Blood for Oil, Literally
As Exxon's CEO pulls in $13,700 an hour, people in Rexburg, Idaho are donting blood to pay for gas:
Plasma Centers are reporting a record amount of donors in the past few weeks and say a lot of them are there to pay for gas.Drivers around the country are also pawning personal items to pay for gas:
Donors get paid between $20-$25 each time they donate and some say that isn't even enough to pay to fill up their tanks.
In Passaic, N.J., the owner of Aries Jewelers & Pawnbrokers says people are pawning their possessions for gas money: "They come in on Monday and Tuesday, saying, 'I need the money to put gas in my tank so I can get to work and get my check by Friday.' "Meantime, Chevron's first quarter profits rose 49 percent to $4 billion. The three largest oil companies, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and ConocoPhillips, brought in $191.5 billion in combined revenue in the first quarter. That's larger than the GDP of 189 countries.