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Houstonians are shocked at the pump as prices rise to record levels amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – As gas prices near record highs, Houston residents are already faced with difficult decisions.

Sticker shock is real for some Houstonians getting gas now.

“It’s crazy to ask someone to borrow $50 just so I can work for a week,” said Florence Tyler. “Sometimes it’s like, do I pay rent or do I get gas?”

It’s a reality some of our neighbors are facing. When gasoline approaches $4 a gallon, it makes an impression. People struggle to afford gas money to get to work.

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“I limit where I can go in my free time,” Candace Hargrave said. “Sometimes I have to borrow money just to buy gas to get to and from work.”

But it’s not all work, some say they miss out on activities with their kids.

“We were planning on going to the rodeo with my family, but we decided against it because the prices are really high,” said Mario Lopez of Houston.

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People also limit activities they should enjoy when they are retired.

“I’m a retired teacher on a steady income,” said Awny Gabriel. “It’s definitely affecting the luxury things I used to have, like playing tennis now. It’s limited to twice a week instead of four times a week.”

Neighbors fear the pump pain will spread to other items in the grocery and retail stores.

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“It’s ridiculous,” said Tamika Stewart. “It really is. I understand because of the war, but for a lot of Americans, it’s not going to be good for us.”

As the US moves away from Russian oil, neighbors are wondering how high they will take sticker shock because it’s already changing their daily lives.

“Those little extra times where we can stop and get donuts and cupcakes we can’t really do right now because I’m trying to use that money to pay for gas and it’s kind of going crazy,” Tyler said.

The price at the pump also affects some gas shop owners. Muhammad Ishaq said his gains are down 25% compared to last week. It has become difficult for his staff, who he says are insulted by customers.

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“They think we’re overpriced, but we’re hand-tied,” Ishaq explained. “We have to listen to where we get the price from. In fact, the price is $3.79. These are my costs.”

It’s a difficult time for owners and customers, and it’s not expected to end anytime soon.

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