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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
DH can't go to work tomorrow because we have no $$$ for gas. I put 20 bucks in my little four cylinder car two days ago and my tank is completely empty. I think employers need to start giving people gas raises. It's pretty darn bad when someone can't get to work because they can't afford gas.
post #2 of 21
i cant believe its gotten to this point... something needs to happen
post #3 of 21
I'm writing letters to all my elected officials. Not all of them may be able to do something directly, but I'd hope they'd be able to take my concerns up to the right person if enough people start making some real noise over this! An election is fast approaching after all!
post #4 of 21
Can DH's employer help him out with extra for gas? Can he carpool with anyone?

I can identify. My DH started a new job in Feb. and he has to commute into the office just about every day now, which is about 50 miles each way. In his last job, same 50 miles, he only went into the office once per week. Over the summer, he is going to try to cut down to 2 days in the office.

I really hope everything works out for you. Sending
post #5 of 21
That happened to me last year so my boss came and picked me up and brought me a full gas can. I just gave her back $20 when payday came.
post #6 of 21
ouch yea i remember, years ago for a couple of weeks,
i carried a sign, "out of money need ride to work"
hope it gets better for you.
post #7 of 21
It may be time for a part-time job.
post #8 of 21
I just hope they give you and us others a big cost of living raise when our turn is due. Who am I fooling, wish full thinking.
post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
It may be time for a part-time job.
For me, yeah I'm looking. I've applied at quite a few places but no one will even call me for an interview. Not even at a gas station. I have a pretty good work history although I am off for awhile in between jobs.
post #10 of 21
I can not get a Job either and I applied at so many places. We can not go alot of places because of the Gas.
post #11 of 21
How awful
There was just a big thing on the news here about how half of the people in the city were getting shut off notices because they cant afford to pay for electricity. Its either heat, food, or electricity. Sure makes you wonder what is going to happen, I dont see how it can continue like this.
post #12 of 21
Its been pretty bad thats for sure! I had to borrow money just to go to a funeral because we couldn't afford the gas! I get a disconnect notice every month for my utilities, and everything is just overwhelming! Bosses are not giving cost of living raises like they should, and people are just dirt broke right now! Food prices have raised, the whole thing is just BS!! Im sorry you're broke too and can't afford the gas! I know how it goes!
post #13 of 21
wow, thigns really are just sad at your end. Gas is fairly pricey here too, but at least most people bike to work - if they have a car to fill, they've usually got a really high paid job and can afford to do it. I do know that our shelter is struggling a bit to keep all the inspectors vans on the roads because they don't recieve government funding at all... it's a charity that relies almost purely on donations from the public.
post #14 of 21
Yes, something has to happen, and we can't afford to wait until January 20, 2009. I'd like to start by prosecuting Halliburton and other war profiteers, taking back the billions they've stolen, and using that money to fix some of what's wrong. And none of this trickle-down theory, either -- it needs to go directly into the pockets of those in need.

There's one good thing that could come of all this, if employers are smart -- more jobs could be structured to minimize commuting:

1. Many more people could work from home at least part of the time. With webcams, even meetings don't always require physical presence.

2. Some industries could go to a four-day week.

3. Major downtown companies could open little storefront satellite offices in suburban areas, to keep employees who live in those areas from driving all the way to the main office.

Just think of all the benefits, even beyond energy issues! Wouldn't it be great if we got that smart?
post #15 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Yes, something has to happen, and we can't afford to wait until January 20, 2009. I'd like to start by prosecuting Halliburton and other war profiteers, taking back the billions they've stolen, and using that money to fix some of what's wrong. And none of this trickle-down theory, either -- it needs to go directly into the pockets of those in need.

There's one good thing that could come of all this, if employers are smart -- more jobs could be structured to minimize commuting:

1. Many more people could work from home at least part of the time. With webcams, even meetings don't always require physical presence.

2. Some industries could go to a four-day week.

3. Major downtown companies could open little storefront satellite offices in suburban areas, to keep employees who live in those areas from driving all the way to the main office.

Just think of all the benefits, even beyond energy issues! Wouldn't it be great if we got that smart?
I agree whole heartily!! Wouldn't it be nice!
post #16 of 21
and !!

Laurie
post #17 of 21
I know several people who have parked their cars and have started to use public transportation or even walking now that the weather is better. A couple have even dug out their bicycles for the nicer weather.

Perhaps one of those could be an alternative for your husband? Missing work because he can't afford gas to get get there may be looked at by his boss as a poor excuse for not showing up for work and he could get fired. That would be worse
post #18 of 21
lol i think we should start with Al Gore and his man made gobal warming lies.
hey the green people are getting there wish people are driving less. what more do you want
post #19 of 21
Where I work they just started a car pool program (even though I'm not sure anyone has taken advantage of it). Maybe your DH's company could try something like that as well. That stinks that he cant go to work due to not being able to put gas in the car!!
post #20 of 21
Thread Starter 
Well he scrounged up a dollar today and was going to drive to his moms to see if she could give him gas money. So he did end up going in to work. Biking is a good idea except for he works about 25 miles away.
post #21 of 21
A long way away then. and more for that to get sorted.
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