsense that they spew through the news outlets? Most people do and that’s the problem today… Bread and circuses my friend.

    • smarterthanyou

      You idiot. Obama didn’t do any of that. Get your facts straight.

      • George OKneb

        It was Barry Soetero that did it,

      • waysmarterthanthee

        Ya, Ya, Ya, as your esteemed leader would say…”get use to it”. Believe that , because it will get much worse as our dollar continues it slide to worthlessness. Plain and simple the O Man is way out his depths and not equipped to handle this job.

  • JJ The Fed

    Well I guess some rednecks are going to have to downsize to a 4 cylinder import. Either that or quit driving. No one put a gun to his head to buy that gas hog. $10 says he is a big, fat, union Democrat and last time I checked it was the Democrats pushing for higher taxes which includes gas. You get what you vote for. Want to be broke vote for Democrats. Want endless warfare vote for Republicans. Either way you end up broke.

    • Eliot

      “Endless warfare vote for Republicans”? What do you call 2 continuing wars plus a new one? A picnic? Open your eyes and your mind; it isn’t the Republicans’ wars anymore!

  • got gas?

    so gas increases $.26 per gallon in one month…for 20 gallons, you are paying an additional $5.20….if you want to live by the pay by the day method, why not just fill up the tank and then top off every day….You will actually save money in the long run by having a full tank…

    • darla

      not everyone can afford it soon i am picketing the gas stations because i will no longer be able to afford gas and wood for work

      • darla

        whoops thats food, because as gas rises so does everything else but my pay hasnt raised in 4 years, mileage at work has not raised , and i drive many miles for work and current milage dont caver the cost

      • Realist

        Darla, if you are going to picket and boycott you will be doing it at the wrong place. Where you need to be is at The Fed. What we are going through is called inflation and it’s due to debt monetizing or Quanatative Easing, which is injecting more capital (dollars) into the economy. What this does is lower the value of the dollar, ie You cannot purchase as much with it; it can also be looked at like an additional tax to the people, albeit it’s hidden.

        You are not alone in your troubles and it’s going to get much worse in the coming year and beyond. As it seems things will go hyperinflationary which means that we all will be paying $20 for a loaf of bread. Hard times are coming for sure. If you haven’t been paying attention to the world around you lately there are over 44 millions peolple on food stamps, unemployment is over 22%, etc.. We’ve been living on credit for quite some time and it’s all going to come to an end.

        What I suggest is to buy some bulk foods (rice, beans, can goods, etc..) that are long lasting, TP, take any extra money that you have and invest in physical silver (American Liberties), have some home protection, and pray. If unemployment isn’t extended again in June for the folks here in PA and that was their primary source of income crime will definitely increase and people will get desperate to feed themselves and their families.

        Learn how fractional reserve banking works, basic economics, the meanings behind Marxism and Fascist ideologies and you’ll be on your way to understanding why the government is doing what they are doing, and oh.. don’t forget history. Argentina collapsed like we are going to, so check out the history on it to see what is to come.

    • jack


    • steve

      That’s really a good idea.

  • Fanny Forbes Franklen

    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” ~ H. L. Mencken


  • davebuck

    Another part of the Hopey Changey stuff your Muslim POTUS promised. I don’t know. Maybe someone can explain to me why oil prices are going up? Barry Hussein said by banning drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, Oil prices should have gone down. Those EVIL oil companies should have found other places to drill for oil which would be acceptable to the enviromentalists!

    • FJ

      Very easy to explain:
      Fed is printing money as a hell, the result is inflation.

      • Realist

        Perfect answer FJ, and that the biggest part of it. OPEC’s price controls as well as the market due to the unrest in Libya and Saudi Arabia just killed the exporting of 800k barrels oil.

    • RICH



        I agree. And besides we all know ISLAM is

      • Conservative

        his religion matters to me…I don’t pray to Allaha…this president can’t even spare one hour a week to attend a worship service, but he can fly all over the world and golf…golf…golf…

        He is a LOOSER with a capital L…one term president…
        do I miss George W. Bush…you bet your butt this family does…

  • LisaG

    Filling up the tank is NOT an option for some…….coming up with $60 or $70 at a pop….some just don’t have it. Especially if you are self-employed as I am. I may be waiting for checks to come in….right now, putting $70 in the gas tank might take away from groceries. Putting $20 or $25 works and leaves you money for other necessities you might need THIS week. The cost of a barrel of oil was going down….so why didn’t the gas prices go down too?

    • Realist

      Inflation. i.e QE1, QE2, soon to be QE3.. then hyperinflation. Research Argentina, the Reichsmark in 1923, Zimbabwe (google query Zimbabwe currency, then to images); I just picked up a Zimbabwe 1 Trillion Dollar bill for 7USD. Also, if you look into all the great depressions around the globe throughout history it was caused by the same banker cartels – mainly the Rothschilds. It’s all deliberate and we’re about to go through another.

    • bart

      its a refining problem

    • rich

      USE A CREDIT Card for crying out loud..i keep my cars full and im unemployed

      • Eliot

        So what are you going to do when the bills come due? Default? Nice.

  • rich

    This is pathetic. I wish The Prices Were Lower too, but i keep my cars full. If they go down to half, i fill em up. You Know thats the right thing to do. Keep your cars full. Use A Credit Card, for cryiong out loud. And im not a Rich snob. Im laid off myself, but if u want to use a car keep it full..or walk and dont have a car

  • Wexford_Bob

    Whoa – what kind of tank are you driving that takes $70 to fill up! If another $20 bucks per fill-up can kill your budget, it’s your own stupid vehicle choice that got you into this.

    • arminius

      An average midsized car, not an SUV or full sized truck, just an ordinary family car, has a 20 gallon tank. 19 gallons x 4.00 = 76.00.

      Sure, a Civic or Mazda 3 has a 13 gallon tank. But adults with children don’t drive Civics or Mazda 3s as their main car.

      And even a 13 gallon tank takes 50+ dollars to fill, which is no chump change for a college student or young childless adult for whom those cars are intended.

  • Rod

    Vote for Obama 2012,and you will be paying $8.00 per gallon!

  • robert smith


    A hip hop sensation
    Ofumduck and the Ofumduckers

  • Kevin

    Get ready sheep. Soon, you will have nothing….

    • Bob W

      You are so right. That’s the plan. Maybe you’ve seen Lindsey Williams on YouTube. He gets to the heart of the matter — consistently accurate — because he has the inside track on the elites’ next move.

  • kenwood17

    Some leader at sometime in the future WILL mandate drilling for oil in the USA. Impossible to NOT happen. It would be better if this happened now while Americans with some assemblance of freedom and elected leaders could benefit but it won’t. It will happen when Americans have lost control of our country and some other power we do not elect has taken control.
    Imagine an America drilling here and now eliminating any need to buy or import foreign oil in the near future.
    Imagine America taking in Trillions of dollars from foreign oil buyers. (If we decide to sell some.)
    Imagine America NOT sending so many dollars to support our enemies.
    Imagine the unemployment rate drop.
    Any rational American can see the tremendous upside for Americans.
    What is the down side?
    We might have a drilling accident bad enough to lose use of a small section of land. (Better than losing the whole country)
    Might have to spend a few billion of the trillions we make or save to clean up an accident.
    Might see some wonderful animals sacrificed (yes that is important but how many humans are sacrificed now due to oil.)
    Many who ACT like they want a job to earn for themselves will no longer have an excuse.
    Rational Americans will have to bare hearing even more from the irrational envoi mentalist. (We need the rational ones)
    Wars where Americas are involved will then happen for only one of two reasons:
    1. Protecting America’s oil supply from those who would take it by attacking our homeland – us.
    2. A lie by our leaders or the press. Ummm. Sorry, there isn’t a second reason. (Regardless of what we are told today)
    The same people who loudly scream “save the XYZ furry little whatever” scream even louder when millions around the world are dying for oil.
    Anyone knowledgeable of the great 20th century wars knows it came down to oil regardless of what some leaders have allowed in the history books.
    It will be a sad day when our children or we watch someone raping our land of the vast oil we have. Those who do it will have little if any concern for the environment and we will have lost any voice to prevent it. They will simply grin because we were so stupid to have allowed them to become wealthy and save their country at Americans expense.

    • lwlfnm

      It would be a logical solution. That’s why it’s not going to happen. Anything good can happen only by the government’s negligence.

  • Dave

    Just about all vehicles have an electric fuel pump mounted inside the gas tank.
    These are very expensive to have replaced, costing many hundreds of dollars in most cases. Fact is that when you run the tank very close to empty the fuel pump heats up and often this causes it to fail. It is very important to never let your fuel tank go below 1/4 and if possible try and keep it at least half full unless you want to be stuck with a high fuel pump replacement expense.

    And yes, if you want to pay at lest $8.00 per gallon and most likely even much more than that, all you need to do is vote incorrectly in 2012 just like you did in 2008!

    Don’t believe me? Just Google and you will find out yourself that this is true!

    It is very simple principal; only idiots and losers run out of gas!

    If you are having major trouble with your finances then you have failed as a human being and deserve to sit along the highway with your tank empty!
    People waste most of their money chasing after useless junk so there really isn’t any excuse, just personal failures on many different levels!

    • Realist

      Dave: There are 44+ million people on food stamps, real unemployment is over 22% and that may or may not include underemployment, real inflation is nearing 10%, CPI values are cooked, foreclosures are at an all time high, tent cities are popping up more and more, and because of globalization, regulations, taxes companies are leaving the country at an alarming rate. A lot of personal financial “failures” of today are not the cause of the people themselves who are struggling but instead it’s due to the economic climate which the government and corporations has bestowed upon it’s people. If you want to “google” something, query how many people with advanced levels of degree’s are out of work today and cannot find work. Real jobs are far and few between nowadays. Be happy and grateful that you’re gainfully employed and able to put food on the table for you and your family, if you have one.

      • Steve K.

        Good Post Realist. I really hope that idiot never has to experience losing his job and worrying about putting food on the table or gas in the tank.

    • BigBoa

      Obozo himself said he was going to do this, and yet the morons STILL don’t get it……


    • BigBoa

      AH HAHAHA!!!

      Dude, you’re pretty f’ed up….. Your first half is fine,,, the second half, not so much. Yes, idiots run out of gas. But to say someone fails as a human for having financial problems is really pretty silly. Hopefully you’ll never suffer any calamities to lead you to change your mind about that……

  • BigBoa

    We can only hope and pray that you are right

  • JB

    Obama job creation for AAA I guess.

  • Realist

    It doesn’t matter who we vote for in ’12, it’ll be a continuum of what’s corrupt and evil in our resolving door government, and more importantly the power control being sought out by the banking cartels. They’ve interwoven into our society for decades to decay family, community, education and religion.

    We haven’t seen anything yet. The USD will be worthless soon; it’ll collapse next year or soon after and there will be a lot of suffering. Buy physical silver now to hedge against further depreciating dollar and save yourself some grief down the road.

    People need to wake up and stick together and quit fighting over partisan politics, racism, and everything they’ve manufactured to divert the attention of the people. The country seems to have been lost at this point and the once great symbol of the American flag doesn’t hold the same meaning as it was intended to have. We are no longer free. We are no longer sovereign. It was good while it lasted.

  • jnsesq

    And if Bush were prez, the networks would be interviewing the woman at the pump who’d say how she can’t afford to drive her elderly mother to her dialysis treatments anymore.

    Meanwhile… silence. The Protective Order of Mainstream Media continue their loyal service to their Chosen One.


    Welcome to OBAMANATION!

    Why does BHO have a Connecticut SSN? He NEVER lived there!

  • steve

    To be honest it is cheaper to fill your tank up more frequently when gas is going up. I try to fill my tank up when it gets down to about half a tank, but when gas is dropping I tend to wait until it gets under an eighth of a tank.

  • seenitbefore

    Having lived in Europe from 1979 to 1999 I have an observation. If air polution reduction is the goal, then, there may be better ways. In Germany, it is illegal to leave your engine idling for more than a minute (idling engines polute far more that engines running under normal load). No long warming periods on cold mornings, turn off the engine at long Red Lights, and absolutely no drive through anything (no banks, no fast food, no laundry pickups, not even drive through car wash). Makes you wonder why our Governent keeps pushing other methods of population “CONTROL”.

  • ken

    Reading the posts here my thoughts are… most everyone hates Obama and his policies. Where are those who actually voted for him, besides my wife, but that’s another story.

    • conservative

      we have friends who live in another state than us, they love to visit us in the country and enjoy their visits as we hike the woods, have nightly bon~fires, wine and friendship…they enformed us on their last visit they VOTED for the WON…but were disappointed!!!

      they recently wrote to set up our calendars for their bi~annual visit!!! we are busy this year folks…
      its good to choose your friends wisely…Vote Smartly…

    • Realist

      Not I. It wouldn’t have mattered much. McCain was for most of what Obama is being told to do anyway. He’s a puppet to the banksters and corporations, as they all are and will continue to be. The ones that wanted Conservative/Libertarian change, especially monetarily through banking reforms, were executed or were attempted to be – Lincoln, JFK, Reagan, etc. Ron Paul will have a bounty on his head if he makes a run for it; he is for abolishing The Fed, but he’s the only hope the country has of maintaining what’s left of the Constituation. Trump is a snakeoil salesman and expect more of the same if he decides to run, but he is one hell of a business man.

    • me

      we are here reading these posts and takin it all in,because not one pointed the fingers at the republicans that pushed for the tax breaks for the rich who are eatin our gas money. their not pointing their fingers everywhere it deserves to be but thats okay even without Obama the market is going to crash again and it will be at the hand of the next person.

  • Ken

    Don’t worry Obama is setting up a task force to go after those nasty speculators.

  • JoeAstroturf

    Thanks Obama you said you’d get gas to sky rocket. “Mission almost Accomplished”. As Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu said ” Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” . It also helps that they’ll make Uncle George Soros rich and themselves. Go Brazil and Petrobras . George I mean God don’t forget to count my profits when they vote me out in 2012. I’m depending on you and GE’s immelt to keep the girls living the way they’ve grown accustomed too. I guess Steve’s looking for $9 a gallon. Next healthcare. Gotta run I think I hear the IRS coming.

    Please Check out song called teapartiers I can’t hear you at

    Here’s a verse

    Doctors are retiring earlier but we’re getting 17000 new IRS
    This is how Obama creates health care jobs I guess
    For 234 years this country’s been God’s blessing.
    Now he’s following Cloward and Piven’s to bankrupt the country I’m guessing
    If Obamacare gives Grandma and Grandpa a scare
    Think how when their rationed and die earlier we’ll save on healthcare

  • conservative

    we own a 4×4 Toyato Trundra…we get 17 miles per gal…are we angry at gas prices..of course we are…so we gas our truck and NO longer go out for a breakfast…no visits to friends, use computer, the only thing we have not stopped is church but that may be next and we will watch Rev. Stanley on TV…

    we are retired and live in a rural area of Pennsylvania, if you do not have 4×4 you will get NO where in the bad winter months and this year it has been a long five months of nasty weather..PA. does not plow secondary roads and the road conditions is terrible. the entire winter…sad but true..

    the first presidential candidate that says they will drill here and drill now WILL BE ELECTED THE NEXT PRESIDENT.. while Hussein hires another crew of czar’s to look into gas prices!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ..

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