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Some drivers seem to be scraping change from ashtray to pay for gas

Call it a new economic indicator.

On Friday, I glanced around a local gas station to see how much people paid on various pumps. It didn't look good, with numbers bottoming out at $8.19, $5.43 and $4. It looked like they scraped change out of the ashtray just to get down the road.

The highest amount: $18.

Maybe people filled up gas cans to mow the lawn. Or maybe they're still struggling to make it with the cost of gas and groceries continuing to rise …

The Pier endures another debate, Channelside Bay Plaza remains mired in a court battle and even Tarpon Springs' Sponge Docks renovation has hit a snag. Sometimes, we really struggle to get things done around here …

Love the new "Rays Up" theme music on the promo ads. It sounds like a Pitbull jam and it's far more energetic and youthful than last year's "Welcome Home" spots …

Seen on a bumper sticker: What Would Jesus Buy At Walmart? …

Bayshore Home Care, a local home health care agency, has joined the global pay it forward movement by asking its employees to perform random acts of kindness and give bracelets to each recipient. So far, they've gone through 300 bracelets and hope that rises to 500 by Thursday, Pay It Forward Day …

Tampa police Chief Jane Castor will be arrested Friday — for charity. Castor will be among the VIPs arrested at Charley's Steak House to help raise money for Wheelchairs 4 Kids. Steve and Julie Weintraub serve as honorary chairs …

I'm not trying to get into any of the A-List Bollywood parties in town this week. I'm aiming strictly for the D-List events …

That's all I'm saying.

Some drivers seem to be scraping change from ashtray to pay for gas 04/20/14 [Last modified: Sunday, April 20, 2014 10:11pm]
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