It should come as no surprise that in a commuter town like Charlotte, the recent gas crisis hit the workday crowd pretty hard.
The shortage, which lasted more than a week, frayed nerves and forced many to alter their routines. Some joined car pools or rode buses for the first time. Some even shadowed fuel tankers, hoping to follow them to gas.
Jaronica Howard worked from home. Howard, a Wachovia business systems consultant, credited her boss with making it easy for employees to work from home during the crisis.
She said several of her colleagues also worked from home.
“The day before, we had gone out at lunch looking for gas and couldn't find any and we said, ‘This is crazy,'” she said. “Thankfully, we can do our work from home when needed.”
Unfortunately, not all companies had such an option. For example, the shortage hit two local charities hard.
Less than half of its normal clientele could make it to Crisis Assistance Ministry during the shortage, and officials at Friendship Trays, a meals-on-wheels program, were forced to deliver two days of meals on one day, to save their volunteer's gas.