Mary Goldburg, 60, of Norfolk, Va., Said she needed her car to work but also to see her grandchildren – whom she barely got to see last year. His job includes delivering t-shirts for events and other promotional products.
“I can’t get paid until my customers receive their products,” Goldburg said as a slow-running pump filled its tank for more than 20 minutes in a 7-Eleven.
Construction worker Jamar Gatison, 36, also refueled there on Wednesday before having a doctor’s appointment.
“I’m about to run out of gas, so I have no choice,” Gatison said, adding that he was also a driver for Uber Eats but had no plans to deliver. food that night because he didn’t want to wait. line again.
Restaurants and bars, which are already struggling to fill vacancies, will find themselves in a particularly rush, said Robert McNab, professor of economics at Old Dominion University in Virginia. Some workers may not be able to come to work. And some customers may give up their intention to eat out.
“In all likelihood, these service workers will be the hardest hit, with rising fuel and food prices consuming more of their household budgets and reducing incomes this month by gasoline shortages caused by fear, ”McNab said.
The Colonial Pipeline provides approximately 45% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast. There is no shortage of gasoline, according to government officials and energy analysts. But there has been a problem getting fuel from Gulf Coast refineries to states that need it, and officials are scrambling to find alternate routes to deliver that fuel.