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Higher gas prices affecting businesses, consumers

By Adam Klein, 69 News Photojournalist
Published On: Feb 24 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 25 2013 06:14:27 PM CST

Prices at the gas pumps have been on the rise.

The recent spike in prices at the pump is causing a ripple effect in the wallets of consumers and businesses owners.

Gas prices in Berks County have gone up more than 20 cents in last month, according to AAA.

"It's ridiculous, but what are you going to do? You got to go with the flow," said Shirley Stahl, of Exeter Township.

Dishing out extra cash to pay for gas is not an easy thing to do when you're living on a tight budget.

"Everything keeps going up. Groceries, you name it," said Russ Magazzu, of Exeter Township.

Consumers like Barbara Lachowski, of Exeter Township, said they question when their wallets will catch a break at the pump and grocery stores.

"I have to watch every dollar a lot more carefully than we use to. I don't eat out as much as I use to," said Lachowski.

In the restaurant industry, The Peanut Bar and Restaurant owner Michael Leifer said high gas prices result in delivery surcharges from food suppliers. Some companies, Leifer said, will not deliver food items if restaurants do not match the distributors' minimum delivery quota.

"We're all feeling it. We're feeling it in different ways," said Leifer.

Luckily for The Peanut Bar customers, Leifer said, the restaurant does not add the extra cost on their menu.

"We'll absorb those for as long as we can, and we're not going to make our guests feel any more of a pinch then they already do," said Leifer.