Columbia Residents Feel Pain at the Pump

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COLUMBIA - The pumps at one Columbia gas station were empty Sunday afternoon. Gas at a Sinclair station off of West Rollins Road charges $3.84 a gallon.

Increasing prices left some residents relieved they didn't need to travel this holiday weekend. 

"We actually live around the corner from my mom," Sheila Thompson said. "I'm going to her house for dinner and so everything is well.

Despite this, Thompson said she will not hold off on filling up. She has tried it in the past. "That ended up only hurting me and stopping me from the places I needed to be," Thompson said.

Most Columbia gas stations are charging $3.79. The national average is $3.86 according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The national average was about $3.83 just one week ago. Missouri's average is still less than the national average at $3.72.

Geoff Gentilini is especially affected by the increasing prices. He makes deliveries for Pizza Hut. "It's a little bit inopportune for me because I drive my car for work," Gentilini said.

High prices also affect Gentilini year round. "I think we have a bigger problem than just this weekend. We have the overall issue of gas prices going up and up," Gentilini said.

Last year, Missouri averaged $2.70 a gallon. The highest prices in the state are in the St. Louis area. Gas there is nearly $4.00.

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