People Economize and Skimp on Their Money
By Seiga Ohtani
Eugene – The current depression has reached even Southeast Eugene area, where people are usually fond of slow life. People around here had the same problems on their business, employment, and even their daily life by the depression.
On February 9, 2010, three people, who spent their time at Southeast Eugene, responded Reporting I interviews about how the state of the economy has affected their business and how the recession has changed their personal life. Two of them were business people working in this area, and one was a person who engaged in her domestic shores. Over all, they had been influenced somehow by the depression of the economy.
The depression affects business in Southeast Eugene. Jiffy Market always sells both beer and wine. In its merchandises, beer sale does not seem to be affected by the economy. Glenn Wells, a cashier at Jiffy Market, said that beer sales change at all times by going up and down. It is just a seasonal change. But the sales of high-price wine have been on the decrease. “We sell a lot less high-priced wine, people are less inclined to splurge,” said Wells. This change has been caused by the state of the economy.
As well as business, some people have difficulty getting jobs. Wells said that he had 2 or 3 months blank time before he got the job. After a long-term employer quit working here, he replaced the predecessor. He appreciated his current job, saying that the job made him happier.
But there was an exception. Mazzi’s, which is one of the magnificent restaurants in Southeast Eugene, has not got serious influence by the economy. Mason Ambo, a general manager of Mazzi’s, said that this season, January, February, and March is considerably slow in terms of its income. So he said, “On a daily basis we cut a server and a hostess based on the conditions.” According to him, its employment is steady enough.
Katherine Conway, a telephone advice nurse, was at JC’s Laundry at the night only because her washing machine broke. She faced the consequence of the economy. She does not have money enough to put it back since her husband has gone in 1995 or 1996. She usually spends sixty to eighty dollars to use laundromat every two weeks for five people in her family. Also, working as a telephone nurse, she said that the working shifts became more competitive than before because working hours are getting cut. As a nurse, she has got a lot of calls about depression. Customers usually feel stresses on their money concerning and insurance.
Business is facing hardship, and people are hesitating to use their money because of depression. Ambo said that he is cautious how he will spend his money.