The My Little Pony Killer: In before the idiots flood this thread to suggest that she should have moved closer to work.
Tillmaster: The US system is broken.
Jument: Anyone who owns a car that gets 20 mpg except in the worst possible commuting traffic is an idiot who deserves what they get. There are plenty of reasonable options that will get you closer to or over 30. Nobody needs a huge, gas-sucking vehicle so just please stop it.
Monkeyhouse Zendo: In what universe is 35 miles a 30 minute commute? San Francisco is 7 miles across but it takes 45 minutes to get from the Sunset to the Embarcadero at 7:00 am.
evil saltine: But you're not unemployed.
Cyclometh: So, let's consider this in other terms.At $11.48 an hour, that is about $98 a day gross. Say you knock 20% off for taxes, Social Security, all that stuff. That leaves about $74If she drives a car that gets the US average of 20 miles per gallon, that's about 3.5 gallons a day for a 70-mile round trip commute. So at the average price of gas in Pottstown, PA, that's $12.50 a day in gasoline.So a 35-mile commute takes her take-home pay from $74 to $61.In conclusion, her commute costs would amount to about 20% of her pay.
thegarthok: No way you are going to win that case if you don't at least try the commute!
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