I just lost two long time employees to another parts house. They took a cut in pay and still came out better because of being closer to home. My assistant manager had to get a second job and now his available hours are limited. I'm working 70+ hrs a week on a 40hr salary because of it.
I had to postpone my yearly trip to North Carolina to visit my brother and his family because I can't afford the cost of the gas. $300 just for the gas to get there and back.
I've already ditched cable television. I'm stocking up on wood for next winter because I can't afford natural gas anymore. I won't be using ac this summer. If it wasn't for saving the cost of gas and stamps to pay bills I wouldn't keep internet service or a home phone.
I do not see a positive flipside to being fleeced at the pump.